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County of Simcoe Paramedic Services continue to adapt response to meet community needshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-continue-to-adapt-response-to-meet-community-needs-20-5-29.aspx5/29/2020 9:48:54 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services continue to adapt response to meet community needs<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/May 29, 2020 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> The COVID-19 pandemic has caused industries, businesses, organizations and healthcare service providers to adapt to new requirements and protocols. County of Simcoe Paramedics are no exception, having expanded the Community Paramedicine program to provide services to our most vulnerable residents during this medical pandemic.</span></p><p>Launched in 2015, the County's Community Paramedicine program and its Community Paramedics have been serving residents across Simcoe County. The program has several arms which include Paramedic referrals to community services, 911 frequent caller follow-up and an in-home chronic disease management program.</p><p>While 9-1-1 calls remain the primary focus of County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to Community Paramedics being called upon to collaborate with primary care providers, community leaders and agencies throughout the County of Simcoe to establish and conduct weekly vulnerable population health clinics within shelters in Barrie, Angus, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood. The County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has also been supporting Public Health, the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Central LHIN with COVID-19 swabbing of home-bound individuals and swabbing in long-term care homes during outbreaks.</p><p>“County Paramedics have stepped up to play an important role in our response to COVID-19 and our eventual recovery," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services Division, County of Simcoe. “Our Community Paramedicine program has been very successful in alleviating pressures on our local health care system and we're pleased that we were able to apply the specialized training and skills of our Community Paramedics to further support and assist some of our most vulnerable residents during this pandemic."<br></p><p>While Paramedic Services is supporting with community testing, Paramedics do not test for COVID-19 during 9-1-1 calls. If you have mild symptoms and are not sure if you require a test, please follow up with your primary care provider, Telehealth Ontario or Public Health.</p><p>To follow the County's efforts to support of our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, like or follow County of Simcoe on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">Instagram</a>. To learn more about the County's Community Param​​edicine program, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0c961845-6f65-4fbf-8e37-c01d9f74cd7f">https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ps/paramedicine</a>.</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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>​CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br>Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p>
County of Simcoe to reopen additional landfills and transfer stations and expand hours starting May 25https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-to-reopen-additional-landfills-and-transfer-stations-and-expand-hours-starting-may-25.aspx5/12/2020 4:22:42 PMCounty of Simcoe to reopen additional landfills and transfer stations and expand hours starting May 25<p><strong>​Midhurst/May 12, 2020 </strong>– The County of Simcoe will reopen additional landfills and transfer sites and extend hours of operation effective Monday, May 25. Restrictions related to essential or critical use of the sites, as well as COVID-19 precautionary measures, are still in place to ensure the continuity of collections services. </p><p>The modified schedule will include extending daily operations to 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some sites will have coverage on Saturdays to support the needs of residents and businesses. Decisions on sites that remain closed, or have limited hours, were made due to health and safety guidelines and staffing/resourcing limitations due to COVID-19.<br></p><p><strong>Waste Site Schedule effective Monday, May 25, 2020 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Site</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Monday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Tuesday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Wednesday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Thursday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Friday</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:11%;"><strong>Saturday</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Collingwood</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> <br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>West Gwillimbury</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>North Simcoe</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Nottawasaga</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Oro</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:11%;"> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Mara</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Tosorontio</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;">X<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="text-align:center;width:11%;"> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:123px;"><strong>Matchedash</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="6"><div style="text-align:center;">​remains closed to the public ​<span style="font-size:1em;"> ​ ​ ​</span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><p>X = Open</p><p>The County and our front-line staff ask that residents follow all Public Health recommendations and use the landfill for critical or essential drop-offs only. If you are in self isolation, stay at home. Please store materials at your home if possible; don't make any unnecessary visits to the sites and adhere to physical distancing when interacting with staff and other site users. <br></p><p>Residents are reminded to utilize curbside organics and recycling, and the two-bag garbage limit on garbage collection weeks as the best means to dispose of their usual household materials. Organics and recycling quantities for curbside collection are unlimited. Please continue to use your green bin as much as possible, and bag and seal your organics and garbage to protect the well-being of collection crews. Diapers can also be set out in sealed clear bags on garbage weeks and temporarily​ won't be counted against garbage bag limits.