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Fanshawe and COVID-19: What you need to know


Angela McInnes and Emily Stewart | Interrobang | News | Last updated: April 23 at 4:10 p.m.



The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) recommends 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for those with a cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath and either travelled outside of Canada, had close contact with someone who either has a confirmed or probable case of virus, or close contact with someone who travelled and had an acute respiratory illness. More local information can be found at healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus. For a self-assessment, visit ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus.

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Fanshawe Campuses

April 23 4:10 p.m. update

Fanshawe’s broadcast students will air Corus Entertainment, Bell Media, CBC, Rogers and other broadcasters’ “Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble” pandemic support event at 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26.

The broadcast will be available on 106.9 (London area), the1069thex.com website or through the Radio Player Canada and iHeartRadio app (download through the App and Google Play store, search “106.9 The X.”

This celebration will salute Canadian front-line workers while raising funds in support of Canadian food banks’ $150 million campaign to provide immediate support for Canadian food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 90-minute commercial-free program will involve Canadian musicians, actors, authors, activists such as Céline Dion, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Hayley Wickenheiser, David Suzuki, Arkells, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain and many, many more.

Fanshawe broadcast students Vanda Di Michele, Zane Kane, Abe Peters, and Ethan Ralph are preparing the campaign for on-air promotion. This opportunity provides unique challenges during COVID-19 as they are working from home without access to the full broadcast environment.

Further information about this event is available at strongertogether.ca.


April 22 4:40 p.m. update

The federal government has announced additional financial support to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the newly proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, students would receive $1,250 a month through May to August. Those with a dependent or taking care of someone with a disability can receive $1,750 a month. Payments will be made through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Read more here about the new funding.


April 21 4:45 p.m. update

The work of Fanshawe’s fine art students is now available to view online through TAP - The Arts Project.

The third-year grad exhibition, Timecapsule, is now up at TAP’s virtual gallery, found at the link here: tapcreativity.org/virtual-exhibition-timecapsule.  The exhibit features large scale prints of urban spaces, with shifts on depth and perspective.

The second-year student show, Acrylic Values, can be seen at tapcreativity.org/acrylic-values. The art examines student life in a time of transition.


April 20 3:45 p.m. update

Fanshawe College has lowered its flags at London Campus in solidarity with those impacted by the tragedy that took place in Nova Scotia over the weekend. The flags will remain lowered until end of day Friday.

Flags outside Fanshawe

April 16 2:45 p.m. update

The Fanshawe Student Union will hold its Annual General Meeting on April 20 at 7 p.m. This year’s meeting will be held over Zoom. Full-time students can register to attend at fsu.ca/agm. The deadline to register is April 16 at 4 p.m.


April 15 2:10 p.m. update

While Fanshawe College's campuses remain physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prospective students and their families can experience Fanshawe virtually in the comfort of their own homes.

The Experience Fanshawe portal was launched on April 13 to provide options for visitors to see everything Fanshawe has to offer.

Fanshawe will offer a multitude of virtual opportunities to engage or learn more about the College, including:

  • One-on-one meetings with recruiters
  • Live, weekly info sessions
  • Virtual tours of the London Campus
  • Ongoing live and pre-recorded sessions with program faculty 
  • Helpful videos on admissions, student life and how to pay for college

"Given this challenging time, we are here to help students find their fit at Fanshawe," says Devin Robinson, manager of Student Recruitment. "The Experience Fanshawe portal will give visitors a great opportunity to explore the College, find out more about their program and get questions about Fanshawe answered."

The portal can be found at fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/contact/experience-fanshawe-college-online.


April 14 2:15 p.m. update

After experiencing technical difficulties yesterday due to a high volume of traffic, the online application for Fanshawe’s student emergency fund re-opened today at 10 a.m.

The application can be found at fanshawec.ca/foundation/ways-give/fanshawe-student-emergency-fund. Students who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive up to $500 on a first come, first served basis. They can apply again once the $1.5 million fund is replenished with donations from private donors and the Fanshawe Student Union.


April 13 1:05 p.m. update

The online application for Fanshawe’s student emergency fund opened at 10 a.m. today. The website experienced delays due to a high volume in traffic.

The $1.5 million fund is open to students who are out-of-work, have unexpected health and wellness expenses, incurred additional expenses for online learning or are struggling to pay for food or rent. Those with demonstrated need can receive up to $500 on a first come, first serve basis.

The fund will re-open to those students once further funds and donations are received. The fund is supported by donors and the Fanshawe Student Union.

