New “Buddy” program pairing volunteers with seniors in need

If you are a Senior over 70 and following the Quebec government’s recommendation to self-isolate, you may need a BUDDY.

A BUDDY is an adult volunteer who will check in with a Senior by phone to make sure they are OK,  help them find solutions to their daily needs, or to simply be someone with whom to connect.

To ensure that our Seniors are not put at risk, Buddies do not have physical contact with their Senior.

If you are a Senior wanting a Buddy please call the Community Center at 450-458-5347, extension 0 and leave us your name and phone number. A Town employee will return your call as quickly as possible.

If you want to volunteer to be a Buddy please call the Community Center at 450-458-5347, extension 0 and leave your contact info. A Town employee will return your call as quickly as possible.

A reminder that this is a check-in phone call service only; Buddys don’t have physical contact with Seniors.

This is a neighbourly, free service, in partnership with community members, organizations, and the Town of Hudson.

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Measures taken by the Town

Updated April 2nd, 2020
Read the municipal bulletin sent to residents on April 2nd, 2020:


Updated March 23rd, 2020

  • Closure of all parks and trails to respect the provincial government order prohibiting all interior and exterior gatherings.
  • Community Patrol will increase their surveillance of park entrances beginning tomorrow, March 24th, to educate the public and provide information.
  • All activities and events taking place in APRIL at the Community Centre are cancelled.

 


Updated March 22nd, 2020

Read the municipal bulletin sent to residents on March 20th, 2020:


March 19th, 2020 communication to residents:

The Mayor and Council members of the Town of Hudson wish to convey their appreciation to the residents of Hudson for their solidarity during this time of pandemic. We continue to monitor the situation closely, and ask residents continue to go to trusted news sources to ensure they are kept abreast of new developments, starting with the Town of Hudson’s website www.hudson.quebec.

To continue to safeguard residents, the Town Council adopted today the following new measures:

  • Interest and penalties for late payment of taxes are suspended until June 1st, 2020, inclusively;

This measure is to assist those most in need. Please take careful note that Town services, such as water, sewer, garbage collection, must continue, and these require financial resources. Those that are able to pay according to normal deadlines are encouraged to do so;

  • The Line of credit for the Town is increased from 2.5 Million $ to 4 Million $. This is a preventative measure only, in the event that the Town has to incur extraordinary expenses related to the current COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The Town administration has instituted a Telework Policy and a Policy for staff to manage absences during the pandemic;
  • The Town has adopted the Delegation of Powers By-Law first proposed on March 2nd, 2020, expected for adoption at the April assembly, in order to allow the Town administration more latitude more quickly during this period.

Please take note that the next Council Meeting, April 6th, 2020, will not be open to the public. A live feed will be provided at the usual time of 7:30 PM, with only a summary of the Council decisions being provided. The assembly agenda will be posted on the Friday previous as usual. Residents are invited to provide their questions in writing at the latest at 9 AM on the day of the assembly. They can be submitted by email (info@ville.hudson.qc.ca) or dropped off at the Town Hall letterbox. Please keep your questions succinct to a similar form as would be the case if the question were verbal.


Updated March 22nd, 2020

PAYMENT OF YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL

  • Whenever possible, please pay your tax bill by using your financial institution’s web-banking services, rather than coming to Town Hall

DISTRICT 3 BY-ELECTION POSTPONED

  • Due to concerns around the COVID-19 virus, the District 3 by-election originally scheduled for April 26th, 2020, has been postponed. More information, including the new by-election date, to follow.

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Measures taken by the Québec government

March 30th, 2020 press conference;

TEMPORARY CHANGES TO OPENING HOURS AND DAYS OF BUSINESS FOR RETAIL STORES

From April 5th to May 1st, 2020:

From Monday to Saturday:

Extended hours and no restriction on the number of employees for:

    • Grocery stores and other food businesses
    • Establishments offering grocery or pharmaceutical services (not located in shopping malls)
    • Pharmacies

Every Sunday in April :

Closure of all retail stores except for:

    • Pharmacies
    • Dépanneurs
    • Gas and service stations
    • Restaurants (open ONLY for drive-through, take-out, and delivery services)
    • Groceries (open ONLY for orders placed by telephone or on-line, and for home delivery service)

March 29th, 2020 press conference;

Avoid travelling from one region to another or from one city to another

All Quebecers are being asked to avoid travelling from one region to another or from one city to another, except where necessary. Such travel should be confined to trips for medical reasons and work when teleworking is not possible.