<br></p><p>"The County was among the first municipalities in the area to reopen select landfills and transfers stations to the public, adding extensive measures to protect staff and site users that facilitated urgent drop-offs for residents and businesses," said Warden George Cornell. “We recognize your increased disposal needs now that the weather is improving and that some provincial restrictions are being lifted. Please respect the safety of our staff and understand that our waste system is connected. Staff at our landfills are critical to supporting our essential curbside collection program, as transfer, landfilling and haulage of curbside waste materials occur at our sites. We're opening additional landfills and asking for your help to keep everyone safe and our waste programs operating." <br></p><p><strong>Safety measures and restrictions: </strong></p><p>The safety of our staff and customers is paramount, and the County is taking extra precautions with its front-line staff, including:  <br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Staff will work in groups <br></li><li>Speaker systems installed at weigh scales to allow for staff/customer transaction through a closed window  </li><li>Increased sanitization and PPE requirements for staff    </li><li>Implementing a $10.00 minimum fee limit for residential car and truck drop-offs to reduce scale contact with customers and discourage small, non-urgent/critical loads (mattresses and fridges will be charged separately as always)  NOTE: larger loads (estimated to be over the $10 minimum based on weight) will continue to be weighed and charged accordingly based on staff's discretion</li><li>Debit and credit only from an exterior terminal - tap is the preferred option  </li><li>Limiting vehicles entering the facility at any given time to reduce contact among customers and employees - this could lead to longer wait times</li><li>Staff will no longer support individuals with unloading items from customers' vehicles   </li><li>Additional physical distancing measures will be put in place for all interactions between customers and staff   </li><li>Increased safety and instructional signage must be obeyed  </li></ul><p>Due to constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our popular compost program and bulky item and textiles collections have all been postponed. We encourage residents to download the Simcoe County Collects app to view your waste calendar and to receive updates on our waste services. Service Simcoe is also open to field inquiries by phone and email Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 705-735-6901 or <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca">service@simcoe.ca</a>. </p><p>Please note that the current waste site schedule will remain in place until May 25. For the current schedule and details on all County service and program updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b02bb469-59e9-4f40-b373-50a0573763e9">simcoe.ca/covid19</a>. </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 simcoe.ca.​<br><br></p>
County provides funding to help small and medium-sized businesses go digitalhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-provides-funding-to-help-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-go-digital.aspx5/27/2020 2:39:13 PMCounty provides funding to help small and medium-sized businesses go digital<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/May 27, 2020 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> In response to challenges facing area businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Simcoe is providing $60,000 in funding towards a unique program to help local businesses adapt their sales models to meet the needs of the ever-changing online consumer world. The funding will cover portions of the costs for a Digital Service Squad to provide one-on-one training to local businesses and their employees. The Digital Service Squad program will be administered by the Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia Small Business Enterprise Centre and the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre.</span></p><p>“We are pleased to provide this funding to support local businesses with immediate digital needs and help them diversify to meet the changing consumer economy," said Warden George Cornell. “We know that many of our downtowns and our small and medium sized businesses have felt the financial pressure of this pandemic. With training and professional digital advice, our local businesses will be better served to adapt and transition to online service and sales for future growth and sustainability." <br></p><p>County Council approved the funding based on staff recommendations from the analysis of the County's Business Impact Surveys completed by local businesses in relation to urgent COVID-19 needs. Eligible businesses will receive up to 10 hours of free one-on-one coaching from Digital Service Squads and other digital supports through Digital Main Street and Beyond. A team of highly trained professionals will work with businesses to gain a basic web presence or enhance their existing web presence by activating free and easy to use tools such as Shopify, Google My Business and social media. For more information, including full eligibility criteria, visit <a href="https://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/COVID-19-Government-Supports.aspx">https://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/COVID-19-Government-Supports.aspx</a> </p><p>This program is an expansion of a provincially funded initiative and provides opportunities for additional businesses throughout Simcoe County.