COVID-19 Update #2
Arresting the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is a unique, global challenge. In Canada as in countries around the world, unprecedented measures are in place to reduce the virus’s impact. At Will Davidson LLP, we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our clients, staff, and lawyers, while continuing to work on existing claims and accept new clients. If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact our personal injury lawyers today to learn how we can help.
National and Local Updates
As of April 5, the federal government considered Canadians to be at ‘high’ risk of COVID-19. The virus has already had a significant impact on our healthcare system; more than 15,800 cases have been confirmed, as have at least 293 deaths. At least 324,791 people have been tested from coast to coast.
More than 4,300 COVID-19 cases and 130 deaths have been confirmed in Ontario, where a declaration of emergency has been in place since March 17. In the City of Toronto, there were 1,232 cases and 27 deaths as of April 5. A state of emergency was declared by Mayor John Tory on March 23.
In order to limit the virus’s spread, the province has required all non-essential business, venues, and public spaces to close, including:
- Bars and restaurants, except to provide takeout or delivery service
- Facilities providing indoor recreational programs
- Public libraries
- Public and private schools
- Licensed childcare programs
- Movie theatres
- Live music, dance, and art venues
- Concert venues
- Playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, and skateboard and BMX parks
- Off-leash dog parks
- And more…
The province has also barred public gatherings of more than five people. These orders will remain in place until at least April 13.
Some populations are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others, including people over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, and people with underlying medical conditions. These groups are advised to stay home as much as possible.
People who have returned to Canada from abroad are also considered high-risk and must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
Those of us who are not at elevated risk of infection should follow some basic safety principles:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer as often as possible
- Sneeze or cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Stay home if you are feeling sick
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
Everyone who is able should also practice physical distancing. That means working from home if you are able and leaving the house only to get groceries or medication, walk the dog, or get some exercise.
Resources and Support
The province has provided information on physical distancing, self-isolation, hand washing, masks, and several other subjects on the Public Health Ontario website.
Information about affected city services, economic support and recovery programs, social support programs (child care, food, housing, etc.), travel advice, and resources for health professionals are also available on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 online portal.
Contact Will Davidson LLP
Will Davidson LLP remains open for business during the COVID-19 shutdown. Our physical offices are open and staffed with critical personnel only, and our lawyers are working remotely. If you are an existing client with questions or concerns about your case, our team is available to assist.
We are also continuing to accept new claims. If you have been injured, contact our team of personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free no-obligation consultation. We have technology in place to enable seamless communication with new and existing clients and can proceed with your consultation at your earliest convenience.
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