To this end, to protect certain regions that are more vulnerable, checkpoints will be set up on main roads leading to the following regions and territories:

  • Bas-Saint-Laurent;
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue;
  • Côte-Nord;
  • Nord-du-Québec;
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean;
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine;
  • Nunavik;
  • Cree Territory of James Bay.

Police officers at the checkpoints will limit travel into and out of the regions and only authorize essential travel.

Where a business must resort to fly-in/fly-out regional air transport within Québec for its workers, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) recommends applying the following mitigation measures to limit the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • reduce the number of workers per aircraft;
  • segregate workers displaying symptoms or who have had contact with a case prior to boarding;
  • exclude workers who display comorbidity factors;
  • apply strict social distancing measures;
  • limit the number of people in common areas;
  • disinfect more frequently;
  • provide for isolation measures for workers who appear to be developing symptoms in the workplace;
  • monitor symptoms;
  • implement adapted, adequate health services;
  • provide for emergency transportation if need be.

March 25th, 2020 press conference:

      • Citizens returning from travel are REQUIRED to isolate themselves for a period of 14 days. This isolation is aimed at travellers who are sick, who experience symptoms AS WELL AS THOSE who do not have symptoms and who are in perfect health.
      • Citizens returning from travel who have symptoms MUST communicate their status to a healthcare worker (family doctor, etc)
      • No visits are allowed to seniors’ residences.
      • Residents of seniors’ residences are not to leave their residences without supervision.
      • Citizens who are not working in essential services must stay at home and take precautions when going outside.

March 23rd, 2020 press conference:

      • As of Tuesday at midnight, businesses and stores in the province must close until April 13, except grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services.
      • Residents of elderly care homes will not be allowed to leave their residences without supervision.
      • Call 450-644-4545 or 1-877-644-4545 if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, instead of 811.

March 22nd, 2020 press conference:

      • From midnight tonight until May 1st, 2020, shopping centers, restaurant dining rooms and hair and beauty salons will be closed.
      • Grocery stores (including for animals), pharmacies and SAQs will remain open.
      • The closure of non-essential child care, schools, CEGEPs and universities will continue until May 1st, 2020.
      • All indoor and outdoor gatherings are prohibited, except those required in a workplace that is not subject to a Québec government suspension.
      • Citizens must maintain, at all times, a minimum distance of 2 metres between each other

March 21st, 2020 press conference:

      • The Health Emergency status is maintained throughout the territory
      • Increased measures to enforce the ban on assemblies
      • Forced quarantine of people who could put public health at risk
      • Unless necessary, no travel to avoid spread between neighbourhoods, cities and regions

March 20th, 2020 press conference:

      • Citizens who are sick or have symptoms should isolate themselves at home
      • Citizens are invited to use the coronavirus line according to their area code (450-644-4545)
      • Construction sites must remain open
      • Employers must take all precautionary measures:
        • Access to soap and water
        • Addition of trailers to allow a safe distance between workers

March 19th, 2020 press conference:

      • No non-essential travel from one region to another
      • Seniors 70 and over should stay at home as much as possible
      • If you have symptoms – fever, cough, difficulty breathing – stay home and call 1-877-644-4545
      • Workers in sectors still active (agriculture, trucking, grocery, transportation, public, etc.) are asked to take all necessary precautions.

March 18th, 2020 press conference:

      • Significant increase in the number of tests and analyzes
      • No public gatherings, even in places of worship
      • Workers still working must take all possible precautions
      • Masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and people with symptoms

March 17th, 2020 press conference:

Revenu Québec measures for citizens and businesses:

For individuals :

      • The deadline to submit the tax return for the 2019 taxation year is June 1, 2020
      • No penalty or interest if the balance due for the 2019 taxation year is paid on or before July 31, 2020
      • The June 15 installment payment for the 2020 taxation year may be made after July 31, 2020, which date will be made public later.

