Good afternoon and we hope you and your families are all safe and well. We do have a number of COVID-19 and organizational updates to share with you this afternoon.
COVID-19 Updates
Update
COVID-19 is impacting the organization with positive cases among employees being reported daily. It is impacting our staffing compliment and our ability to operate all supports and services and/or to resume paused supports and services. Contingency planning is under way to plan for all scenarios.  At the time of this memo, we have confirmed:
Employees
  • Since January 4, 2022. There have been over 150 different employees required to isolate due to testing positive or due to close contacts of positive cases. Many employees have been isolation on more than one occasion for 7 and up to 10 days
People Supported
  • Currently two people we support are positive for COVID-19.
We have seen no hospitalizations to date, and everyone has been able to recover from their illness at home.
 
Agency Outbreak
We did share via email yesterday that Lambton Public Health has declared an outbreak at our Aniline St (Oil Springs) location. We are working with Lambton Public Health as we navigate through this outbreak.
4th Booster Clinic
We are working with Lambton Public Health to arrange a “4th Booster Clinic” for those interested and wishing to have further immunization. Given the required 5-month interval required between boosters, we are hoping to arrange this clinic for the early part of June. More details to follow.

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Virtual Family Information Night

Just a reminder that we will be hosting our next virtual Family Information Night on Thursday, April 28 at 7 PM via Microsoft Teams. We will look to provide further COVID-19 updates, a touch-in on the MCCSS long-term plan (Journey to Belonging: Choice & Inclusion) and a Q&A session. 

Here is the link to join – Click here to join the meeting

We have also provided the link to the MCCSS website for Journey to Belonging: Choice & Inclusion – Journey to Belonging: Choice and Inclusion | ontario.ca and attached the developmental Services placemat as provided by MCCSS that illustrates the vision, action plan and time frames for you.

Elections Ontario Outreach for Upcoming Provincial General Election

Elections Ontario is conducting outreach to community organizations and associations who work with Ontarians who have accessibility needs and has asked the agency to share the below and attached information.

 

With the provincial general election scheduled for June 2, they want to make sure our network knows about the tools and services available to them that make voting easy and accessible for all electors.

 

Please find attached a zip folder with the following:

2022 Provincial general election materials

  • A letter from the Chief Electoral Officer
  • Voting in Ontario brochure
  • Accessible Voting handout

 

We ask that you please distribute these to your network electronically or print copies to hand out. If you require bulk copies, you may place an order on Elections Ontario’s website.

 

We appreciate your partnership in reducing barriers to voting this election! Please get in touch with any questions to:

 

Jaskaran Gill (she/her)

Public Engagement and Education Officer

Cell: 647.326.5826

 

Elections Ontario elections.on.ca

1.888.668.8683 Fax: 416.326.6200

 

 

PS: There is still time to apply to work at the polls! Let your networks know they can apply for poll jobs until May 31.

We will continue to keep you updated. Be well and safe. Thank you.

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