Office of the Mayor and Council Update
Thursday, June 18 COVID-19 emergency
This is what we've been waiting for.

After three months, many Oakville businesses will be able to reopen tonight at 12:01 a.m. and welcome customers back to patios, stores and services. I, along with Members of Council will be out, visiting patios and safely and responsibly celebrating their return to business. I hope you will, in the near future, do the same, when you feel comfortable with it.

Through my Economic Task Force, Oakville has launched a number of initiatives to help our local businesses get to this point, including:
  • A patio program
  • Free parking in municipal lots and on-street parking in commercial districts
  • Deferred property tax payments for local businesses
  • Extended business licenses and the required renewal
  • Advocated on behalf of local businesses

Now is the time to enjoy, to your degree of comfort with precautions and healthcare capacity, the fruits of our labour while keeping the health and safety of our community in mind. As you visit local businesses, perhaps for the first time in three months, and even ones you've been able to visit throughout the pandemic, please keep my three Cs of COVID-caution in mind: avoid closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings. 

The virus needs fresh people to keep spreading, don't give it that opportunity and when you do go out, keep others safe by wearing a mask, keep yourself safe by washing your hands and keep everyone safe by keeping a two-metre distance. This is how we can support local businesses in a safe and responsible way.

Don't forget how far we've come in the pandemic. Scroll to the end of this email for the updated timeline, which also looks ahead through the recovery phase we're now in.

Congratulations, Oakville, you slowed the spread of COVID-19 and now we're entering Stage 2.
Items in this update:

  • COVID case counts
  • Canada tops 100,000 reported coronavirus cases
  • Canada to begin immunity testing of COVID-19
  • Mandatory mask wearing laws spreading in Canada
  • WHO hopes for two billion doses of vaccine
  • Stage 2 reopening discussed on CHCH Morning Live
  • Ford donates face shields to Town of Oakville
  • Town of Oakville announcements
  • Celebrate Canada Day virtually
  • Cooling centres
  • Halton Region pushes governments for emergency funding
  • Lakeshore Road reconstruction update
  • Teens launch face mask business
  • Provincial Government announcements
  • Ontario invests in mental health and technology to support students
  • Ontario enhancing COVID-19 case and contact management
  • Ontario pauses commercial evictions
  • Ontario moves forward with infrastructures projects
  • Ontario plans to extend state of emergency until mid-July
  • Ontario courts to resume in-person trials July 6
  • Federal Government announcements
  • PM announces mobile app to notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
  • Wholesale sales take record fall
  • China races to prevent virus second wave
  • Masks mandatory in some Turkish cities
  • In other COVID-related news
  • Ontario considers 'good faith' immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits
  • Cambridge, Ont. woman finally negative for COVID-19 after 14 tests
  • Your blood type could affect your coronavirus risk: study
  • Kids still need to get vaccinated for diseases during COVID-19, nursing expert says
  • Face shields are easier to talk in, but are they safer than masks?
  • Quebec relaxes rules around physical distancing at daycares
  • How do I know when it’s time to buy a new mask? 
  • Blood plasma from people who recovered is a safe COVID-19 treatment, study
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COVID case counts
Total confirmed cases in Halton increased by  new confirmed cases but because there were negative results on 3 pending cases from yesterday, the net total decreased from 712 to  710  with  new confirmed case in Oakville, from 238 to  239. There are 23 cases that are probable cases,  probable cases are individuals presumed to have COVID-19 because they have symptoms of COVID-19 and are travelers returning from an affected area, have had close contact with a confirmed case, lived/worked in a facility experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, or had indeterminate test results.  The Oakville Beaver reports: Oakville 239 confirmed cases with 239 recoveries and 23 active cases
 
There were 9 new reported recoveries in Oakville, from 230 to  239  and +11   new   recoveries in Halton Region from 671 to  682 .
 
Oakville's community transmission rate has increased to 37 per cent as pictured.
As of noon, Ontario’s regional health units are reporting a total of 34,629 confirmed and probable cases, including 2,602 deaths — up a total of 175 new cases since Wednesday morning.