The application can be found at fanshawec.ca/foundation/ways-give/fanshawe-student-emergency-fund.


April 8 2:50 p.m. update

Fanshawe Athletics has donated their entire stock of 1,450 pairs of medical gloves to the Oxford County Paramedic Services, in response to the local need for supplies.

"The City of London and our local community have always been so supportive of our nationally recognized program and we are happy to be able to support them in this way," said Nathan McFadden, Fanshawe's Manager of Athletics, in an April 8 media release. "Having some of our former student-athletes as graduates of Fanshawe's paramedic, nursing and respiratory therapy programs, we have alumni who are on the front lines fighting this pandemic. We are so proud of the contributions they are making and appreciate the commitment and courage shown by all of the health care staff in our community."

This personal protective equipment (PPE) is normally used by Fanshawe's training staff to treat the injuries of student-athletes. It will now be used by healthcare workers who are caring for the residents of Oxford County.

The College has also responded to PPE shortages in late March by donating ventilators to the London Health Sciences Centre, as well as its retail supply of equipment, including 200 pair of safety glasses, 120 respirator 3M N95 masks, 40 boxes of latex powder free sterile gloves, five gowns, 10 bottles of disinfectant and approximately 40 scrubs in various sizes.

The School of Health Sciences has also donated a cart full of new, level 3 masks; surgical masks; masks with face shields; gloves of all sizes; isolation gowns and containers of surface wipes.


April 3 1:40 p.m. update

Based on the Ontario Government's decision to keep schools closed to protect the health and safety of students and staff, Fanshawe College has announced it will also remain closed until at least May 4.

According to the College’s COVID-19 news page, this extension was made on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Fanshawe students will continue their studies online wherever possible with more information to come shortly on plans to complete the in-person classes of the semester. Details on the summer semester plan are being finalized and will be communicated next week. To learn more go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-info-students.


March 31 2:45 p.m. update

A student living in residence has been hospitalized for testing presumptive positive for COVID-19. This means the case has not been confirmed. Brenda Henry, senior manager of Fanshawe’s environment, health, safety and emergency services told Interrobang that the student did not visit the Student Centre.

Due to privacy concerns, Fanshawe’s communications is unable to release any other specifics regarding the student or other people affected. Those who may have been in close contact with the individual have been notified and are also in self-isolation.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe has opted to postpone its spring convocation ceremonies until fall 2020.


March 27 2:45 p.m. update

The College has officially completed one week of online and virtual classes as of March 27.


March 26 1:05 p.m. update

The College has updated the FAQ section of its COVID-19 info page to include more information for students in residence. With the exception of those needing to stay in residence, all students will be refunded residence fees from March 13 to the end of the original schedule. To learn more on this and move-out plans, belongings, physical distancing, go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-faq-students.

Do you have questions about EI or federal funding due to COVID-19? Fanshawe’s Community Services Team has created a helpful YouTube video with info at youtube.com/watch?v=kzoe1xhZwSM&feature=youtu.be


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

Residences will continue to be open for students who are not able to return home. The Oasis will continue to remain open with reduced service at the take-out window. The computer lab in the Alumni Lounge will remain open with physical distancing and sanitizing protocols in place. The Fowler-Kennedy clinic and the Pharmacy remain open.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe has set up an on-campus computer lab on the second floor of the Student Centre in the Alumni Lounge for students without computer access. It will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Social distancing protocols will be in place at the lab. The College has provided an FAQ at fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/news/information-about-covid-19


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

Where possible, online classes begin at Fanshawe College on March 23. All College campuses remain closed to the public.

Only staff deemed essential will be working. Oasis, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, and Campus Security office D1027 are open and students are urged to not come to campus unless it’s for food or for medical reasons. The College’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Students web page said the pharmacy at the London (Oxford Street) Campus is still open for students to pick up prescriptions.


March 20 2 p.m. update

All Fanshawe College campuses closed to the public on March 18. Only staff deemed essential will be working. As of writing, only Oasis, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, and Campus Security office D1027 are open and students are urged to not come to campus unless it’s for food or for medical reasons.

Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) operations like The Out Back Shack, The Gamesroom, and The Biz Booth shut down on March 17 in the afternoon. Starting March 18, the Oasis runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. to accommodate the students still in residence. All remaining FSU events have been cancelled.

The Student Wellness Centre and its facilities closed March 16 at the end of the day, with Fowler Kennedy staying open to treat only acute or urgent injuries and illnesses.

