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Child Care Update - November 2022https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/child-care-update-november-2022.aspx11/3/2022 5:04:27 PMChild Care Update - November 2022<p><span style="font-size:1em;"><em>​​Updated November 7 at 2:45 p.m.</em></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Today, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) announced that they would withdraw job action beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Given this:</span></p><ul><li><a href="https://www.scdsb.on.ca/about/labour_updates" target="_blank">Simcoe County District School Board</a> schools, learning centres, and before and after school programs will fully reopen to students on Tuesday, November 8<span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="https://www.smcdsb.on.ca/our_board/labour_updates" target="_blank">Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board </a>schools will be open for in-person learning on Tuesday, November 8</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></li><li><a href="https://cscmonavenir.ca/" target="_blank">Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir​</a> (Fr​​ench Catholic School Board) schools will be open and ready to welcome students in-​person starting Tuesday, November 8<br></li><li><a href="https://csviamonde.ca/" target="_blank">Conseil scolaire Viamonde​</a> (French Public Board) remain open and all programs will run status quo</li><li><a href="https://www.pssbp.ca/" target="_blank">P<span style="font-size:1em;">rotestant Separate School Board </span></a>will remain open and all programs will run status quo for tomorrow​<br></li></ul><b><u>Please note:</u></b><ul><li>EarlyON Child and Family Centres located in Schools  are open<br></li></ul>
Fall Yard Waste Collection 2022https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Fall-Yard-Waste-Collection-2022.aspx9/19/2022 2:39:54 PMFall Yard Waste Collection 2022<p>To ensure collection, <strong>yard waste must be removed from snow banks</strong> and placed in easily accessible curbside locations <strong>free from snow and ice</strong>.​<br></p><p>Yard waste collection may be delayed in some areas due to very high volumes. Those impacted​ may experience delayed collection , and may notice different trucks collecting material. Residents should leave their material curbside. We appreciate your patience.​​________________________________________________________________________________________________​​</p><p>Fall<span style="font-size:1em;"> leaf and y</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ard waste collection begins October 3rd (Zone 1) and October 10th (Zone 2) and runs biweekly until December 9th. ​ To determine your yard waste collection schedule, download the free Simcoe County Collects app:</span></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="border-style:initial;border-color:currentcolor;margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="border-style:initial;border-color:currentcolor;margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></span></p><p>Alternatively, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6"><font color="#0066cc">click here </font></a>to view/print your full, customized collection schedule and sign up for reminders.<br></p><p>Place material out on the <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Monday of your collection week</strong></span>. Use Kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes, or open-ended rigid containers (such as old​ recycling boxes or garbage cans). Brush must be bundled and tied. Bundles must be no larger than 30 cm in width and no longer than 2 metres. Individual branches cannot exceed 7 cm in diameter. </p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">DO NOT</span> place yard waste in your green cart.​</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">DO NOT</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> place large amounts of dirt and/or rocks in yard waste</span></li></ul><p>To ensure collection, leaf bags, rigid containers and bundles of brush must be visible and fall within the County's weight limit of 20 kgs per container. </p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p style="font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;"><span lang="EN-US">For more information please contact Customer Service at <a>service@simcoe.ca</a> or <br></span>​call 1-800-263-3199.​<br></p><p>​<br><br></p><p><br></p>
LINX Transit bus driver tests positive for COVID-19https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/linx-transit-bus-driver-tests-positive-for-covid-19.aspx11/12/2021 11:13:40 PMLINX Transit bus driver tests positive for COVID-19<p></p><p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong> November 12</strong><strong>, 2021 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>Today, the County of Simcoe was notified that a bus driver has tested positive for COVID-19. The bus driver is now self-isolating at home, and the County continues to follow necessary PPE and cleaning precautions to protect staff and riders. </p><p>Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, LINX Transit has prioritized the health and wellbeing of transit users and staff, and no transmission has been linked to this single positive case. These measures include:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Mandatory vaccination policy, with operators receiving second dose by November 1, 2021</li><li>Daily active screening of all employees for COVID-19 symptoms</li><li>A minimum of six feet between the driver and the first seat on the bus</li><li>Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices on our vehicles</li><li>Mandatory masks or face covering requirements and hand sanitizer on our vehicles</li><li>Protocols in place that eliminate the requirement for physical contact between drivers and riders</li><li>Signage onboard notifying that masks should cover your nose and mouth and be worn correctly for the duration of your travels, forming a tight seal between the mask and your face</li><li>Signage onboard notifying that passengers should not remove your mask to eat, drink or talk on your cell phone when on the bus</li><li>Modified seating capacity to promote physical distancing</li><li>One-way travel onboard the bus with rear-door exit only</li></ul><p>The County encourages anyone in the community who is experiencing any COVID symptoms to get tested. For information on all the symptoms associated with COVID, and the current restrictions related to the pandemic, visit smdhu.org/. Remember to stay home when sick, wear a mask in public places, wash and sanitize your hands frequently and observe physical distancing.