Today, Toronto reached a tragic milestone, marking 1,000 COVID-19 deaths.

As of 12:42 p.m., Canada had 100,146 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases, with 62,442 considered recovered or resolved. 
Visit https://art-bd.shinyapps.io/covid19canada/ for the U of T COVID-19 data aggregation map
COVID-19 deaths per million
Canada tops 100,000 reported coronavirus cases
Ontario reported 173 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, pushing Canada's total number of confirmed and presumptive cases above 100,000.

Canada buying 140,000 blood tests to begin immunity testing of COVID-19
Blood samples collected from tens of thousands of Canadians will soon be tested for signs of COVID-19 antibodies as the federal government seeks to learn how many people have already contracted the novel coronavirus.

Mandatory mask laws are spreading in Canada
Governments across the country are starting to make mask wearing mandatory in certain situations to curb the spread of COVID-19. Here’s a closer look at why some advocates are calling for that to be more widespread, and why others have reservations.

Researchers report rare neurological condition in a few COVID-19 patients
Doctors in Europe are documenting a few COVID-19 patients who’ve later developed a rare and potentially dangerous neurological condition that is typically connected to other viral infections.

WHO hopes for two billion doses of vaccine
The chief scientist at the World Health Organization says the agency hopes there will be about 2 billion doses of a vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of next year that would be reserved for “priority populations.”

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told a press briefing: “It’s a big if because we don’t have any vaccine that’s proven.”

She said that because of the numerous vaccine candidates currently being tested, WHO hoped at least some might prove ready for use next year.

Swaminathan said that WHO recommends immunizing people at risk first, including the elderly and those with underlying conditions like diabetes or respiratory disease, as well as key workers.

But Swaminathan noted that there was still no strategy regarding any possible global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. “WHO will propose these solutions,” she said. “Countries need to agree and come to a consensus. That’s the only way this can work.”

Numerous developed countries including Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S. have already struck deals with pharmaceuticals to secure vaccine supplies for their citizens first.

WHO and partners have called for drugmakers to suspend their patent rights on any effective COVID-19 vaccine and for billions of dollars to buy vaccines for developing countries.
Oakville and Halton
Stage 2 reopening discussed on CHCH Morning Live
This morning in my weekly appearance on CHCH Morning Live I discussed Oakville’s success at keeping COVID rates low, how ready we are to open up to Stage 2 tonight and how municipalities anxiously await word from Minister Stephen Clark about what financial assistance we’re going to get from the government.

Ford donates face shields to Town of Oakville
Ford Canaday donated 300 face shields from the Windsor plant to the town's central operations staff.

The shields will be used for the health and safety of town staff in various departments and we thank them for this generous donation.
Thank you Oak Dry Cleaners
Today I visited Mona and Frank at Oak Dry Cleaners at Sixth Line and River Glen Blvd to thank them for the masks they made for me and those they've been offering to the community for the cost of a donation. All money collected has been distributed in food and monetary format, monthly, to frontline workers at our hospital.
Town of Oakville announcements
Celebrate Oakville’s Canada Day virtually from the comfort of your home
This year, we’re bringing the party to you, eh! While COVID-19 might prevent us from gathering together in person, we can still celebrate this Canada Day connected as a community. The Town of Oakville is excited to bring you a full day of local entertainment and family-friendly Canada Day themed activities that you can enjoy from the comfort of home via the town’s Facebook page on July 1, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“On behalf of Oakville Town Council, I’d like to extend my thanks to Oakville residents for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. The town remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and residents, which is why we continue to take necessary actions to support physical distancing, including celebrating Canada Day virtually,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This year, our Canada Day celebrations will look different but connecting virtually will still allow us to share our love and patriotism for our country while experiencing the virtual activities and entertainment the town has planned for us.”

Presented in partnership with Canadian Heritage, Oakville’s Virtual Canada Day will feature music and performances by local artists, including Haley Marie, Intrada Brass, High Rendition Jazz, Oakville Chinese Network, as well as crowd-sourced content from the community. Selected content, including photos and videos, will be incorporated into our Canada Day celebration.

