COVID-19 Risk of Infection, Economic Recovery and Mixed Messages (May 13): A Message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko

A message from Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko about the COVID-19 pandemic in Hamilton – where is the risk of contracting COVID19 highest, staying home and economic recovery in Hamilton.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

After nine weeks working from home, I’ve officially lost my car keys. I have no idea where they are – its been so long since I drove somewhere I can’t even re-trace my steps. I’m sure they’re around here somewhere, they’ll turn up…

At the time of writing (10:30pm on May 12th, 2020) there are now 490 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton with 24 deaths (5%) and 66 hospitalizations (13%).

The number of new daily cases of COVID19 in Hamilton is continuing to remain flat – although community infection remains to be by far the highest risk for new cases (41% in the last 10 days).

Physical distancing is working – but if you are in public for any reason, you still must take all necessary precautions to avoid infection and stay safe.

Continue reading below…

Mothers Day and Mixed Messages

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the Ward 8 moms!

This year’s mother’s day was pretty low key for our family. Instead of visiting extended family, we made due with the traditional breakfast in bed and a family Zoom meet-up.

However, news broke this week that Premier Ford spent time visiting with his adult daughters – in violation of Provincial (and City) public health physical distancing legislation.

Ford’s admission comes just days after Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, expressed concern that some 55 per cent of new coronavirus infections are still being contracted through community spread. 

Williams was asked Thursday if Ontarians could begin expanding their so-called physical bubble to include other households, as has been permitted in some other provinces, to which he replied:

“The key public health measure, as you recall, was the requirement for people to — except in the family unit or bubble — stay six feet away, ideally stay home, have very little interaction that would bring you in proximity of people closer than six feet. And that is still in place at this time.”

Shanifa Nasser CBC Toronto

With the Victoria Day long weekend coming up in a few days, there will be increased pressure to get together with friends and family.

While we have made fantastic progress fighting this pandemic, there is still a very long road ahead and now is not the time to start taking unnecessary chances.

Economic Recovery in Hamilton

This week the Province also announced new plans for re-opening Ontario through a gradual and staged approach.

In Hamilton, we know that COVID19 has had a devastating impact not only on the personal health and wellness of residents, but also the businesses that Ward 8 residents rely on for their livelihood.

In response, Hamilton City Council has formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Recovery that will provide multi-sector leadership and direction to guide Hamilton’s economic recovery in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic through an aggressive action driven plan to position the City of Hamilton for immediate and long term sustainable and equitable economic recovery.

(Please click here for the complete terms of reference.)

Where is the Risk of Contracting COVID19 Highest?

Of course, any conversation about re-opening Ontario, getting together with family and friends or returning to business as usual has to start from a public health perspective.

One of the most comprehensive reports on the risks of contracting COVID19, (and how to avoid them) that I’ve seen is by Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As we start to think about more contact beyond our self-imposed bubbles, this article is definitely worth a read (although please be advised that this is one author’s opinion and not an official source).

Questions or Concerns?

If you think your friends, neighbours and family in Ward 8 may benefit from receiving these updates, please forward the following link and ask them to send us a request to be added to the mailing list: https://ward8hamilton.ca/contact-us/

Let’s work together and support each other.

Stay home, stay healthy – stay safe.

Sincerely,

John-Paul Danko

Hamilton City Councillor for Ward 8

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office here.