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Update on COVID-19 for March 18

Candice Vetter

From the office of our region’s newest MPP, Stephen Blais, comes contact information regarding public health, with URLs and phone numbers.

Government of Ontario Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, the Province of Ontario's novel coronavirus (COVID-19) web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario. Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000 Ottawa Public Health 613-580-6744 Government of Canada:

If you are feeling overwhelmed or need mental health advice, please contact the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region: Distress: 613-238-3311 Crisis:613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991.

And in Russell, Foodland has partnered with Kin Club of Russell to deliver groceries. Russell Foodland Manager Karine Boucher decided to have groceries delivered to those who could not leave their homes during this state of emergency. The Kin Club of Russell partnered with her to take grocery orders, pack and deliver them in the local area.

Groceries will be placed in large bins and delivered in bags to the front door of anyone’s home, starting with 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. deliveries. The Kin members and volunteers will not step inside the home or have direct contact with the residents.

Project Chair Nick Beauchamp said deliveries are free of charge. Persons interested in having groceries delivered should contact Russell Foodland by email at with your name and phone number included. A member of Russell Foodland staff will contact you to confirm availability of product and payment method, along with the best time, address and date for delivery.

Persons interested in volunteering to help deliver groceries should contact Nick Beauchamp at or at 613-894-0950.

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