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First, some exciting news for local residents. CJRO has been informed that the former D&S Restaurant in Carlsbad Springs has been sold. Few details were available, but it appears the new owners will operate it as an international restaurant in the future.

The Orleans Urgent Care Clinic would like to remind local residents that they are not only open, but have lots of availability for patients. It is a walk-in clinic, but right now patients should call first. The clinic offers telephone and video consultations. Afterwards patients might be directed to attend at the clinic for an in-person appointment or to go to Emergency. The medical clinic handles medical and minor surgical problems. It has much of the same equipment as a hospital emergency department, and it is equipped for initial treatment of serious and acute medical conditions. These include heart attack, asthma, fractures, dislocations, lacerations and allergic reactions. The clinic has an on-site lab, x-ray, ultrasound, and pharmacy. The phone number for the Orleans Urgent Care Clinic is 613-841-5389. It is located at 1220 Promenade Place d’Orleans.

For suspected cases of COVID-19, check with an assessment centre first. There are centres at Brewer Arena in Ottawa (across Bronson from Carleton University), The Lions’ Den in Winchester (across from the hospital), in Casselman at 872 Principale, and in Hawkesbury at 750 Laurier. For the hours and rules of each go to eohu.ca and click on the assessment centres link.

Together with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Interval House of Ottawa, Ottawa Victim Services and the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa is pleased to announce the launch of Unsafe at Home Ottawa, a secure and supportive text and online chat line for victims and survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. The tool was designed to help women who are living with abuse or violence, but are required to stay home due to physical distancing. Women can connect by text and live chat with trained professionals to get advice, coping mechanisms and options for staying safe.

Text Unsafe at Home Ottawa at 613-704-5535 or chat online unsafeathomeottawa.ca

With COVID-19 outbreaks in retirement residences and long-term care homes, researchers from The Ottawa Hospital, the University of Ottawa, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network and the National Institute of Ageing have helped develop two decision aids for families trying to decide if they should bring loved ones home to be cared for.

To help families decide if it is feasible the aid is at decisionaid.ohri.ca

Health officers have added to the list of COVID-19 symptoms. These can range from mild to severe. They are fever, chills, muscle aches, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, hoarse voice, runny or congested nose, headache, fatigue, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, croup, or loss of taste or smell.

Call 911 or go to Emergency immediately if someone has severe difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, confusion, loss of consciousness, or delirium.

Spring cleaning is changing a bit this year. The City of Ottawa asks that homeowners leave leaves lying rather than bagging them, as many native bees haven’t emerged from hibernation in leaf litter and stems. The City is also trying to reduce risk to their employees and ask that only two or three bags at a time be put out, and that large items not be put out. The GLAD Cleaning the Capital Spring Campaign is delayed until further notice. However many residents will be cleaning up on or around their properties. They are reminded to cover hands with gloves or plastic bags, not to touch faces during cleaning, never to touch a needle directly, and wash hands thoroughly after cleaning. Do not use donation bins at this time.

Drive carefully and stay healthy. You don’t want to go to the hospital right now!

Last week the OPP arrested a driver going 271 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. His tire blew out seconds after he passed a police car on Highway 417 near Hawkesbury.

I’ve also noticed a lack of attention among drivers in general. Everyone is distracted and everyone is worried, and it’s not just the joyriders to watch out for, so keep your eyes open.

Sustain Ontario is meeting with the Premier's Office and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs this week to ask that they declare community gardens essential.

“Growing food in community gardens is not a recreational activity, it’s an essential service, the letter says. “Now more than ever with food disruptions and increasing food insecurity, and we ask that it be

immediately included in the list of essential food services in Ontario.

The Ontario Community Growing Network (OCGN) has developed rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols.

Finally, some good news for truckers and haulers. On Monday, May 4, seasonal load restrictions on roads will end.

Do you have news that matters to our area? If yes, contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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