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How Ontario is Preparing for COVID 19 - The Staff Room Response.

These next couple of weeks we will see everything increase and the numbers increase. We are hoping that this will be the peek and we will see this virus starting to subside. It is the hope of The Staff Room that we will be on the mend by the end of April. 
EVERYONE, we mean EVERYONE that are not working for an essential service or business you MUST stay at home. The only time you should leave home is if you need to go for a walk, grocery shopping or picking up a prescription and you MUST be 6 feet apart! You will be fined between $750.00 to $100,000.00 and.or time in jail. For businesses that are not obeying they could get fined from $10,000.00 to $500,000.00 and time in jail. You can not have gatherings of more than 5 people. We are asking everyone to please adhere to all new legislation and laws. There has been fines issued, so this is something that is being enforced. 
If you traveled and returned on this last week, you MUST, self isolate for 14 days! This is now the law and the Government is following up with those as they cross the boarders. They are taking your contact information and will be doing surprise visits and following up randomly. You are to go DIRECTLY home. Do not stop and get groceries, prescriptions, alcohol or anything else, you must go STRAIGHT HOME! If you feel you do not have any symptoms, doesn't mean your not a carrier. Once you get home, order your groceries, ask the pharmacy to deliver your prescriptions. 

We want to hear from you, how are you copping with this virus and how are you staying positive and home bound? Working together, we WILL get through this on a positive note. 

Approximately a week ago, this virus was bumped up to a pandemic. Due to this, we urge you to FULLY read below and know we are here to help how we can, but all employees will remain home until this has been down graded. We are all available by email and phone calls with NO in person appointments. We ask that the public continues to wash their hands as often as possible with soap and water. 

UPDATE: March 30, 2020 - the following are links that will help those looking for or in need of funding. The Government is now going to help businesses that are deemed as a small to medium business who have a decrease of 30% lost business by doing a wage subsidy of 75% of wages, up to $847.00 a week, and will back date this back to March 15, 2020.
Employees that are staying home and who qualify are able to receive funding. There are qualifications for either  EI or the Canada Emergency Funding. We also need to let others know that after speaking with MOL and one of the lawyers we deal with, it has been stated that if you work for an essential business, if they are doing everything needed to be a safe working environment, you do not have the right to refuse work, if it is due to being afraid of catching the virus. As much as this sounds unfair, your employer is protecting you the best of their ability and on the advise of Health Ontario/Canada. 

Below is information on the COVID-19 from the Government. Website :

Ontario is working with its partners in the health care system implementing a robust plan to monitor for, detect and, if needed, isolate any cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Ministry of Health is taking several steps to ensure the health and safety of Ontarians. This includes:

monitoring hospitals for potential cases of the virus in individuals with travel history to areas under a travel health advisory for COVID-19 
adding the 2019 novel coronavirus as a designated disease reportable under Ontario's public health legislation, enabling local public health units to quickly and effectively take all necessary measures to investigate, complete lab tests and do case and contact management to prevent and control further spread of the infection
ongoing planning with federal and provincial/territorial partners and readiness to coordinate with other provinces/territories
meeting with hospitals, paramedics and local public health units near Pearson International Airport to provide further information on the federal border screening measures
Symptoms and treatment
Symptoms range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
Complications from the 2019 novel coronavirus can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some cases, death.

There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, and there is no vaccine that protects against coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illnesses will recover on their own.

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.

How to protect yourself
Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. 

There is no vaccine available to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus.

There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Take these everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus and protect your health:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • avoid contact with people who are sick
  • stay home if you are sick
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If you are travelling to an area known to have cases of coronavirus, be sure to avoid:

  • high-risk areas such as farms, live animal markets and areas where animals may be slaughtered
  • contact with animals (alive or dead), including pigs, chickens, ducks and wild birds
  • surfaces with animal droppings or secretions on them
If you feel that you might have COVID-19, please visit and do the self assessment and follow the assessment. 

You will find more timely resources on the Ontario Chamber's COVID-19 web page