For our grand finale, residents are invited to sing O Canada from their backyard, driveway or balcony with the Oakville Suzuki Association, and then watch a virtual fireworks display at 9 p.m. by downloading the Snapd HUB app on their mobile device.

Leading up to Canada Day, Oakville residents are invited to take part in the following activities:

Decorate a Rock. June 25 to 30
Residents are encouraged to decorate a rock with a meaningful message to share with the community. Residents are reminded to avoid removing rocks from the local habitat and to use environmentally-friendly paints. Once decorated, t ake a photo of your rock and send it to public.art@oakville.ca or tag @townoakville with #OakvilleCanadaDayRocks. Then bring your painted rock to one of our drop-off locations listed below in Oakville’s Business Improvement Areas anytime between June 25 to 30 to be added to the Canada Day Inspirational Rock art installations curated by the community.

Pick up & Plant at Tree. Friday, June 26 from 4 to 8 p.m .
To help reach our 40 per cent canopy coverage goal, Oakville residents are also invited to plant a native tree on their property. To celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, we are giving away 153 trees. Residents can select from three species including Sugar Maple (Canada’s National tree), White Pine (Ontario’s tree) and Oak (popular tree in Oakville), while supplies last. If you don’t have space for a tree, we will have hundreds of plants and flowers available too.

Tree Pick Up and Rock Drop Off Locations
Oakville residents are invited pick up trees and flowers, and safely drop their rocks off, at the following locations:
  • Westwood Park Gazebo (170 Wilson Street)
  • Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park Butterfly Gazebo (2340 Ontario Street)
  • Centennial Square (120 Navy Street)

Special Canada Day giveaways will be offered during the tree, plant and flower pick-up times.
After dropping off your rock art or picking up your tree, please support our BIAs by shopping local.

Residents are reminded to follow proper health precautions, including the use of face coverings, use of hand sanitizer, and practicing physical distancing.

Please visit oakville.ca for the full event schedule including performance times, contests and other fun activities. Follow us on Twitter Facebook  and  Instagram .
Cooling centres
Trafalgar Park Community Centre will open as a cooling centre when Halton Region issues a heat warning, anticipated over the next day or two. 
Halton Region pushes Trudeau and Ford governments for emergency funding
Halton councillors are urging the federal and provincial governments to strike a deal for immediate emergency operating funds that would support municipalities through the financial crunch of COVID-19.

A motion to that effect was unanimously passed by regional council June 17 as Halton’s bottom line continues to feel the impact of front-line staff overtime and other pandemic-related expenditures — extra measures that are estimated to cost over $10 million by year-end.

Continuous pour of concrete sidewalk - Allan to Reynolds.
"Thanks to all businesses and residents on the north side of Lakeshore between Allan and Reynolds streets. With your help, we were able to execute a continuous concrete pour of the new sidewalk. This will help to advance the construction schedule."
Lakeshore Road reconstruction update
What's happening now
Allan to Reynolds
·     Placement of granular material for road base
·     Preparation for sidewalk replacement (south side)
 
Reynolds to Trafalgar
·     Preparation for Silva Cell installation, north side
 
Trafalgar to Dunn
·     Installation of new watermain services
 
Navy to Dunn
·     Granite pavers, planter curbs and bollard installation
What's been completed
Allan to Reynolds
·     Concrete sidewalk installation, north side
·     Repairs to Oakville Hydro transformer vault
·     Wiring of streetlights

Reynolds to Trafalgar
·     Installation of silva cells on south side
·     Street light pole bases south side
·     Excavation of Reynolds intersection

Navy to Dunn
Granite paver and planter curb installation ongoing
There’s still time to apply for a patio permit

You Can Still Apply. Complete the 2020 patio permit application (pdf) . Then send to service@oakville.ca .

Town staff have been meeting with restaurant owners and managers as part of the application process for patios and bistros on municipal sidewalks and roadways. While town permits will be issued, applicants must comply with provincial directives and regulations. This program is part of the Town of Oakville’s Commercial Recovery Initiative.

