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​Update – March 27, 2020

1) Is it safe to handle mail and parcels?

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have assured us it is safe to handle mail, including international mail.
  • According to the PHAC, there is no known risk of coronaviruses entering Canada on parcels or packages. In general, because of poor survivability of coronaviruses on surfaces, there is a low risk of spread from products or packaging shipped over a period of days or weeks. Currently, there is no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted by imported goods or packages.

2) Regional Opportunities Investment Tax

  • The Ontario Government has introduced a Regional Opportunities Investment Tax that will give businesses a 10% refundable tax credit for certain investments made in regions outside of Ottawa and the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

3) Property Assessment Postponed

  • The provincial government is postponing the assessment update for 2021. Assessed values for 2021 will be based on the same valuation date as they are for 2020. There will be no financial impact for municipalities as a result of this postponement. MPAC will continue to update assessment rolls to reflect new construction. Technical details related to this postponement will be determined in the months ahead.

4) Message from Dr. Charles Gardner – Medical Officer of Health, SMDHU

  • “As much as possible", everyone needs to take steps to limit the number of people they come into close contact with, including those employed at essential workplaces."
  • Anyone who has new cold-like/respiratory symptoms (regardless of travel history), and has not been tested for COVID-19, is to self-isolate at home for 14 days, or until their symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
  • Link for more information Public Health Agency of Canada at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms.html

5) Where would we be without our IT Department?!

  • ​Kudos to the Town of Midland IT Team who have been going above and beyond to ensure we all have the tools we need to continue our work during this unprecedented time. From all accounts, every need has been met and then some, whether it's been network access, equipment or accessories. We could not have continued our work without their amazing efforts!
  • A reminder that if you want to send them kudos yourself, or if you have you have IT issues, email itsupport@midland.ca.

All staff must pre-screen daily using the Pre-Screen poster on the entrance doors prior to entry to any Municipal Facility.​

Any changes within a department will now be provided to Randy to be included in an update and copied to HR@midland.ca for tracking. ​

 Health & Well-being

Midland COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Chigamik Community Health Centre

845 King Street, Unit #3 - Cedar Room

By appointment only:
Monday & Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p..m
Wednesday & Saturday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

There are three (3) ways to access an appointment with the Assessment Centre. Please note a screening tool will always be used to determine if you should be seen at the centre:

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include:

    • fever 
    • cough 
    • difficulty breathing

        Your risk of severe diseases may be higher if you have a weakened immune system. This may be the case for: 

          • Older people 
          • People with chronic diseases (for example: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart, liver or chronic lung disease).

            Complications from the COVID-19 can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death. There are no specific treatments for COVID-19, and there is no vaccine that protects against it. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses, including COVID-19, will recover on their own.

            If you have mild symptoms you should: 

              • drink plenty of fluids 
              • get rest and sleep as much as possible 
              • try a humidifier or a hot shower to help with a sore throat or cough.

                  If you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.​

                  (Source: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Promos/Novel-Coronavirus#304cbd58-75c6-4053-a3f6-4ad6b41d69c3​)​​

                  Self-Assessment Tool for COVID-19

                  If you think you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine how to seek further care.​

                  Self-A​​ssessment Tool - COVID-19​

                  Safety Precautions

                  While it is always our priority to maintain safe and healthy facilities, ultimately it is up to each one of us to maintain proper hygiene. Proper hygiene is always important to protect yourself and others from becoming ill. You can help reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

                  • Wash your hands often, being sure to use soap and warm water, for at least 20 seconds.
                    • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
                  • When coughing or sneezing: 
                    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.
                    • Dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterward.
                  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
                  • Clean the following high-touch surfaces frequently with regular household cleaners or diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 9 parts water): toys, phones, bedside tables, toilets, electronics, door handles, television remotes, desks, tables, etc.
                  • Maintain physical distancing; at least 2 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.​​

                  For Returning Travellers: Self-Isolate!!!

                  If you've returned from travel you must self-isolate for 14 days to avoid spreading the virus throughout the community. It does not matter your age or if you do/don't have symptoms. Self-isolate! You can pass the virus along even without showing any symptoms.

                  How to self-isolate

                  Mental Health Support

                  Support for Canadians & Businesses

                  Stop the Spread Business Information Line

                  ​The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province's recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

                  On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

                  Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. 

                  Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.

                  A complete list of essential services is available on the Government of Ontario's webs​ite.​

                  EDCNS Business Support 2020

                  EDCNS Manufacturing Business Recovery Fund