On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Government of Ontario is submitting and amending new emergency orders under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Emergency Preparedness Act better support long-term care homes and the deafblind community in Ontario. The orders would redeploy staff to make sure they can work where they are needed most during the COVID-19 epidemic.
The government is also amending an emergency order to ensure food security for certain individuals and families during the pandemic.
“Our long-term care homes are under attack or at high risk of being attacked by this deadly virus,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This is why we are constantly strengthening our defenses and strengthening the protective iron ring around these elderly and vulnerable workers. These new emergency orders will allow us to get even more boots on the ground in our long-term care homes and ensure that people with visual or hearing impairments continue to receive the support they deserve. “
The new modified emergency decrees that will be introduced:
- Allow health service providers, including hospitals, to temporarily reassign front-line staff to provide services and support in long-term care homes, which will help quickly provide much needed staffing support to homes long-term care while continuing to fight epidemics.
- Provide staffing flexibility to service providers and responder service employers, which helps people with combined hearing and vision loss. This will give employers the temporary power to redirect staff to essential tasks to support and protect deafblind people. It will also ensure that staffing measures are in place to allow for physical distance.
- Allow the use of family and community gardens throughout the province. These gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families, including those facing food insecurity. Local medical officers of health will provide advice, recommendations and instructions that gardens must follow to operate, such as physical remoteness, cleaning and disinfection of commonly used equipment and surfaces.
Did you know?
- Intervenor services provide auditory and visual information to enable access to services, information and to facilitate communication for deafblind people. This helps them participate in their communities, make informed decisions, achieve and / or maintain their independence, participate in daily activities and navigate safely in their physical environment.
- American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are provided for daily government press conferences on the COVID-19 update to help deaf and hard of hearing people stay informed during the epidemic.
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