What’s New for 2020
1.   Town lands, such as sidewalks and parking spaces and will be available in 2020 for patios and displays subject to permitting requirements.
2.   Opportunities for new or extended patios on private property with temporary exemptions from required parking.
3.   Application fees related to processing permits have been waived for 2020.
4.   Municipal information and documentation required by the AGCO can be processed at the same time, if applicable

For more details, please contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or service@oakville.ca .
Teens launch face mask business
Brothers, Garth Webb students and Oakville Rangers Noah and Jacob have been dedicating their free time creating face masks.

Available at vikingssupply.com, the 100 per cent cotton masks can also be purchased at a reduced cost to be donated to a seniors’ home, small business or the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.

The pair were recently interviewed by MP Pam Damoff. Watch the video
Ontario
Provincial Government announcements
Ontario invests in mental health and technology to support students
The Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced $15 million to purchase thousands of classroom computers, and $10 million to hire additional mental health workers.

These new resources will help ensure students can return to school with the confidence and the tools they need to succeed. This funding represents the highest amount the Ministry of Education has ever dedicated to these two areas through the Grants for Student Needs (GSN).

Through consultations with Public Health Ontario, the Hospital for Sick Children and front-line workers, the government heard about the need for enhanced mental health supports to respond to COVID-19. This new $10 million investment will provide students with unprecedented direct access to regulated mental health professionals and significantly reduce wait times.

Today's announced funding of $10 million is in addition to the government's commitment of $25 million in permanent funding to hire approximately 180 front-line mental health workers in secondary schools across Ontario.

The province also recognizes that access to technology is more important now than ever as students prepare for a new environment which could include both learning at home and in-person learning. That is why the government is providing $15 million to secure up to 35,000 classroom computers. This new technology will help ensure students who face difficulty accessing technology are able to leverage these tools to succeed in the 2020-21 school year.

Access to digital learning resources, as well as internet connectivity and access to devices, have all been identified by school boards and other stakeholders as urgent needs during the current school closure period. The Government is proceeding with internet connectivity at all schools in Ontario, including all high schools by September 2020 and all elementary schools by September 2021.
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. These additional measures include a comprehensive case and contact management strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management, and, in partnership with the federal government, a new made-in-Ontario national app called COVID Alert.

The government's enhanced strategy focuses on strengthening and standardizing case and contact management by:
  • Ensuring that all new cases and their close contacts are identified early, contacted quickly, investigated thoroughly and are followed up with daily for up to 14 days;
  • Supporting public health units with up to 1,700 additional staff from Statistics Canada;
  • Improving technology tools by modernizing the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) through the implementation of a new custom-built COVID-19 case and contact management system; and
  • Launching a privacy-first exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Ontario is providing updated case and contact management guidance for all public health units to ensure consistency across the province. To continue to ensure cases and their contacts are reached in a timely and effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health units will:
  • Connect with cases, and with all individuals who have had close contact with a positive case, within 24 hours of being identified;
  • Direct all close contacts to self-isolate for up to 14 days;
  • Follow up with close contacts every day for the duration of their self-isolation; and
  • Advise testing of all appropriate close contacts.

To augment the current provincial capacity of approximately 2,000 case managers and contact tracers, Ontario is providing additional contact tracing staff. New and expanded capacity will be provided through Statistics Canada with access to up to 1,700 additional staff, available to all provinces, for contact tracing. Public Health Ontario will continue overseeing the training and coordination of these additional resources.

Over the summer and into the fall, Ontario will continue to build a supplementary pool of contact tracers from the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector for additional surge capacity, as required. This will allow public health units to perform their other critical functions, including inspections of food premises and water in recreational facilities, and vaccinations.

To help Ontarians stay safe as the province reopens and social interactions increase, Ontario will be partnering with the federal government to launch COVID Alert, a new privacy-first exposure notification app, within the next two weeks. The made-in-Ontario app was developed by the Ontario Digital Service (ODS) and a group of volunteers from Shopify. One of the overarching principles is ensuring the privacy and security for all users, which is why the government will leverage BlackBerry volunteer expertise to audit the security and privacy of the application, in addition to the province's internal security reviews.