For business owners:

      • Business owners will be able to submit their 2019 income tax return on the usual date, no later than June 15, 2020.
      • The June 15 installment payment for the 2020 taxation year may be made after July 31, 2020, which date will be made public later.
      • No penalty or interest if the balance due for the 2019 taxation year is paid on or before July 31, 2020.

March 16th, 2020 press conference:

Temporary worker assistance program

For people in isolation:

      • who have the virus,
      • who have symptoms of the virus,
      • who have been in contact with someone infected with the virus, or
      • returning from abroad

And who are not compensated by:

      • their employer,
      • private insurance,
      • government programs, including federal government employment insurance
        • Among these are workers in employment on the basis of a visa or work permit and certain self-employed workers.

$ 573 per week for a period of 14 days. This program could be extended to a month, if necessary

Application form available online, details on Québec.ca/coronavirus


March 14th and 15th, 2020 press conferences:

The Government has taken a number of measures to contain the spread, including:

      • Closure of libraries, museums, theatre, concert halls, pools, spas, ski hills, bars and discothèques, cinemas and arcades, fitness centres and gyms, arenas and similar establishments, until March 30th;
      • Temporary closure of buffet-style restaurants and sugar shacks.
      • Restaurants requested to open at 50% capacity, ensuring a buffer of 1 metre between patrons;
      • The adoption, on March 13, 2020, of an Order in Council declaring a health emergency throughout Québec territory (PDF 19.36KB) (in French only). This exceptional measure will, by way of an example, enable the Ministère de la Santé et les Services sociaux and establishments to promptly purchase equipment or conclude the necessary contracts to protect the health of the population;
      • Voluntary self-isolation for 14 days for anyone who returns from abroad on or after March 12, 2020;
      • Mandatory isolation for 14 days for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, who return from abroad on or after March 12, 2020;
      • The prohibition of indoor gatherings of more than 250 people;
      • The public is urged to avoid unnecessary indoor gatherings;
      • The closing of all childcare services (childcare centres, subsidized and non-subsidized childcare services, home childcare services and unregulated childcare services) and the education network (elementary and secondary schools, training centres, private schools, CEGEPs, colleges and universities) from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. However, measures will be implemented to continue to offer childcare services to parents who work in the health network and in essential services such as police officers, firefighters, ambulance attendants, correctional officers, special constables, and so on;
      • Regular visits to hospitals, private senior’ residence, residential and long-term care centres throughout Québec are prohibited;
      • Prevention and control in healthcare settings in suspected or confirmed cases of infection;
      • Coverage, by the Regie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), of health services related to COVID-19 provided by correspondence or by means of telecommunications;
      • The opening of designated clinics to deal with individuals displaying symptoms;
      • The postponement of municipal by-elections on March 15, 2020 and the 20 others planned by late April.

Health care professionals in Québec, in particular doctors, nurses, laboratory staff and paramedics, have access to tools to quickly identify cases suspicious for COVID-19, ensure they are managed appropriately and that the necessary prevention and control measures are taken.

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Health recommendations

For citizens returning from travelling

Voluntary self-isolation  for 14 days is recommended for anyone returning from abroad on or after March 12, 2020. Returning travellers must be vigilant and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Self-isolation  is mandatory for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, returning from abroad. Public sector employees will continue their treatment during the isolation period.

Residents of Quebec who develop symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing when they return from travelling abroad must contact the toll-free line 1 877 644-4545.

For everyone

  • Wash your hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette:
    • Cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs.
    • If you use a tissue, dispose of it as soon as possible and wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with more vulnerable people, including older adults and people who have a chronic disease. For example, avoid visiting people in the hospital, people living in residential and long-term care centres or in private residences.
  • Avoid direct contact when you greet someone, such as shaking hands, and use alternative ways to greet people.

Every individual has their part to play to reduce the risk of spreading viruses.

Masks are not an effective means of protection for the general public. Their use is indicated more for patients who are suspected of being infected and for the health professionals who are providing care for them.

If you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus, you can contact the toll-free line 1 877 644-4545.

