Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario
 
 
Dear Neighbour,

I know that many people are concerned about COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Globally, the outbreak is evolving quickly, and the Middlesex-London Health Unit is actively monitoring the situation in London.

You can help protect yourself, your family, and our community by taking a few simple precautions:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water often, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve; or cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces frequently

Below, you can find links to more information about the virus, as well as what is being done at Queen's Park to address the corona virus pandemic.

Please note that as a precautionary measure, I have decided to postpone the Tenant Town Hall that was planned for next week. I will announce a rescheduled date as soon as possible. In the meantime, I have updated my website with more tenant resources.

My staff and I remain available to assist you, so please continue to reach out to my community office. If your issue can be resolved by phone or email, please consider contacting us at 519-657-3120 or psattler-co@ndp.on.ca as an alternative to an in-person visit.

Finally, I want to commend the dedicated public health staff and front-line healthcare workers who are doing an amazing job to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and working so hard to keep us safe and informed.

Thank you, as well, to all of you who are following the advice of our public health officials and helping our community stay healthy!

All the best,
 

TESTING UPDATE

As of March 13, testing is no longer recommended for individuals based on travel. It is being conducted for those who have acute respiratory illness and are hospitalized, in long-term care or other institutions, First Nations community members living on reserve or health care workers.

Most cases of COVID-19 will result in mild symptoms that can be managed with rest and proper hydration at home.

If you experience severe symptoms such as chest pains or shortness of breath, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

If you have symptoms and are unsure whether to go to a hospital, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

 

ontario.ca/coronavirus

Find information about COVID-19 symptoms, how to protect yourself, and an information sheet that is available in multiple languages.

The Ministry of Health also provides updates on the status of authorized tests, results, and confirmed cases in Ontario every day at 10:30 am and 5:30 pm.

 

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Find local information about COVID-19 and what is being done locally to prevent and prepare for a potential outbreak in London.

 

Canada.ca/coronavirus

Information from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and updates on the national response, travel advice and preparedness.

 

travel.gc.ca

Important travel updates regarding Coronavirus around the world.

 

At Queen's Park

As the Official Opposition, my caucus colleagues and I are working to ensure that contingency plans are in place for hospitals, schools, shelters, public services, workers and businesses, and have called on the provincial government to release details of those plans with Ontarians. Clear communication and full transparency are especially vital during a crisis like this.  

While Ontarians are advised to stay home when they are sick, for many workers that means lost pay and fear of losing their jobs. And though we fully support Ontario's Chief Medical Officer in his decision to order schools to be closed for two weeks following March Break, we recognize that this will create a difficult situation for many parents - at home and at work. Parents need assurance that they can stay home with their kids and will not be fired or disciplined. 

We strongly support the hundreds of Ontario healthcare professionals who are calling for paid sick days and an end to sick notes. Asking people to get a note from a doctor goes directly against the advice of public health officials, which is to stay home if you have symptoms and only visit a doctor if you are very ill.

At the same time, I know that small and medium-sized businesses can't afford to have many members of their team away, and we may see supply-chain challenges that grind business to a halt. We need to know how the government will help businesses through this period so they can come back strong when the threat of the virus has passed. Knowing the contingency plan will help prevent panic and keep our economy moving.

We have repeatedly asked the Premier to work with us to enact changes quickly, even if only on a temporary basis, because we must align our provincial employment standards with the best advice of public health experts. We will continue to work constructively with the government, support good steps when they are taken, flag gaps and concerns, and propose productive solutions that work for the people of Ontario.

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