[community] Fwd: Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for Vulnerable People During COVID-19
ushnish.sengupta at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 15:25:37 UTC 2020
The focus on certain types of disabilites stand out in the most recent
Government of Ontario news release
"Emergency orders support seniors, the deafblind community, and vulnerable
These new emergency orders will allow us to get even more boots on the
ground in our long-term care homes, and ensure those with visual or hearing
disabilities continue receiving the support they deserve."
Given the news articles on Covid19 outbreaks in group homes with
individuals with Intellectual and Developmental disaibilites, I would have
thought that a redeployment would be targeted to these facilities.
Am I missing something that is obvious/apparent to others?
The entire government press release is below.
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From: Ontario News <newsroom at ontario.ca>
Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 7:13 AM
Subject: Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for
Vulnerable People During COVID-19
To: <u.sengupta at utoronto.ca>
[image: Ontario Newsroom] [image: Ontario Newsroom]
Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for Vulnerable
People During COVID-19
April 25, 2020
Emergency orders support seniors, the deafblind community, and vulnerable
TORONTO — On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario
government is introducing new and amending some emergency orders under
subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the *Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act*
to better support Ontario's long-term care homes and deafblind community.
The orders would allow for the redeployment of staff to ensure they can
work where they are needed most during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The government is also amending an emergency order to help ensure food
security for some individuals and families during the pandemic.
"Our long-term care homes are under attack or at high risk of an attack
from this deadly virus," said Premier Doug Ford. "That's why we are
continually shoring up our defences and fortifying the iron ring of
protection around these vulnerable seniors and staff. These new emergency
orders will allow us to get even more boots on the ground in our long-term
care homes, and ensure those with visual or hearing disabilities continue
receiving the support they deserve."
The new and amended emergency orders being introduced will:
- Allow health service providers, including hospitals, to temporarily
reassign frontline staff to provide services and supports in long-term care
homes.This will help to quickly provide much-needed staffing support to
long-term care homes while they continue to fight outbreaks.
- Provide staffing flexibility to service providers and employers in the
intervenor services sector, which helps people who have a combined loss of
hearing and vision. This will give employers the temporary authority to
redirect staff to carry out essential tasks to support and protect people
who are deafblind. It will also ensure staffing measures are in place to
allow for physical distancing.
- Permit the use of allotment gardens and community gardens across the
province. These gardens are an essential source of fresh food for some
individuals and families, including those who face food insecurity. Local
medical officers of health will provide advice, recommendation and
instruction s that the gardens must meet in order to operate, such as
physical distancing, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used equipment
- Intervenor services provide auditory and visual information to enable
access to services, information and facilitate communication for people who
are deafblind. This helps them to participate in their communities, make
informed decisions, achieve and/or maintain independence, take part in
day-to-day activities, and safely navigate their physical environment.
- American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are being provided for the
government’s daily COVID-19 update press conferences, to help people who
are deaf or hearing-impaired stay informed during the outbreak.
- Visit Ontario's website
to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from
- The COVID-19 Action Plan: Long-Term Care Homes
outlines the steps that the government is taking to protect residents and
staff in long-term care homes.
- Emergency information and orders
- For public inquiries, call ServiceOntario at 1-866-532-3161 (toll-free
in Ontario only).
Ivana.Yelich at ontario.ca
Office of the Premier
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