Users will be able to voluntarily download the app and be notified anonymously if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. In Ontario, the app will also provide users with quick access to Ontario's public health advice and resources, and recommend any necessary actions, such as monitoring for symptoms, self-isolation or appropriate next steps on getting tested. Using a national application will help ensure that Ontarians are notified, regardless of which province they are in, helping us towards the goal of ensuring we can all move more freely and safely.

Ontario is also implementing a new user-friendly case and contact management system that will integrate with COVID-19 laboratory results from the Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS) data, making current processes significantly more efficient and reducing the administrative burden for public health unit staff. A single central system will enable the province to identify provincewide regional trends and hotspots, while protecting personal health information. Custom-built on the Salesforce platform, the new system will also allow for a remote workforce, enabling contact tracing to be quickly ramped up when required.

Everyone should continue to follow public health guidelines to stay safe, including physical distancing with people not in your social circle, wearing a face covering if physical distancing is a challenge, washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, and, if you think you have COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, getting tested.
Ontario pauses commercial evictions 
Yesterday the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020.

Landlords and tenants are encouraged to participate in the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The pause on evictions does not apply to those participating in CECRA for small businesses, as the program requires landlords to enter into a rent reduction agreement with their impacted small business tenants and commits them to a moratorium on evictions for three months.
Ontario Moves Forward with Infrastructure Projects that Improve Communities and Create Jobs
The Ontario government continues to move forward with 37 major infrastructure projects across the province using the public-private partnership (P3) model. The projects were listed in the  Spring 2020 P3 Market Update  (known in the market as updates to the "P3 Pipeline"), which was released today by Laurie Scott, Ontario's Minister of Infrastructure.

"The message today is clear, our government is moving from shovel ready to shovels in the ground," said Minister Scott. "The P3 Market Update signals to the infrastructure sector that Ontario remains committed to major infrastructure projects including subways, highways, health care and community safety projects. This is stimulus that will create jobs and contribute to the economic recovery of our province."

The P3 Market Update is a list of public projects in the pre-procurement and procurement stages for which Ontario has committed funding. The list helps potential local and global private sector partners organize their time and resources to make sure Ontario gets robust, innovative and competitive bids for its P3 infrastructure projects.

"Ontario's unique P3 model is a proven, internationally-recognized approach that gets projects done on time and on budget," said Minister Scott. "We look forward to continuing to work with our private sector partners to build these significant projects for the benefit of people today and for generations to come." 

Ontario's P3 model is part of the government's plan to build new infrastructure including transit, highways, schools and hospitals faster, improve productivity, help businesses get goods to markets, and create jobs.

"This spring's update is an important reassurance to industry and the people of Ontario," said Ehren Cory, Infrastructure Ontario President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is important to provide as much certainty as possible to our industry partners regarding the Province's commitment to the many P3 projects in planning and procurement."

The government committed to providing four infrastructure updates annually, with the next update planned for this summer, and a more comprehensive update planned for the fall.
Ontario plans to extend state of emergency until middle of July
The Ontario government tabled a motion Wednesday night to extend Ontario's state of emergency until the middle of July. 

Ontario courts to resume in-person trials starting July 6
Trials and Preliminary Hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice resume July 6, 2020. The Ministry of the Attorney General, which is responsible for courts administration and courthouse facilities, has established an incremental plan to prepare courthouses and courtrooms to facilitate the return to full court operations across Ontario. The Ministry has announced the first phase of the plan (Phase One) will be implemented Monday July 6, 2020, in a limited number of courthouses and courtrooms. Court operations will continue to expand with additional courthouses and courtrooms added as the Ministry continues to implement its plan across the province, with a targeted completion date of November 1, 2020.

As part of the return to operations plan, the Ministry is implementing health and safety measures in each courthouse.

More
Canada
Federal Government announcements
Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario.

The app, originally developed by the Government of Ontario, will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly, which is an important step toward containing the virus and safely restarting the economy.

Use of the app will be voluntary. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, a health care provider will give them a unique temporary code, so they can upload their status anonymously to a national network. Other users who have downloaded the app and come in contact with that person will be notified, through the app, that they may have been exposed to the virus. The app will also provide users with information on steps they can take to keep themselves and others safe, and we are working with the provinces and territories so they can customize public health information based on their own jurisdiction.