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Measures taken by the Federal government

March 18th, 2020

  • The Emergency Care Benefit – this benefit will support Canadians who become sick, need to self-isolate, or need to take time away from work to care for a child. This benefit will provide direct assistance to Canadians who do not qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) of up to $450 per week for up to 15 weeks. This benefit will be available in early April and you will be able to apply online from your home in order to follow public health advice. We will not require a doctor’s note, which would only further add to the burden facing our public health care system.
  • The Emergency Support Benefit – this benefit will provide direct financial support to Canadians that are laid off or experience a decline in hours. Importantly, this new benefit will provide coverage for individuals that are self-employed or that do not otherwise qualify for Employment Insurance.
  • An enhanced GST Credit – this measure will support Canadians that have modest incomes by doubling the maximum credit for over 12 Million families. This credit top-up would mean an average of $400 for single adults, and $600 for couples. This measure will inject $5.5 Billion into the Canadian economy and will be available as soon as May 2020.
  • An enhanced Canada Child Benefit that will see an additional $300 per child for the 2019-2020 year to assist with unexpected challenges tied to raising children, including disruptions to child care.
  • A new Wage Subsidy for Small and Medium-sized businesses. This will equate to 10% of their employees’ salary for a period of 3 months and will be delivered by granting a holiday on a portion of tax withholding remittances that would ordinarily be due to the federal government. It will give up to $1,375 per employee and up to $25,000 per employer. This measure will apply not only to businesses but also to non-profits and will help them avoid layoffs.
  • A 6-month moratorium on all Canada Student Loans payments – during the period of this deferral, no student loan payments will become due, and no interest will be charged on amounts owed during this time. This relief will save 1 Million young Canadians an average of $160 per month.
  • Additional support to assist Canadians without access to housing. For many of these individuals, self-isolation is an impossibility and we need to ensure they have the support to protect their health. This will include funding to help shelters implement public health measures to ensure vulnerable individuals, including women and children fleeing violence, will have a safe place to seek refuge.
  • Changes to help protect the retirement savings of Canadian seniors in light of market volatility, we are reducing the mandatory withdrawal from RRIFs by 25%.
  • A new $305 Million Indigenous Community Support Fund to help First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities that will help provide them address immediate needs that many Canadians take for granted.
  • Canada’s major banks, will work with Canadians on a case-by-case basis to provide support for those who have experienced disruptions to their pay, interruptions to child care, or unexpected health needs. This will begin with a deferral of mortgage payments for affected Canadians by up to 6 months.
  • $55 Billion in immediate support for Canadian businesses and worked with other organizations or agencies to help protect against potential negative economic consequences of the spread of COVID-19, including:
    • An extension of the tax filing deadline to June 1. This tax deferral will allow businesses that owe taxes at the end of the year to delay the time at which taxes would ordinarily become due until August 31. No interest will accrue during this period.
    • Support of more than $10 Billion in loans for businesses of all sizes through the Business Credit Availability Program.
    • Increased Liquidity for lenders in the Canadian economy to help businesses stay afloat through $50 Billion in mortgage purchases that will allow banks to free up additional lending capacity.
    • A reduction of the interest rate through the Bank of Canada to 0.75%. Additionally, the Bank of Canada will free up lending capacity by approximately $50 Billion.
    • Doubling the lending capacity of Farm Credit Canada.
    • The Superintendent of Financial Institutions has changed the rules regulating Canada’s major banks that will allow them to increase lending capacity by approximately $300 Billion.
    • Additional support through EDC’s Canada Account for items that are in Canada’s national interest.

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the main symptoms associated with COVID-19?

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

The symptoms can be mild (similar to a cold) or more severe (such as those associated with pneumonia and respiratory or kidney failure).

2. How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 usually infects the nose, throat and lungs. In most cases, it is spread by:

  • close contact with an infected person when the person coughs or sneezes;
  • touching infected surfaces with your hands and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
3. How long can COVID-19 survive on objects?

In general, COVID-19 does not survive for long on objects:

  • 3 hours on inert objects with dry surfaces;
  • 6 days on inert objects with wet surfaces.
4. Will wearing a mask protect me effectively against COVID-19?

Masks are not an effective means of protection for the general public in Québec. Their use is indicated more for patients who are suspected of being infected and for the health professionals who are providing care for them.