All library service loans have been extended until Thursday April 9. Find more details about loans at fanshawelibrary.com.

The following student services have moved to online and/or phone service only for the time being:

  • Counselling and Accessibility Services
  • Access Studies, including the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS), Academic and Career Upgrading (ACE), and Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT)
  • Career Services, along with Community Employment Services in London and Simcoe, Career and Employment Services-St. Thomas/Aylmer, and Co-op services.
  • The Institute of Indigenous Learning
  • The International Centre
  • Leap Junction
  • The Learning Centre
  • Library and Media Services
  • Registrar
  • Test Centre

Academics

April 20 3:45 p.m. update

Courses that moved to online delivery will finish on April 24. Final grades will be posted to FanshaweOnline by April 30 and updated transcripts will be available on WebAdvisor by May 15.

Courses requiring in-person instruction will resume when Fanshawe re-opens its campuses, the date of which is currently unknown.

Fanshawe has provided new updates regarding refunds on its COVID-19 information page, found at fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-info-students.


April 14 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe will offer select programs online in May. Orientation will be May 4, with classes commencing on May 5. Fifty per cent of a program can be completed outside of Canada. To learn more on the latest updates, go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-info-international-students.


April 13 1:05 p.m. update

Fanshawe has released the following additional updates:

  • Online courses that can be completed online will follow the original calendar, ending on April 24.
  • In-person courses will have a duration of two weeks from the return date of when classes resume. Professors and program coordinators are developing plans to ensure required content will be delivered in that two-week period.
  • The return date to in-person classes is not yet known. College leaders are working with public health and government officials to determine when it will be safe.
  • Students finishing classes on April 24 will be credentialed and have updated transcripts available on WebAdvisor by May 15. For international students needing a program completion letter, these letters will be emailed to them on May 15.

To learn more go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-info-students.


April 1 1:05 p.m. update

The Ontario government has announced it will be providing $25 million to colleges and universities to support online exams amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and has finalized an agreement with the not-for-profit eCampusOntario to do so. The funding will also assist in giving institutions access to deep cleaning, purchasing medical supplies or offering mental health supports.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

The College has removed the last date to withdraw from courses with no academic penalty. A Winter 2020 withdrawal form is now available for students choosing to withdraw from winter classes. You can find it at forms.fanshawec.ca/withdrawalwinter2020.


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

The College tweeted on March 24 that face-to-face delivery will NOT resume on April 6. Exact details are not yet known, although Fanshawe is working closely with the government and local school boards to determine the best plan to resume face-to-face delivery where required. Students can check their emails for more information.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

Fanshawe College tweeted that students may withdraw from winter term courses and get a "W" on their transcript. The last date to withdraw with no academic penalty has been removed, however, students are encouraged to give online study a chance. Students can contact their program coordinators with questions or concerns.


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

Online learning, where possible, began on March 23. Students have five weeks to complete their winter semester courses online.

Classes done in-person and cannot be done online are anticipated to begin when the College re-opens. So far, Fanshawe plans to re-open April 6, meaning the winter semester would conclude April 24.

If the College does not open April 6, Fanshawe will plan to have the in-person classes completed within two weeks at a later time. Neither in-person or online classes will have an exam week.


March 20 7:30 p.m. update

Following a week of cancelled classes, Fanshawe College will move as much online learning as possible starting March 23.

Classes entirely switching over to online learning start March 23 and there will be no exam week. Students have five weeks to finish their semester online and will have access to live webinars about using FOL starting next week.

Courses that must be done in-person will run again when the College re-opens at an anticipated date of April 6. There will also not be an exam week and if classes start April 6, the semester would finish on April 24. If the College doesn’t reopen on April 6, the plan is to complete the in-person classes within two weeks from the start date.


March 20 2 p.m. update

Fanshawe cancelled classes for the week of March 16 to 20. The College plans to shift as many classes online as possible beginning March 23.

On March 18, Western University’s University Students Council (USC) joined the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) in two open letters to the federal and Ontario provincial governments to freeze student loans.  The open letters were released hours before Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response plan, which includes a six-month grace period for Canada Student Loan payments and interest.

London

April 23 4:10 p.m. update

There are 4 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 23, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 56 total long-term care home cases, and 36 total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 347. There have been 163 resolved cases and 26 deaths, 11 of which are from long-term care homes and one of which is from retirement homes.


April 22 4:40 p.m. update

There are 9 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 22, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 54 total long-term care home cases, and 36 total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 343. There have been 155 resolved cases and 23 deaths, nine of which are from long-term care homes.