The Canadian Digital Service is leading the development of the app, in collaboration with the Ontario Digital Service and building upon technology developed by Shopify volunteers. The app will undergo a security review by BlackBerry. It incorporates Bluetooth technology provided by Apple and Google to anonymously record instances where users have come into close contact. To protect confidentiality and privacy, the app will not disclose the identity of users. This information will never be shared with any other entity, will not be stored by the app, and will never leave the user’s phone. No personal information is collected by the app, and it does not track the user’s location to ensure the privacy of all Canadians.

The app will be available to Canadians for free download in the coming weeks, with health authorities in Ontario being the first to distribute the unique, temporary codes to people who test positive for COVID-19. We are working with the other provinces and territories to make it available in their jurisdictions as well. We anticipate other provinces and territories will come on board in the coming weeks and months.

The Government of Canada and provincial and territorial governments will continue to work together to restart our economy through a gradual and phased approach, while protecting the health of all Canadians.
Wholesale sales take record fall
Statistics Canada says wholesale sales fell by a record 21.6 per cent to $49.8 billion in April, led by a plunge in the motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector due to the pandemic.

The federal agency says wholesale sales fell to their lowest level since July 2013 as all seven subsectors recorded lower sales for the first time since November 2008.

Economists on average had expected a drop of 12.6 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.
International news
China races to prevent virus second wave
China imposed travel restrictions on nearly half a million people near its capital on Thursday to contain a fresh coronavirus outbreak as deaths surged in other parts of the world.

The threat of a second wave hitting China, which had largely brought the virus under control, and rising tolls in Latin America and South Asia underscore the global challenge in slowing down the pandemic that has killed around 450,000 people.

Masks mandatory in some Turkish cities
Turkish authorities have made the wearing of masks mandatory in three major cities to curb the spread of COVID-19 following an uptick in confirmed cases since the reopening of many businesses.

The governors of Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa announced the mask rule late Wednesday in line with a recommendation by the country’s scientific advisory council. Masks are now obligatory in 47 out of 81 provinces. The statements said masks would be worn in all public spaces.

Turkey is seeing an upward trend in the daily number of infections after the government authorized cafes, restaurants, gyms, parks, beaches and museums to reopen, lifted el restrictions between cities and eased stay-at-home orders for the elderly and young at the start of June.
In other COVID-related news:
Ontario considers 'good faith' immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits
Ontario is considering granting some degree of immunity from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19, CBC News has learned.

Cambridge, Ont. woman finally negative for COVID-19 after 14 tests
A Cambridge, Ont. woman is now considered recovered from COVID-19 after her 13th and 14th tests came back negative, 76 days after her first positive test.

Your blood type could affect your coronavirus risk: study
A genetic analysis of  COVID-19  patients suggests that blood type might influence whether someone develops severe disease.
Scientists who compared the genes of thousands of patients in Europe found that those who had Type A blood were more likely to have severe disease while those with Type O were less likely.

Kids still need to get vaccinated for diseases during COVID-19, nursing expert says
A nursing expert worries about an uptick in diseases like measles and whooping cough because fewer people are getting vaccinations during the COVID-19 pandemic — the province and Hamilton Public Health say physical distancing is stymying the spread.

Face shields are easier to talk in, but are they safer than masks?
Plastic face shields cover the eyes, nose and mouth — all areas where the novel coronavirus can enter the body.

Quebec relaxes rules around physical distancing at daycares
Children in the same group won't have to stay two metres apart from one another as of next Monday.
How do I know when it’s time to buy a new mask? 
Blood plasma from people who recovered is a safe COVID-19 treatment, study says

Upcoming events:
Celebrate Pride
June is Pride Month, and OPL is teaming up with other Halton region libraries to virtually celebrate our 2SLGBTQ+ community!

Share with OPL your artwork, poems, stories or videos that showcase what Pride means to you on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram and tag #OakvilleLibrary and #HaltonPrideExpo.
We're bringing the party to you, eh
The Town of Oakville is excited to bring you a full day of virtual entertainment and activities you can do from the comfort of your home on July 1, 2020.