<br></p><p>As an essential service, LINX Transit operations will continue under our enhanced safety measures. A reminder that transit service during the pandemic is to transport residents for essential matters only, including travel for front-line and healthcare workers, or if you need critical supplies during the stay at home order. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a ​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Simcoe County raises RBC Race for the Kids flag at administration officehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-County-raises-RBC-Race-for-the-Kids-flag-at-administration-office.aspx10/14/2021 5:07:08 PMSimcoe County raises RBC Race for the Kids flag at administration office<p><br></p><p>With as many as 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario struggling as they experience some form of mental health problem, the County of Simcoe is honoured to raise the RBC Race for the Kids flag at the County administration office from October 14-17, 2021. The global race will be coming to Simcoe Muskoka for the first time on October 16 and 17, 2021 to benefit the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) child and youth mental health services program. For more information on the RBC Race for the Kids, visit <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.rbcraceforthekids.ca/&data=04%7c01%7cAndrea.Walasek%40simcoe.ca%7c1b51029ef7a4404f1f7a08d98e70a899%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637697436778088731%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=QjCbdmux3QCiMqBkB%2BGJEWcccv/syPSkGtDDjeDFdvk%3D&reserved=0"><strong>www.rbcraceforthekids.ca</strong></a></p><p>Through funding to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, the County of Simcoe has been pleased to support the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health program at RVH and continues to support children and youth in our community.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/Simcoe-County-raises-RBC-Race-for-the-Kids-flag-at-administration-office/IMG_0749.JPG" alt="IMG_0734.MOV" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:550px;height:734px;" /><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration officehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-raises-Every-Child-Matters-flag.aspx9/7/2021 3:17:43 PMCounty of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration office<p><br></p><div style="font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><div class="ecm0bbzt hv4rvrfc ihqw7lf3 dati1w0a" data-ad-comet-preview="message" data-ad-preview="message" style="padding:4px 16px 16px;font-family:inherit;"><div class="j83agx80 cbu4d94t ew0dbk1b irj2b8pg" style="flex-direction:column;margin-bottom:-5px;margin-top:-5px;display:flex;font-family:inherit;"><div class="qzhwtbm6 knvmm38d" style="margin-top:5px;margin-bottom:5px;font-family:inherit;"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql lr9zc1uh a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v b1v8xokw oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto" style="line-height:1.3333;display:block;max-width:100%;min-width:0px;font-size:0.9375rem;font-family:inherit;word-break:break-word;"><div class="kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">Joining in solidarity with Indigenous communities and municipalities across Ontario, as of September 1st we have raised the Every Child Matters flag at the County Administration Office until the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.<br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/IMG_0235%20(3).JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div></div></span></div></div></div></div></div>
Seeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project.aspx9/21/2020 2:28:06 PMSeeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Project<p>In long-term care, outdoor settings and natural elements can provide restorative and stress reducing benefits for residents and incite new opportunities for social interaction among seniors! </p><p>The County of Simcoe is actively seeking sponsorship or donations towards the Sunset Manor courtyard redevelopment project in the way of contributions towards a Gazebo, permanent seating areas/benches, durable planting containers, perennial and annual plantings.</p><p>Any person(s) or businesses interested becoming a sponsor for this project or being involved ongoing, please contact Sharon Youell at 705-726-9300 extension 1286.                 </p><p>Thank you to all<br></p><p></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%202.jpg" alt="Screen 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%20%203.jpg" alt="Screen 3.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p>​<br><br></p>
Georgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Overhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/georgian-residences-covid-19-outbreak-declared-over.aspx8/4/2020 6:12:16 PMGeorgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Over<p><strong>​August 4, 2020</strong></p><p>Following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Georgian Residences Retirement Home, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are NO other positive cases among staff or residents.</p><p>Unfortunately, we are sad to report that the County has been informed that the 90-year-old resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. We extend our condolences to the resident's family and friends. </p><p>The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our priority. Our highly trained staff are committed to tackling this difficult situation and we appreciate the messages of support and encouragement from families during this challenging period. We know that the outbreak protocols​ were difficult for residents and families, however, these additional precautions were imperative to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus and keep residents safe. The outbreak at Georgian Residences has now been declared over and the COVID protocols have been lifted. </p><p>From the outset of the pandemic, the County followed extensive health protocols to minimize the risk to our residents and staff. To date, the County of Simcoe's four long term care and seniors services facilities, which provide care to 1,300 seniors, have limited the impact of COVID-19 in our facilities, and we will continue to rely on the most up-to-date public health guidance to safeguard our residents and staff.</p><p>We will keep residents, families and staff updated as we continue to do everything we can to keep everyone safe.</p><p>Jane Sinclair<br>General Manager, Health and Emergency Services<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Expanded Visitation Announced by Provincehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/expanded-visitation-announced-by-province.aspx7/20/2020 4:13:58 PMExpanded Visitation Announced by Province<div>As the province moves into phase three of reopening, the County is excited to have received further details and directives from the Province and our regional Chief Medical Officer, that enable us to safely expand family visitation at our four Long-term Care Homes and Seniors Services facilities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Back in March the provincial government announced measures to restrict visitation to Long-term Care and Seniors Services facilities to protect seniors – the population most vulnerable and susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. The County has worked closely with the provincial government and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to comply with these orders, as well as additional mandated public health protocols to protect our residents, our staff, and our local communities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has experienced just one positive case among more than 1,300 seniors we serve. This case was successfully contained through rigorous infection control measures and the individual has fully recovered and is doing well.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Our enhanced infection control precautions have been difficult for many residents and their families and we appreciate everyone's continued patience and understanding during this pandemic. We have had to make hard decisions regarding visitation, and we know the separation from loved ones continues to take a toll on families and residents. We’ve tried our best to provide opportunities to connect virtually, keep families updated on our status through town halls and communications and, most importantly fill the social engagement void by providing more one-on-one interaction between staff and residents as much as possible.<br></div><div><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Our enhanced staff screening and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) measures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future to continue to limit transmission and reduce the risk to residents and staff</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. In keeping with the Ministry of Long-term Care announcement, the County is gradually increasing visitation at Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene, Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Sunset Manor in Collingwood, and Trillium Manor in Orillia:</span></div><div></div><div><ul><li>Outdoor Patio Visits – Effective immediately, up to two (2) people at a time may visit one of our residents at a pre-arranged outdoor meeting. Confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required</li><li>Indoor Visits – Starting July 22, indoor visits for up to two (2) people at a time can be arranged, providing the necessary negative COVID-19 test is obtained within 14 days of the visit</li></ul></div><div>Given the detailed requirements for indoor visits, we ask that families do not contact our staff to schedule a time until Monday of next week. We will provide additional details of this new process as soon as our team has had an opportunity to complete a comprehensive review of all requirements.<br><br></div><div>Though we are cautiously optimistic that this is a very significant step in the right direction, the County must also echo the statement by Minister of Long-term Care Merrilee Fullerton, and request that visitors to our facilities remain vigilant for the health and safety of residents and staff. Regular handwashing and sanitizing remain crucial. Please do not visit any of our facilities if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, has had or is suspected of having COVID-19. Though we are making great strides towards a new normal, the pandemic is not over, and we must continue to exercise caution, particularly when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our beloved seniors.<br></div><div><br></div><div>We are very happy to be able to deliver this positive update, and on behalf of all our staff, we thank you for doing your part during this difficult time to keep our homes safe.​​<br></div>