</p><p>To sign up for Digital Service Squad assistance contact the Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia Small Business Enterprise Centre at 705-720-2445 or <a href="mailto:digitalsquad@barrie.ca">digitalsquad@barrie.ca</a>, or the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre at 705-446-3355 or <a href="mailto:digitalmainst@collingwood.ca">digitalmainst@collingwood.ca</a>. </p><p><strong>About Digital Main Street and Beyond</strong><br><strong> </strong>Digital Main Street and Beyond is a program and service that helps businesses achieve digital transformation. The program is built around an online learning platform, structured training programs, and a Digital Service Squad, a team of highly trained professionals who help businesses grow and manage their business through the adoption of digital tools and technology. When businesses join Digital Main Street and Beyond and complete the onboarding process, they receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list that identifies technologies and tools that can help their business meet their digital goals. Along with the Digital Assessment, they also have the opportunity to work with the Digital Service Squad. The Digital Service Squad can work with businesses one-on-one to activate free and easy to use tools, while also providing recommendations for other technologies.</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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><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, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a>​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span></p>
Area partners reaching out to communities to boost PPE stocks and keep front line workers safehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/area-partners-reaching-out-to-communities-to-boost-PPE-stocks-and-keep-front-line-workers-safe.aspx5/26/2020 7:32:49 PMArea partners reaching out to communities to boost PPE stocks and keep front line workers safe<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/May 26, 2020 – </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">The donation campaign for existing PPE within our communities is proving vital for the ongoing provision of front line health care services in Simcoe and Muskoka during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health partners, including the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, continue to work together to collect Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies from local businesses and community members and redistribute them to keep our health system operating.</span></p><p>Health and emergency services, such as, long-term care, hospitals, home and community care, first responders, and public health, have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak and have dramatically increased their use of PPE to protect residents, patients and health care workers. To cope with this rapid increase in demand for medical supplies and equipment, health partners worked together to develop the PPE donation campaign, collecting more than 10,000 items in the first two months through private and commercial donations.<br></p><p>The generosity of residents and businesses to-date is greatly appreciated; however, further PPE is required to maintain supplies through the duration of the pandemic. <br></p><p><strong>PPE that is still in high demand includes:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>N95 masks</strong></li><li><strong>Medical grade surgical masks</strong></li><li><strong>Face shields</strong></li><li><strong>Nitrile gloves (latex-free)</strong></li><li><strong>Medical gowns</strong></li><li><strong>Disinfectant wipes with bleach cleaner</strong></li></ul><p>Any businesses or community members looking to donate items can email <a href="mailto:EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org"><strong>EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org</strong></a>. Information about how and where to send donations is available at <a href="http://www.smdhu.org/donations"><strong>www.smdhu.org/donations</strong></a>. All donations received will be collected in central depots in Simcoe and Muskoka and will be issued to local health care providers in order of priority, as determined by the Province of Ontario. We will work with you to arrange pick-up or delivery. Businesses supplying goods for purchase can also reach out to individual partners.</p><p><strong>Quotes</strong></p><p>“Thank you to all our businesses and residents who have kindly donated Personal Protective Equipment to keep our front line workers safe and allow them to provide care to vulnerable residents. Keeping front line workers safe and our health care system operating remains critical as restrictions are lifted and we start to gradually reopen our local economy. We continue to ask residents and businesses to help us to ensure the health of our local communities by donating items to our PPE campaign where possible. Additional supplies are needed and we appreciate the support." – <em>County of Simcoe</em> <em>Warden George Cornell</em></p><p>“We are very grateful for the PPE donations we have received so far from generous donors in Muskoka and Simcoe.  Thank you for helping to keep our dedicated front line workers safe and healthy during this very challenging time.  Please continue to support this important PPE campaign so that these essential workers can continue to safely provide the many services our communities rely on."– <em>District of Muskoka Chair John Klinck</em></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 <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/"><strong>www.simcoe.ca</strong></a>. </p><p>The District of Muskoka provides many essential services to residents across six Area Municipalities including: paramedic service, social services, long-term care, water and wastewater, waste management and more. For more information about the key service responsibilities of the District and Area Municipalities in Muskoka's two-tier municipal system, please visit:<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.muskoka.on.ca/"><strong>www.muskoka.on.ca</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS​</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><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, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654(mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Molly Ross<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Communications Officer<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">District of Municipality of Muskoka<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-644-1055 (mobile)<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Molly.Ross@muskoka.on.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Molly.Ross@muskoka.on.ca</a>​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Molly.Ross@muskoka.on.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Kathy Dermott<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Media Co-ordinator, Health Promotion and Communications<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">249-877-4625 (mobile)<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Kathy.Dermott@smdhu.org" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Kathy.Dermott@smdhu.org</a></span></p>
