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January 13th, 2022 Weekly Community Update
I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during these challenging times. Let’s continue to protect each other and reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, limiting in-person contacts, maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask and staying home when ill.
I would also like to remind everyone that self-care is key, and it is important to prioritize your wellbeing. Make sure to stay active, drink water, connect with loved ones for support over the phone or virtually and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Remember local Mental Health supports and services can be accessed online here.
Given the threat posed by the COVID-19 Omicron variant, there is a critical need for all eligible residents to get their first, second and third “booster” doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. Learn about why, how, and where to get vaccinated on the City's COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
NEW: Team Toronto continuing to help kids and education workers get vaccinated – News Release. Over the next three days, starting today through Saturday, January 15, Team Toronto will hold clinics that will work to administer COVID-19 vaccine to kids and education workers, ahead of the return to in-class learning next Monday. The clinics include 11 school-based clinics, one school that is invited to a hospital clinic; and five City of Toronto Mass Immunization Clinics.
These clinics are part of Team Toronto’s continuing efforts to make progress in helping residents get vaccinated. Learn about why, how, and where to get vaccinated on the City's COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated webpage.
NEW: City of Toronto continues to support in-person learning for students and education staff – News Release. Following this week’s provincial announcements, Team Toronto and Toronto Public Health (TPH) continue to support schools and school boards, as students return to in-person learning on Monday, January 17. In-person learning is essential for the mental and physical well-being of students.
Toronto Public Health is supporting schools by providing guidance for public health measures to protect students and staff, such as daily screening for symptoms by students and staff, cohorting, physical distancing and wearing high quality, well-fitted mask, based on the updated provincial guidance. TPH also continues to recommend infection prevention and control measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 within school settings.
TPH will continue to meet with school boards and provide public health guidance to keep the school environment as safe as possible. We are working with school boards on how best to implement the new provincial direction on cohort dismissals and school closures. More information will be shared on this in the days to come. The updated provincial guidance for testing, case and contact and outbreak management is available here
Additionally, TPH has updated its school and child care screening tool. TPH continues to recommend that all students and staff complete the screening tool before heading to school. If someone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19, everyone in the home, regardless of vaccination status, is required to stay home and self-isolate. Ensuring students and staff do not come to school with symptoms continues to be an important measure to limit COVID-19 in schools. TPH’s screening tool is consistent with provincial guidance and is available here
Please visit your respective School Board website for additional information and latest COVID-19 updates:
NEW: City of Toronto providing more than 310,000 N95 masks for clients in the shelter system and readies two community centres for use as emergency shelter space – News Release.This new order will add to the City’s supply of PPE in shelter sites, including more than 213,000 N95 masks for shelter staff and clients, 188,000 surgical masks and more than 121,000 rapid antigen tests (RAT) for the system.
Additionally, the City will open two community centres creating additional emergency space to help those experiencing homelessness get out from the cold. As part of the City's response to COVID-19, the City is also currently operating 26 temporary sites to create physical distancing in the shelter system and provide space for people to move indoors from encampments.
UPDATE: FH Health x Toronto Zoo Mass Vaccination Clinic is now OPEN! Book your booster appointment today! You will need an email address and your health card (valid or expired) to book an appointment. Book now at www.fhvax.com
UPDATE: Scarborough Health Network Vaccine Pop-ups – By Appointment Only – Book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca
The City of Toronto remains in a modified Step Two of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen until at least January 26, 2022. The City has updated its website to reflect the changes in City services, i encourage residents to review the changes here.
City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of January 13, 2022) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
NEW: More than 100,000 kids have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine; more than 45 per cent of eligible residents have received their third dose. Team Toronto continues to make progress helping residents of all ages get vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 100,000 children in Toronto, aged five to 11 years, have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 45.3 per cent of eligible residents have their third dose.
NEW: Scarborough Health Network Foundation #LoveScarborough Campaign! This week, SHN Foundation officially launched their #LoveScarborough campaign to shed light on the healthcare inequities in the city of Toronto. Show your love to Scarborough and help SHN Foundation raise $100 million dollars to support our Scarborough hospitals. Our care needs your care. For more information and to donate please visit: www.LoveScarborough.ca
NEW: City of Toronto opens applications for new Cultural Festivals Funding Program (CFFP) to boost support of cultural festivals and economic recovery. Applications for CFFP will be assessed according to criteria including: cultural vitality; public impact and citizen engagement; organizational capacity, resiliency and public health; and financial sustainability. Applications for all three streams will close February 11, 2022. Verbal notification of funding to recipients by March 31, 2022, funds released in April 2022.
Online information sessions about the application process will be held on January 18. More information about CFFP, eligibility criteria, program guidelines and application are available at Toronto.ca/CultureGrants.
REMINDER: Waste Management Guide & Collection Schedules Update – The way that residents receive their collection schedules and certain waste management information is changing. The City is not producing and mailing a 2022 Waste Calendar. Instead, 2022 collection schedules are being sent as part of the utility bill and a condensed waste management guide is being produced and mailed to all households. Learn more here.
Welcome T.O. Winter Everyone! I would like to encourage everyone to review the City’s Winter Services which is available online here. Track real-time locations of plows, sidewalk plows and salt trucks and to identify which roads have been serviced by winter snow clearing vehicles and crews using the City’s PlowTO Map. Remember contacting 311 is the most efficient way to ensure the City is aware of any snow clearing issues and can have crews out as soon as resources are available.
Applications are being accepted for the City of Toronto's Retail Accelerator Program. Part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative, the new program provides access to retail training, advisory services and mentoring opportunities, as well as a micro grant of $10,000 to help retail businesses develop and expand. Apply by March 31, 2022.
The East Scarborough Storefront’s Academic Upgrading & Financial Literacy Information Session
January 20, 2022 | 9:30am to 12:30pm
Register by calling 416-208-9889 or email email@example.com.
SBA Cyber Breakfast: The Impact: Reintroducing Business Restrictions & Lockdown
January 20, 2022 | 9:15am to 10:00am
Open House – Ontario Line & Scarborough Subway Extension Zoning By-law Amendments
January 25, 2022 | 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:
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