April 21 4:45 p.m. update

There are 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 21, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 53 total long-term care home cases, and 34 total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 334. There have been 149 resolved cases and 22 deaths, eight of which are from long-term care homes.

The City of London is putting out a call to the community to find affordable housing options for the city’s vulnerable.

According to a media release from the City’s office, finding affordable housing has become increasingly difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City is partnering with local service agencies to ask for the community’s help in helping identify and provide rental housing populations including those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness, as well as women, whether single or with children, who may be trying to escape domestic violence.

“We are seeking the help from the city’s landlords, developers, builders and all others in identifying affordable housing units available to rent to help meet the immediate needs of our community,” said London mayor Ed Holder in the release.

If you have any rental units currently available and are able to help, please reach out to the City through its Housing Service Division at Housingnulllondon.ca.  You can also reach out to Dave Purdy, Manager of Housing Services for the City of London at 519-661-2489 ext. 5596 or via email at dpurdynulllondon.ca
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April 20 3:45 p.m. update

There are 17 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 20, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 51 total long-term care home cases, and 29 total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 323. There have been 138 resolved cases and 22 deaths, eight of which are from long-term care homes.


April 17 2:25 p.m. update

There are 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 17, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 45 total long-term care home cases, and 24 total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 282. There have been 125 resolved cases and 16 deaths, three of which are from long-term care homes.


April 16 2:45 p.m. update

There are eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 16, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 43 total long-term care home cases, and nine total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 258. There have been 120 resolved cases and 14 deaths, two of which are from long-term care homes.


April 15 2:10 p.m. update

There are 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 15, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 40 total long-term care home cases, and six total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 250. There have been 118 resolved cases and 12 deaths.


April 14 2:15 p.m. update

There are 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 14, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 36 total long-term care home cases, and six total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 247. There have been 108 resolved cases and 11 deaths.

The London Transit Commission is scaling back its service even more. Starting April 19, its Monday to Friday service will go to a Saturday operating schedule. Saturday busses will run on a Sunday schedule, and Sunday busses will run on a Christmas Day service schedule.

The LTC has noted the following additional changes:

  • Industrial Routes (28, 30, 36 and 37) will continue to operate in order to provide service to the industrial areas.
  • Routes 33, 90, 91, 92, 94, 103, 104 and 106 will not operate.
  • Route 17B to Riverbend will not operate.
  • Route 20 will not operate through the Beaverbrook/Oakcrossing area.
  • Community Bus Routes 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56 will no longer operate.

To learn more go to londontransit.ca/2020/04/14/covid-19-service-impacts-service-reductions-effective-april-19-2020/.


April 13 1:05 p.m. update

There are 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 13, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 26 total long-term care home cases, and five total retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 234. There have been 107 resolved cases and 11 deaths.


April 9 1:50 p.m. update

There are eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 9, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 15 long-term care home cases, and five retirement home cases. The total number of cases is 170. There have been 48 resolved cases and eight deaths.

On April 7 London Transit was made aware that a bus driver tested positive for COVID-19. It has been identified that the operator worked on route 20 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on any of the days between March 24 and March 31, 2020.

As classes ended on March 13 and most College offices closed on March 17, the risk is extremely low for Fanshawe students and staff. The Middlesex-London Health Unit is reaching out directly to those who have been in close contact with this operator and will provide guidance on next steps.

For more information, visit londontransit.ca.

As the Easter holiday approaches, London mayor Ed Holder is encouraging Londoners to arrange for celebrations from home.

Londoners are encouraged to adapt faith-based observances and celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Arrange virtual visits or phone calls with family members outside of your immediate household.
  • Consider online faith-based celebrations hosted by places of worship.
  • Limit the number of essential trips to groceries, prescriptions, or medical appointments.

Londoners can continue to enjoy parks and pathways to walk or bike through only but should consider less busy spaces and pathways to help maintain physical distancing.


April 8 2:50 p.m. update

There are 12 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 8, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are 13 long-term care home cases. The total number of cases is 162. There have been 31 resolved cases and seven deaths.

The City of London is reminding the community that all the following outdoor recreation facilities remain closed:

  • Playgrounds
  • Soccer pitches
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Skate parks
  • Golf courses
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Community gardens
  • Benches, picnic areas, park shelters and outdoor exercise equipment.

The Province of Ontario is strongly urging everyone to stay home except for essential reasons – groceries, prescriptions, medical appointments, for example – and to limit the number of trips outside.

