Dear Ward 1 Friends and Neighbours
A public event we had planned for the evening of March 31st at McMaster Innovation Park detailing the sewage spillage in Chedoke Creek and the City’s stormwater management system has to be rescheduled to a future date. With cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerging locally, I am following the advice of the City of Hamilton’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to limit non-essential events as part of our overall effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Please visit Hamilton.ca/coronavirus for more information or call Public Health Services’ COVID-19 Hotline (905) 546-2424 ext. 7970 or email: [email protected]
Let us care for one another and be particularly mindful of our most vulnerable neighbours who may not have the might or means to access the necessities. Let us seek solace in places of light and take heed in the knowledge that we are all in this together. I am thankful for the City’s public health, health care and first responders’ teams as well as the city staff who have been working very long hours in their service to Hamilton’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The EOC is the municipal control group responsible for coordinating and supporting the City’s emergency response.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that the threat of a pandemic has become very real. Planning and preparing for locally confirmed cases and potential community spread of COVID-19 is underway.
Hamilton Public Health Services (PHS) is working with their health system partners and the Ministry of Health to ensure our city is prepared to respond to the situation as it evolves.
The goal of preparedness planning is to reduce the spread of the virus, protect those most at risk of becoming severely ill while waiting for potential treatment and vaccine options to be developed. Hamilton's Chief Medical Officer of Health has advised that the current risk of contracting COVID-19 in Hamilton, like the rest of Canada, remains low.
To date, one case of the virus has been confirmed in an individual who travelled outside the country. Other cases have been or are being investigated. PHS is following up with people who are in self-isolation, as well as providing infection control advice to organizations.
Hamilton's Chief Medical Officer of Health is encouraging residents to continue taking everyday precautions to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses. These precautions are outlined here: www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 as identified in the City of Hamilton's link below or if you think you may have come into contact with an infected individual you can call the Hamilton Infectious Diseases Program at 905-546-2424 ext.7970. Questions can be emailed to [email protected]
Please continue to visit the Ontario government website for the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 at www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
Hamilton Public Health Services COVID-19 Update and Preparation
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On February 11, 2020, Councillors Wilson, Nann and Danko hosted renowned urban planner Joe Minicozzi
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These two events are of enormous importance to Hamilton’s future budgets, public transit system and levels of property tax that will be paid by existing and future Hamiltonians.