Business support agencies promote Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/business-support-agencies-promote-regional-relief-and-recovery-fund-to-support-local-economy-20-5-25.aspx5/25/2020 3:50:59 PMBusiness support agencies promote Regional Relief and Recovery Fund to support local economy<p><strong>Midhurst/May 25, 2020 –</strong> The County of Simcoe and the Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) are pleased to share that local businesses that were unable to access existing federal COVID-19 relief measures can now apply for funding under a new Government of Canada initiative called the <a href="https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/h_07682.html"><span style="color:#0033cc;">Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)</span></a>.</p><p>Small businesses are the heartbeat of the regional economy and the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary health and safety measures enacted, have resulted in uncertainty, anxiety and financial impacts for many businesses and their employees. Through the County of Simcoe's Phase II COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, 56 per cent of respondents indicated that Financial Grants/Cash Flow/ Emergency Funds are what they need the most, at this uncertain time, from government. <br></p><p>With $962 million announced nationally and $252 million marked for Southern Ontario alone, the RRRF will support Simcoe County small and medium sized businesses that do not qualify for or have not been able to receive funding from current Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures.<br></p><p>In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities in the County of Simcoe, local CFDCs will administer the funding and focus on assisting “main street" businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to our communities, with interest-free loans up to $40,000. Support is available to businesses operated by sole-proprietors, corporations and partnerships. <br></p><p>Staff at the local Community Futures offices are available to walk you through the application process. Please visit the County of Simcoe's Economic Development<span style="color:#0033cc;"> </span><a href="https://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/COVID-19-Government-Supports.aspx"><span style="color:#0033cc;">website</span></a> for more information on eligibility and the office nearest you. </p><p>Should a business be interested in a loan of $40,000 or more and meet the <a href="https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02581.html?OpenDocument"><span style="color:#0033cc;">eligibility criteria outlined on FedDev Ontario's website</span></a><span style="color:#0033cc;">,</span> you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario. </p><p><strong><br>Quotes</strong></p><p>"With nearly a billion dollars in support across the country, the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund will fill in some of the gaps. Our message to Canadians is clear: we are here for you now; we will be here for you in the weeks and months to come; and we will get through this together. We've got your back."</p><p>-<em>The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario</em></p><p><br>“The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and challenging for our businesses, residents and communities. At the County level we are investigating options to support our local businesses and their employees and we're pleased that our local businesses impacted by the pandemic have another funding stream available to them to help alleviate pressures and financial burdens. Government at all levels are here to support our businesses and communities to ensure the best economic, health and social recovery possible." <br></p><p><em>- County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell<br><br></em></p><p>“Small- and medium-sized businesses have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This investment in the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) will capitalize on Community Futures Development Corporations' unique position and expertise to help support rural businesses and entrepreneurs during these challenging times."</p><p><em>- Shawn Heard, President, Ontario Association for Community Futures Development Corporations Inc.</em></p><p><br>The County's EDO and area partners are committed to supporting local businesses. The <em>COVID-19 Business Survey 2.0 ran from April 24</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> to May 8</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> and received 481 responses from local businesses. </em><em> </em>The survey results for Phase I are now available online and can be viewed at:<em> </em><a href="https://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/COVID-19-Business-Survey.aspx"><span style="color:#0033cc;">https://edo.simcoe.ca/Pages/COVID-19-Business-Survey.aspx</span></a><span style="color:#0033cc;"> </span><br></p><p>After analyzing feedback, the County of Simcoe and area partners have incorporated updates into their action plan that contains numerous initiatives under six categories, including: financial support; business outreach; support and resources; workforce alignment; economic development network collaboration and research; business promotion; and potential broader economic stimulus.​<br><br></p><p><strong>Quick Facts</strong><br></p><ul><li>There are four CFDCs that service Simcoe County and deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.</li><li>Local businesses and organizations that have applied for but were unable to access existing federal COVID-19 relief programs are encouraged to contact their local CFDC for more information.