We invite you to enjoy musical performances, Canada Day themed challenges, a town-wide singing of O Canada, virtual fireworks display, and more!
Sunset Cinema @ Home: June 19

Stay home, stay healthy, and support Oakville Hospital healthcare heroes! Join  the Oakville Hospital Foundation  for Sunset Cinema @ Home, the perfect summer movie night on Friday, June 19 at 7pm.

Walk to end ALS
The virtual edition of the Walk to End ALS event will take place June 21. ALS partner, Brain Canada, is offering a dollar for dollar match of up to $1 million to invest in promising ALS research.

What's on at the OPL
Oakville Public Library is now offering contactless holds pickups and the ability to return borrowed library materials at select locations. Details at opl.on.ca

Branches: Glen Abbey – Iroquois Ridge - Woodside

Library Take-out and materials return will be available from 11:30-7 on Tuesday and Thursday and 9:30-5 on Saturday.

The materials return process follows the same after-hours process as pre-COVID19.
Library Take-Out holds pick-up process:

Customers can place holds as usual from www.opl.ca , or
  • a.by calling one of the open branches during open hours
                                              i.    GA - (905) 815-2039)
                                            ii.    IR - (905) 338-4247
                                           iii.    WS - (905) 815-2036

Once their hold is available, customers will be contacted either by email or phone to select a pick-up slot. Each time slot is 30 minutes and has limited spots available.

On their selected date/time, customers can arrive at their indicated branch and pick-up their hold(s) from the vestibule.

Customers enjoy their new materials
 

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on Instagram Live
Get moving with stories, songs and fun during Family Storytime! Hosted virtually on Instagram Live. Follow @oakvillelibrary on Instagram .

Tuesdays & Thursdays • 2 pm
Kids Library Club
Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we explore fun activities in the fields of science, technology, art and more! Tuesday's session will be Storytelling and Thursday is Photography . Limited spaces.

Friday, June 19 • 10 am
An informal, weekly craft meetup to share what you’re working on, and gather inspiration from fellow craft enthusiasts.
Join us on  Zoom  (Meeting ID: 936 5905 6875, Password: 756445) or call 1-647 374 4685. 

Fridays and Saturdays • 10 am
Family Storytime on YouTube 
Follow OPL on YouTube and enjoy pre-recorded Family Storytime on Fridays and Saturdays at 10 am. Remember to subscribe to our YouTube page so you don't miss out!

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Staff Book Recommendations on YouTube
Listen to over 100 short book reviews from OPL staff, uploaded weekly on YouTube .

 Daily
Virtual Tech Help
Book a virtual one-on-one session for basic technology assistance. Limited sessions.
Food Banks experiencing record demand
Oakville's food banks are in record-breaking demand. If you can donate anything, please do. Your help is needed.

Fareshare Food Bank Oakville: 905-847-3988 or email  oakvillefoodbank@gmail.com

Kerr Street Mission: 905-845-7485 or donate online at kerrstreet.com

The Salvation Army Oakville: Donate online https://salvationarmy.ca/
Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oakville Meals on Wheels continues to operate under increased safety measures. I f you know or are aware of someone who is struggling, call 211 and get help to navigate the network of health, community and social service programs. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and has interpretation for over 150 languages. And, if you are able, please consider supporting the Meals on Wheels effort by making a donation.

Downtown Oakville Instagram live series
On Wednesday, May 6 Downtown Oakville will be launching a weekly Instagram Live Series hosted by different Downtown businesses. The live events will allow you to purchase products, participate in fitness classes, attend workshops, and more!

Follow @oakvilledowntown on Instagram to learn more and tune in. 

Schedule 
June 24 at 7 p.m. - Dr. Adrienne, Naturopathic Doctor 
Testing in Oakville
Call the COVID-19 hotline
For the duration of the pandemic, if a member of the public wishes to report an incident of non-compliance with the emergency orders, they may contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722

It is critical that our residents use 911 for emergencies only.
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