Parks, green space, trails and pathways remain open for walking and biking through only. They aren’t for gathering, and if you are in an open green space, maintaining physical distance of no less than six feet is required at all times.

One way to maintain six feet of physical distance is to find a path less travelled. A list of pathways and parks can be found on CityMap Parks and Pathways.

Organized social gatherings and public events of more than five people are not allowed in London and across the Province. This includes social gatherings held in private homes with people who don’t reside there. Households where more than five people live are exempt. Unless it’s essential, health officials and the Province are strongly urging you to stay home.

To learn more, go to london.ca/newsroom/Pages/COVID-19.aspx


April 7 4:55 p.m. update

There are 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 7, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The total number of cases is 150. There have been 25 resolved cases and six deaths.

London Mayor Ed Holder is asking for the public to observe social distancing measures after images of large lineups throughout the city circulated over social media earlier today.

The lineups were spotted outside Costco locations in South and North London.

"We understand that people need to pick up their necessities...but we have to ask people to be smarter,” Holder said in response to the photos.

Holder reminded the public that social distancing saves lives and encouraged those living in the city to continue to use common sense while out in public. There is no municipal bylaw enforcing physical distancing at this time.


April 6 1:45 p.m. update

There are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County as of April 6, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The total number of cases is 136. There have been 18 resolved cases and five deaths.

Over the weekend, City of London municipal bylaw officers issued 21 fines to Londoners breaching emergency orders to stay away from designated public spaces. The individuals were caught breaching the closure of multi-use courts, skateboard parks and soccer fields.

On March 24, the City closed all outdoor play structures including playgrounds, skate parks and multi-use courts, City sports fields, community gardens, off-leash dog parks and golf courses in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, anyone found to be violating the emergency order can be fined up to $100,000 and jailed for up to one year.

Anyone who doesn’t correctly identify themselves to police or bylaw officers can be fined $750, while obstructing an officer could result in a $1,000 ticket.

Parks, green space, trails, and pathways in London remain open for walking only, with using physical distancing protocols of at least two metres between people.


April 3 1:40 p.m. update

There are 92 total cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Eleven cases have been resolved, with the death count remaining at three.


April 2 1:30 p.m. update

There are 13 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, bringing the total number of cases to 79, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. There are nine resolved cases, with the death count remaining at three.

The City of London has issued an advisory urging the public to avoid flushing wipes, food waste, toys, and medicine down the drain. This includes disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, and facial wipes. When garbage is flushed, it can not only damage your home, but could also flood your neighbour’s basement too.

The advisory is in response to a recent increase in sewer backups around the city.


April 1 1:05 p.m. update

There are 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County. This brings the total number of cases to 66, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The region has eight resolved cases, and three total deaths.


March 31 2:45 p.m. update

The Middlesex-London Health Unit now reports 52 confirmed cases of COVD-19 in London and Middlesex County.

The City of London announced today that it will close off-leash dog parks effective today, March 31.

This includes:

  • Campbell Memorial Park Dog Off-Leash Area - Campbell Memorial Park
  • Caesars Off-Leash Area - 941 Commissioners Road East
  • Greenway Off-Leash Area – Greenway Park
  • Pottersburg-FIDO Off-Leash Area – Pottersburg Park
  • Stoney Creek Off-Leash Area - Stoney Creek Meadow

The City of London is asking dog owners to keep their dogs on-leash in all park areas and to maintain the two-metre physical distancing requirement during the COVID-19 public health emergency. To learn more go to london.ca/newsroom/Pages/Default.aspx.


March 30 2:15 p.m. update

One person has died from COVID-19, while the number of positive cases has reached 36 in the region according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

On March 27, the City of London launched an email phone line for citizens to report COVID-19 order violations. The email COVIDOrderConcerns@nulllondon.ca will be monitored 24/7. There is also a phone line (519-661-4660) that will be monitored between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Local COVID-19 orders include limiting gathering numbers to no more than five persons at a time while maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres apart.


March 27 2:45 p.m. update

There are 21 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to provincial and local health officials. One case involves a man in his 20s who became infected through undetermined means.


March 26 1:05 p.m. update

There are 20 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit.


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

There are 19 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.


March 24 2:15 p.m. update

There are 14 cases of COVID-19 in London and Middlesex County, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.

The City of London is closing all outside play structures effective March 24. This includes playgrounds, skate parks and multi-use courts. In addition to these closures, all City sports fields, golf courses and community gardens remain closed until further notice.