</li><li>The County of Simcoe Economic Development Office provides support to grow, attract and assist businesses and business opportunities in Simcoe County, including providing service to more than 16,000 employers across the region and supporting job creation and labour market enhancements. <br><br></li></ul><p><strong>Associated Links</strong></p><ul><li><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">EDO Website</span></span><br style="color:#003399;"></li><li><a href="https://centreforbusiness.ca/business-loans/covid-19-regional-relief-and-recovery-fund-rrrf/"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">Centre for Business and Economic Development</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" style="color:#003399;"> </span><span style="color:#003399;"> </span></li><li><a href="https://www.nottawasaga.com/regional_relief_and_recovery_fund__rrrf.html"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">Nottawasaga Community Futures Development Corporation</span></span></a><span style="color:#003399;"> </span></li><li><a href="https://nscfdc.on.ca/_en/RRRFProgram"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">North Simcoe Community Futures</span></span></a><span style="color:#003399;"> </span></li><li><a href="https://www.orilliacdc.com/rrrf/"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">Community Development Corp. (CDC)</span></span></a><span style="color:#003399;"> </span></li><li><a href="http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/intro"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">FedDev Ontario</span></span></a></li><li><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html"><span style="color:#003399;"><span style="color:#003399;">Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan</span></span></a><br></li></ul><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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p>​CFDCs deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><br></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:%20Collin.matanowitsch@simcoe.ca"><span style="color:#0033cc;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span></a><br></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch​​<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br> <a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="color:#0033cc;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span></a><br></p>
The County of Simcoe virtually celebrates National Paramedic Services Weekhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-virtually-celebrates-national-paramedic-services-week-20-5-22.aspx5/22/2020 2:20:56 PMThe County of Simcoe virtually celebrates National Paramedic Services Week<p><strong>Midhurst/May 22, 2020 – </strong>May 24 to 30, 2020 marks National Paramedic Services Week, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has adapted to virtually recognize the dedication of our front line Paramedic Services personnel, and the role they continue to play in keeping our communities safe. This fits with the national theme “Pandemic: Paramedics on the Front Line".</p><p>“During the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have watched as our Paramedics have adapted their procedures and protocols to play an integral front-line role in response to this emergency", said Warden George Cornell. “On behalf of County Council, our residents and visitors to Simcoe County, we commend our Paramedics and our administrative support staff for the work they do, to protect the health and well-being of our communities." </p><p>Virtual celebrations will include videos and stories showcasing how Paramedics have changed their practices to respond to new protocols and requests, the types of equipment and vehicles used on a daily basis to provide care and tips on how the public can help protect themselves and our first responders.<br></p><p>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services would also like to remind residents experiencing acute medical issues and require an emergency medical response, please don't be afraid to call 9-1-1 during the pandemic. Through discussions with patients and their families, we have learned that some residents are holding off on calls due to concerns around physical distancing and being transferred to a hospital during the pandemic. Waiting only increases the risk for the patient and enhances the level of care needed from paramedics and the health care system. Our Paramedics are taking every precaution, including daily shift screening, enhanced protective equipment and extensive sanitization to make our response as safe as possible for the patients we help and aid.</p><p>During the pandemic, the County of Simcoe has been sharing acts of kindness, support and gratitude from our caregivers and residents across the County. If you have a personal message to share with our County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, please send via social media using #StrongerTogether and tag us <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">@countyofsimcoe</a> on Instagram, <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">@simcoecounty</a> on Twitter or “like" <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">@CountyofSimcoe</a> on Facebook. Photos and posts are also being archived on <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/strongertogether">www.simcoe.ca/strongertogether</a> </p><p>​The 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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> - 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><b>CONTACTS:</b></p><p style="text-align:left;"></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch <br>Manager, Public Relations<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile) <br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​.</span></p><p>Jennifer Straw <br>Public Relations Consultant​<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​705-790-5979 (mobile) <br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services – Always there for those in needhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-always-there-for-those-in-need.aspx5/21/2020 4:24:55 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services – Always there for those in need<p><strong>Midhurst/May 21, 2020 –</strong> In the face of COVID-19, County of Simcoe Paramedics continue to answer the call, expanding their vital role in our communities by supporting partners with COVID-19 testing and delivering other vital paramedicine programs. However, Paramedics' core business remains responding to medical calls, and residents are reminded that if they are experiencing a medical emergency, they should always call 9-1-1.