5. Is there any treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 for the moment. Most people with the virus will recover on their own by remaining at home without needing to go to the hospital.

6. Which countries are most at risk?

For this information, you are advised to consult the Travel Advice and Advisories  section on the Government of Canada site.

7. I have travel plans. Should I cancel them?

The Gouvernement du Québec is asking Quebecers to cancel non-essential trips.

If you decide to travel anyway, you are advised to consult the Travel Advice and Advisories  section on the Government of Canada site. You must also self-isolate for 14 days when you return.

8. I am returning from a trip. What do I have to do?

Voluntary self-isolation  for 14 days is recommended for anyone returning from abroad on or after March 12, 2020. Returning travellers must be vigilant and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Self-isolation  is mandatory for all public service employees and health care, education and daycare workers, both private and public, returning from abroad; Public sector employees will continue to receive their wages during the isolation period.

9. I work in the private sector and I have to self-isolate. Can my employer fire me?

The Gouvernement du Québec is asking employers to be understanding and flexible toward employees who are returning from travelling or who have symptoms.

10. Should I be worried about the COVID-19 situation?

For now, the spread of COVID-19 is under control in Québec, but the situation must be monitored closely. The Government is taking all the necessary measures to contain the contagion as much as possible.

11. If I must go into voluntary self-isolation, what instructions must I follow?

Self-isolation is when an infected or potentially infected person is asked to stay at home and monitor themselves for symptoms during the virus’s incubation period. You can find out more about recommended practices during self-isolation by visiting the page Instructions for self-Isolating in the home or co-living setting  on the Government of Canada’s website.

12. Which childcare services are closing?

All childcare services will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. The closing covers childcare centres and subsidized and non-subsidized childcare services, home childcare services, and unregulated childcare services.

However, measures will be implemented to continue to offer childcare services to parents who work in the health network and in essential services.

13. What must parents who work in the health network and whose children attend childcare services do?

Measures will be implemented to continue to offer childcare services to parents who work in the health network and in essential services.

14. How will the childcare centres selected to remain open for health and social services network personnel or people providing essential services be identified? How will parents be notified?

The Ministère de la Famille plans to requisition a certain number of childcare facilities that will remain open to provide services for priority clients. The needs are currently being assessed. Employers in the hospital network will contact their employees to provide the contact information for the childcare centres or daycare facilities where services will be provided.

15. Must parents continue to pay for childcare service?

No. The government will pay the parental contribution and the childcare service subsidy for the entire two weeks.

For parents whose children attend a non-subsidized childcare service, no payment will be required during the two-week period.

16. Will non-subsidized daycare centres be compensated?

Yes. Measures will be announced shortly.

17. Will personnel members at childcare centres and subsidized childcare facilities continue to be paid?

Yes. Employees will be paid as usual.

18. Which educational services are closing?

All services offered in the education network will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. The closing concerns elementary and secondary schools, training centres, private schools, CEGEPs and colleges and universities.

19. Can COVID-19 cause a food shortage?

No. There is no reason to fear a food shortage.

20. Are visits to hospitals, private senior’s residence and residential and long-term care centres allowed?

Starting March 13, 2020, regular visits to hospitals, private senior’s residence and residential and long-term care centres will be prohibited to protect the most vulnerable individuals and workers in the health and social services network.

21. Does the RAMQ cover health services provided by means of telecommunications?

Yes, the RAMQ will from now on cover health services provided by correspondence or by means of telecommunications. This coverage includes, for example, a telephone consultation with a physician.

22. What is a health emergency?

A health emergency can be declared when a threat to the health of the population demands the immediate application of certain measures. It empowers the Québec government and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux to implement an array of measures to protect the health of the population.

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux could, for example, promptly purchase equipment or conclude the necessary contracts to protect the health of the population.

23. Is this the first time that Québec has declared a health emergency?

Yes. This exceptional measure demonstrates the Gouvernement du Québec’s determination to adopt the necessary measures to protect Quebecers.

24. Which jobs do essential services include?

Essential services include occupations in the health network and police officers, firefighters, ambulance attendants, correctional services officers, and special constables.