All City parks and open spaces remain accessible to the public. For anyone who chooses to use these spaces, the City asks for the public’s full and continued cooperation in following all of the precautions identified by the Middlesex London Health Unit including:

  • Stay six feet away from each other (physical distancing)
  • Avoid all non-essential gatherings of any size

  • Stay home from work and other activities if you are sick

  • Self-isolate if you have travelled outside of Canada

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds)

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or cough and sleeve into your elbow

  • Clean and disinfect high touch areas frequently

The Ontario government will shut down all non-essential businesses in the province starting Wednesday to curb the spread of COVID-19 for the next 14 days. Essential businesses that will remain open include supply chains, cannabis, LCBO and Beer Stores, gas stations and pharmacies. Restaurants can stay open for delivery or takeaway.

You can find a full list of essential businesses on the Ontario government newsroom website.


March 23 1:45 p.m. update

There are 15 confirmed cases as of March 23, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit.


March 20 2 p.m. update

London’s acting mayor Jesse Helmer and London Mayor Ed Holder have declared a state of emergency for the City of London due to growing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

A press release from the city announced the state of emergency declaration under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, meaning all options will be available to protect Londoners, including access to provincial funding when made available. All local emergency services —police, paramedics, and fire crews — continue to operate.

There have been 11 confirmed cases in the London-Middlesex area as of March 20, with 10 currently active and one recovered. The MLHU said they have followed up with those tested positive for COVID-19 and all are self-isolating.

The MLHU said on their website following the Ontario government’s State of Emergency declaration for the province on March 17, all libraries, theatres, music venues, licensed child care centres, live performance and movie theatres, indoor recreational facilities, and all organized events involving more than 50 people are closed until at least March 31. Restaurants and bars are also closed with the exception of those offering takeout and delivery.

The London Transit Commission (LTC) will end service on routes 90, 91, 92, 94, 102, 104, and 106, until further notice. Routes 19, 25, 27, 31, and 33 are operating under limited service.

Visit londontransit.ca/2020/03/20/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus/ for more information.

Health

April 20 3:45 p.m. update

The Ontario government released updated COVID-19 modelling today, showing measures such as physical distancing are helping to flatten the curve. The wave of new community-spread cases has appeared to have peaked, but outbreaks in long-term care and congregate settings continue to be a major concern.

The government said that while several hundred new cases are identified daily in Ontario, hospitals across the province have not been overwhelmed as a result of capacity planning and public health measures. The rate of growth day-over-day is declining, but it remains critical that Ontarians continue to adhere to these measures.


April 17 2:25 p.m. update

According to Homewood Health Centre, a mental health and addictions services provider, is raising awareness of possible increases in domestic violence due to self-isolation.

Experts and statistics show that domestic violence is on the rise. Victims are experiencing intensified environments with growing frequency as many are confined at home with their abusers. Separate from physical violence, abusive relationships often involve isolation from friends, family and co-workers. Victims are subjected to constant surveillance, strict behavioural demands and restrictions to necessities.

Many resources are becoming overwhelmed with increased calls and many shelters have reduced capacities, as they’ve had to implement physical distancing protocols within their facilities.

More information and numbers for help lines can be found here


March 25 1:20 p.m. update

During the COVID-19 pandemic Medpoint physicians will be available to do virtual consults with Fanshawe employees and students. These appointments will be either by phone or video conference. To learn more, go to fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-info/covid-19-faq-students.


March 20 2 p.m. update

Fanshawe’s Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, according to the College website, is a COVID-19 testing centre. Students who are feeling unwell are asked to visit the local health unit’s website for more information about getting care before going to a testing centre or hospital.

Fanshawe students feeling anxious or stressed in regards to the impact of COVID-19 on their lives can contact Counselling and Accessibility Services by either calling 519-452-4282 or sending an email to counselling@fanshawec.ca. Students urgently needing mental health services can go to the 24/7 Walk-In Crisis Centre at 648 Huron St. or call Reach Out (1-866-933-2023).

A London COVID-19 assessment centre opened at the Oakridge Arena on March 16. The centre on 825 Valetta Street will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Sunday to Saturday. A second COVID-19 assessment centre opened March 19 at the Carling Heights Community Centre and is also open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. A press release from MLHU about the second centre said the Oakridge Arena assessment centre saw 800 people as of March 18.

While the centres will not provide on-site testing for COVID-19, they serve as a place for people to go for concerns related to the virus rather than going to an emergency room.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said during an update on March 18 that the province is able to do about 2,000 tests daily and is close to doing 5,000 tests a day.

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