</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">“We appreciate everyone being conscientious of demand on our services, however, we want to reassure residents that our Paramedics are ready and able to respond in times of need," said Andrew Robert, Director and Chief, Paramedic Services. “If you are experiencing acute medical issues and require an emergency medical response, please don't be afraid to call 9-1-1 during the pandemic. Our Paramedics are taking every precaution, including daily shift screening, enhanced protective equipment and extensive sanitization. We're doing everything we can to make our response as safe as possible for the patients we help and aid."</span></p><p>Residents should be assured that Paramedics and Emergency Department staff at regional hospitals have enacted protocols to protect our patients and communities from COVID-19. To keep our patients and Paramedics safe, you should be prepared for some basic questions about your individual situation, including your exposure to COVID-19 or COVID-related symptoms when you call 9-1-1. Please answer the questions from dispatchers and Paramedics honestly to the best of your ability. <br></p><p>While Paramedic Services is supporting the Health Unit with community testing, Paramedics cannot test for COVID-19 through 9-1-1 calls. If you have some mild symptoms and are not sure if you require a test, please follow up with your primary care provider or Public Health.<br></p><p>“As front line health workers, our Paramedics have stepped up to maintain critical emergency services and ensure the health and wellbeing of our residents," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe. “From testing in our long-term care homes and supporting our shelters and vulnerable residents to providing additional paramedicine home care for residents in need, we thank our Paramedics for their continued response and dedication to our communities." <br></p><p><strong>PPE Donation Campaign<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">County Paramedics continue to operate under additional PPE precautions. The County of Simcoe is working with community partners, including the District of Muskoka, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, on a donation campaign for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies. Supplies such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection are essential for the provision of safe medical and community care to patients and residents in our region, including Paramedic Services. Any businesses or community members looking to donate items can mail </span><a href="mailto:EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org" style="font-size:1em;">EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. Information about how and where to send donations is available at </span><a href="http://www.smdhu.org/donations" style="font-size:1em;">smdhu.org/donations</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p>To follow the County's efforts to support of our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, like or follow County of Simcoe on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">Instagram</a>. </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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>​- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><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, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span><strong style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p>
County of Simcoe recognizes National Nursing Week and our valued caregivershttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-recognizes-national-nursing-week-and-our-valued-caregivers-20-5-8.aspx5/8/2020 7:08:02 PMCounty of Simcoe recognizes National Nursing Week and our valued caregivers<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/May 8, 2020 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– Nurses, Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and all caregivers are playing a vital role in supporting and caring for our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. In honour​ of their compassion, dedication, and courage, the County recognizes the week of May 11 to 17, 2020 as</span><em style="font-size:1em;"> Nursing Week, </em><span style="font-size:1em;">as we join municipalities and citizens across the Country in showing our gratitude to our amazing caregivers.</span></p><p>Healthcare professionals and front-line workers continue to set aside fear and apprehension, don their personal protective equipment and step forward to play a critical role in the response to COVID-19. These are demanding and important roles during regular times, and now more than ever, our caregivers require our support and appreciation.  </p><p>“Our front-line workers in long-term care and seniors services, and across our health-care system, have a tremendous impact on the well-being of our communities on a daily basis and have stepped up to ensure our residents remain as safe and healthy as possible during these uncertain times," said Warden George Cornell. “We ask that you take a moment to recognize nurses, PSWs and caregivers for their continued passion and dedication. On behalf of County Council and the entire County of Simcoe, thank you for working to stop the spread of COVID-19."</p><p>The County of Simcoe, through our Long Term Care and Seniors Services Department, employs more than 200 professional Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses and more than 380 PSWs, in addition to many other vital caregiver roles. These dedicated individuals do an exceptional job delivering care to our residents in the County's long-term care and seniors services facilities and programs. </p><p>During the pandemic, the County of Simcoe has been sharing acts of kindness, support and gratitude from our caregivers and residents across the County. If you have a personal message to share with our caregivers, please send along on social media using #StrongerTogether and tag us <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">@countyofsimcoe</a> on Instagram, <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">@simcoecounty</a> on Twitter or “like" <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">@CountyofSimcoe</a> on Facebook. Photos and posts are also being archived on <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/strongertogether">www.simcoe.ca/strongertogether</a> </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 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>simcoe.ca</strong>. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><br></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County COVID-19 service impacts and updateshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-covid-19-service-impacts-and-updates.aspx5/5/2020 5:45:40 PMCounty COVID-19 service impacts and updates<p><strong>Midhurst/May 5, 2020 – </strong>The County of Simcoe continues to provide vital services to residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. Due to health protocols, staffing impacts and public utilisation of some programs and services, the County continues to adjust operations to ensure essential and urgent supports remain in place.<br><br></p><p><b>LINX Transit<br></b><span style="font-size:1em;"><b>S</b>tarting Monday, May 11, LINX Transit is making the following adjustments:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Route 1 – Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie – Transit service will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the last trips leaving at 6:30 p.m. The frequency of service remains every 90 minutes</li><li>Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie – Transit service will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the last trips leaving at 6:30 p.m. Service frequency remains unchanged</li><li>Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie – Morning service will begin in Orillia at 6:45 a.m. with the last morning trip leaving Barrie at 9:05 a.m. Service will resume in the afternoon, starting in Orillia at 3:05 p.m. with the last trip leaving Barrie at 5:25 p.m. Service frequency during these hours of operation is every 100 minutes </li><li>Route 4 – Wasaga Beach to Collingwood – Transit services operating daily on the Sunday schedule beginning in Collingwood at 7:00 a.m. with the last trip leaving Wasaga Beach at 8:30 p.m. Service frequency is hourly. There is no service to Collingwood Collegiate, and no service on Victoria Day, Monday, May 18, 2020</li><li>LINX+ (accessible transit) is not affected by these schedule changes​<br></li></ul><p>Reminder: To find out when your next bus is arriving, go to <a href="http://www.linx.simcoe.ca/">www.linx.simcoe.ca/</a> or use Transit app, available at <a href="https://transitapp.com/">https://transitapp.com/</a> or download on your device free of charge. <br></p><p>In keeping with public health guidelines, the County is requesting that <span style="text-decoration:underline;">ALL</span> riders:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Keep 2 meters (6 feet) between them and other passengers and the driver</li><li>Remove all personal belongings and waste upon departure</li><li>Sneeze/cough into their elbow, use hand sanitizer and wash hands properly</li></ul><p><strong><br>Solid Waste Management<br></strong><em style="font-size:1em;">​Curbside Clothing Collection<br></em><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">lothing collection, which was scheduled to occur the weeks of June 15 and June 22, 2020, has been postponed until further notice due to the temporary closure of the processing facility where material is sorted and graded.</span></p><p><em>Spring Compost Sales<br></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Spring residential and commercial compost sales (offered annually at landfills and transfer stations) have been postponed until further notice in order to adhere to provincial health guidelines regarding essential services and limit visits to landfill sites to emergencies only.</span></p><p><em>Call-in Bulky Item Collection<br></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Call-in Bulky Item Collection that normally runs from June through September has been postponed until further notice to adhere to public health guidelines and to assist in maximizing staff resources supporting essential services and program</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s. <br><br></span></p><p><strong>Long-Term Care COVID-19 testing</strong><br><strong> </strong>The Province has launched a new proactive testing strategy that tests staff and residents in all long-term care homes to help limit the spread of COVID-19 through earlier detection of asymptomatic carriers . By expanding testing, health officials will be better able to understand the breadth of this problem so that they can work with all levels of government and our health agencies to identify risk and limit the extent of further exposure. This testing will also allow public health and long-term care homes to gain helpful insight into our current situation and tailor health precautions accordingly. While additional positive cases may be identified through mass testing, the process will support measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve earlier and work to mitigate further spread. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services are supporting the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit as needed on testing.<br><br> </p><p><strong>Tourism and business supports<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​Tourism Simcoe County and the County's Economic Development Office, in conjunction with member municipalities and area partners, continue to update an online directory of local businesses in Simcoe County that are providing services and goods to residents while following provincial guidelines and physical distancing measures. Visit </span><a href="https://www.experience.simcoe.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">experience.simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">, or follow </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TourismSimcoeCounty" style="font-size:1em;">@TourismSimcoeCounty</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> on Facebook, follow </span><a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecountyedo" style="font-size:1em;">@​SimcoeCountyEDO</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> on Twitter and </span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/experiencesimcoecounty/" style="font-size:1em;">@experiencesimcoecounty</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> on Instagram for daily updates.</span></p><p>The County of Simcoe <span style="font-size:1em;">Economic Development Office (EDO), </span><span style="font-size:1em;">in partnership with member municipalities, the cities of Barrie and Orillia and regional partners, has launched phase II of the Business Impact Survey to assess regional economic development needs and opportunities. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">To participate in the </span><em style="font-size:1em;">COVID-19 Business Impact Survey</em><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><em style="font-size:1em;">2.0</em><span style="font-size:1em;">, please visit </span><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVSYPZ2" style="font-size:1em;">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVSYPZ2</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. The deadline for survey submissions is May 8, 2020.</span></p><p><strong>​<br>Museum month and Museum from home programming</strong><br> May is Museum month and the Simcoe County Museum is offering a range of virtual programs to provide interesting entertainment and history lessons for all ages through informative and engaging activities and tours. Visit <a href="http://www.museum.simcoe.ca/">www.museum.simcoe.ca</a> for details. </p><p><br>Staff will continue to monitor usage of our services and adjust services accordingly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to avoid non-essential travel and use of our County waste facilities and follow public health guidelines to stay home and help us flatten the COVID-19 curve.<br></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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><strong>CONTACTS:</strong><br>​​Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br>Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca<br><br>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-734-8366 (mobile)​<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br>
County of Simcoe Paramedics supporting regional COVID-19 testinghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedics-supporting-regional-COVID-19-testing.aspx5/1/2020 7:39:54 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedics supporting regional COVID-19 testing<p><strong>Midhurst/May 1, 2020 – </strong>As frontline health-care workers, County of Simcoe Paramedics are directly responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today is National First Responder's Day, and the County thanks all our Paramedics for not only responding to urgent 9-1-1 calls for medical assistance, but also for supporting Public Health in providing COVID-19 testing, including the testing occurring at all long-term care homes across the region.  </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Testing<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Effective April 28th, the Province launched a new proactive testing strategy that tests staff and residents in long-term care homes to help limit the spread of COVID-19 through earlier detection of asymptomatic carriers of this silent virus​.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p>By expanding testing, health officials will be better able to understand the breadth of this problem so that they can work with all levels of government and our health agencies to identify risk and limit the extent of further exposure. This testing will also allow public health and long-term care homes to gain helpful insight into our current situation and tailor health precautions accordingly. While additional positive cases may be identified through mass testing, the process will support measures to flatten the COVID-19 curve earlier and work to mitigate further spread. <br></p><p>“We thank our Paramedics for stepping up and supporting testing across the region," said Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe. “The County alone has more than 1,600 combined staff and residents in our homes being tested over a two week period, and we want the public to know that as a result of such mass testing, there is the potential that we may see a positive COVID-19 case coming from the community. By identifying cases early, we can act to limit the spread and further protect our residents and staff." </p><p>Paramedics are playing a key role in testing for COVID-19, however they cannot provide COVID-19 testing through a 9-1-1 call and are working directly through the Public Health Unit to provide community testing support. Residents are reminded that if they believe they have COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact a hospital to let them know they are arriving in advance or contact Public Health and they will coordinate a safe testing opportunity for you, such as a in home visit from a Paramedic.<br></p><p>The County operates four long-term care homes and a continuum of seniors housing and services across the region. To-date, the County has not had a reported positive COVID-19 case among staff or residents in these facilities. <br></p><p><strong>PPE Donations<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Municipal and </span><span style="font-size:1em;">health partners in Simcoe and Muskoka, including the County of Simcoe, the District of Muskoka, and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, are working together on a donation campaign for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and critical supplies that are essential for the provision of safe medical and community care to patients and residents in our region. Any businesses or community members looking to donate items can email </span><a href="mailto:EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org?subject=PPE%20and%20Critical%20Supplies%20Donation" style="font-size:1em;">EmergencyManagement@smdhu.org</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. Information about how and where to send donations is available at </span><a href="http://www.smdhu.org/donations" style="font-size:1em;">smdhu.org/donations</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p>To follow the County's efforts to support of our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, like or follow County of Simcoe on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CountyofSimcoe/">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/simcoecounty">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.instagram.com/countyofsimcoe/">Instagram</a>. </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>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p><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, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca"></a></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"> </span><strong style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;"><br></strong></p>