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Updated: July 27, 2020

COVID-19: What Is It?

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit’s website has a page dedicated to COVID-19 which outlines exactly what this virus is, symptoms to watch for and how it is spread.


What is Expected of Us?

As per the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit:

Because this virus spreads so easily – we all need to do our part to slow and reduce the spread so our healthcare system is not overloaded. This means:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2m (6ft) away from people in public areas – or where a face covering if physical distancing is not possible
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels
  • If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms (including fever) – please self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment or get tested at an assessment centre.
  • * UPDATE As of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:01am (and to be reviewed on September 30, 2020) business are required to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are work inside enclosed public spaces/settings that are openly accessible to the public. To learn more about face coverings/masks, visit the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page on the Health Unit’s website.  They have also produced a document with the guidelines for businesses which can be found HERE.

 

The province is recommending that people come forward and get tested who meet the criteria below.

  1. All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms. Please see the list of symptoms on the Province’s assessment tool.
  2. People who do not have symptoms but are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
  3. People who do not have symptoms but feel they are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plant employees).

If you need transportation or have mobility issues, contact the Health Unit to discuss how you can be tested.

No person who is symptomatic or who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an assessment centre.

The nearest Assessment Centre:

  • Brockville Memorial Centre (100 Magedoma Blvd) : Open to walk-ins. People can come and get a test anytime Monday to Friday 10:00am–5:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am–2:30pm.

 


What Else Should You Know?

 

ONTARIO DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17, 2020 and issued orders to close non-essential workplaces, recreational programs, libraries, publicly funded schools, private schools, day cares, provincial parks, churches and other faith settings, as well as bars and restaurants, except those that may only offer takeout or delivery. Essential services, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, public transit, manufacturing facilities, and supply chain companies remain open and operational.

In May, Stage 1 of the reopening process began with the Province slowly easing restrictions.  To learn more about Stage 1, visit the Province’s website.

The Province announced June 12, 2020 that people of Ontario can expand their household “bubbles” and establish a “social circle” of no more than 10 people. These 10 people can come into close contact with each other without having to practice physical distancing measures.

To form a safe social circle these steps should be followed:

  • Start with the people you live with or who regularly come into your household. Large households may not be able to add additional people to their circle, as it would exceed ten people.
  • If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including another household, family members or friends.
  • Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle and no other one.
  • Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle.
  • Be true to your social circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

It is important to clarify that these “social circles” are different than social gatherings. Visits with non-circle people would be considered a social gathering and must use the same rules as before including being outside, keeping a physical distancing of at least 2m/6ft, staying home if sick, practicing good hand hygiene, covering your cough or sneeze, and cleaning & disinfecting commonly touched surfaces.  You can learn more about “social circles” on the Province’s website.

All places of worship in Ontario were also be permitted to open June 12, 2020 with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District (which includes Augusta Township) was also permitted to move into Stage 2 of reopening on June 12, 2020.  To learn more about what can and cannot be open during Stage 2, visit the Province’s website.

 

AUGUSTA DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

On March 27, 2020, Mayor Doug Malanka declared a state of emergency in the Township of Augusta, under Section 4 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and remains effect until further notice.  Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in our community. It means that, as a Township, our priority is to be proactive and prepared. It will ensure that Augusta Township’s municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead.
We need residents who feel they are not at risk personally to recognize how serious (and potentially deadly) this pandemic can be to all, especially our elderly and those with a compromised immune system. The formal Declaration also provides the Township of Augusta with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of residents. It streamlines the decision-making process through the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group so they can act as quickly as possible when they need to.

 

*UPDATED 07/03/2020 TOWNSHIP OFFICE OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

While municipal staff are considered essential, Augusta Township Council announced that as of March 17, 2020, ALL Township buildings, including the municipal office in Maynard would be closed to the general public until further notice. Effective MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020, the Township office (3560 County Road 26) will be reopening BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Visitors will be required to call/email in advance (the earlier the better) to book an appointment. A new intercom/door release system has been installed on the inside set of lobby doors. A new protocol for visitors has been set up in order to protect the health of visitors & staff.

To familiarize yourself with this new protocol, CLICK HERE.

Council meetings are still taking place electronically.  Check the Important Dates & Community Events calendar for dates and times of meetings.  Reminders of meeting times will also be posted on our Facebook page.  To join any Township meeting electronically, please email the Clerk at asimonian@ augusta.ca at least one (1) hour before the start of the meeting.

 

*UPDATED 07/17/2020 AUGUSTA RECREATION FACILITIES

Augusta Township’s recreation buildings are currently CLOSED until further notice.  All play equipment, picnic tables, benches etc. are now OPEN, however physical distancing of at least two metres must be in place except between individuals from the same household or social circle.

CAUTION: PLAY STRUCTURES ARE NOT SANITIZED.

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*UPDATED 6/15/2020 AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY MODIFIED SERVICES

Please visit the Library’s website to learn more about their reopening procedures.

 

DROP BOX AVAILABLE

The front doors to the Township office are unlocked for anyone wishing to access the drop box inside the lobby.  The box is clearly marked on the left hand side of the lobby on the brick wall.  Township staff check the box regularly.  We ask that you please do not put cash in the drop box.  Thank you.

 

AUGUSTA’S COVID-19 ASSISTANCE HOTLINE  613-348-3455 ext. 222

Augusta Township has set up a dedicated hotline to assist residents with finding the resources they need in our community for everything from grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. The number is set up through Fire Station #1 and residents are asked to leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

 

*UPDATED 5/26/2020 TRANSFER STATION CHANGES

Both the Maynard and North Augusta Transfer Stations will remain open their regular operating hours however there will be a limit of six (6) cars inside at a time.  As of May 30, 2020, the sites will once again be accepting construction/bulky fee-based materials.  There will be a limit of ONE load ONLY per household per day.  Normal fees will apply.  Cash only will be accepted.  We anticipate high traffic volumes and for the safety of everyone, children are to remain in the vehicle at all times, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please follow attendants directions.  Abusive, harassing or threatening comments and/or behavior will NOT be tolerated – possible measures include temporary suspension, permanent suspension or possible Law Enforcement removal of individual(s) from Transfer Stations.

We thank residents and ask that they continue to be patient as we work with our Contractor to provide this service during these uncertain times.

NOTE: The Maynard Transfer Station will be closed from July 6-11, 2020 for paving.  North Augusta’s Transfer Station will be open extended hours during this time.

 

BURN PERMITS

Residents are reminded to follow our Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and property owners MUST obtain a free burn permit prior to any burning.  All Open-Air burning will be strictly enforced with zero tolerance for violations of the Open-Air Burning By-Law. Failure to comply could result in significant financial penalties. Every violation of the Burning By-Law 3160-2015 will result in a fine of $410.00. Should Augusta Fire Rescue be required to extinguish an open- air burn or a fire started by an open-air burn the fee is $485.00 per hour per fire apparatus on scene.

Residents must continue to follow all Federal and Provincial Government COVID-19 Orders which include physical distancing and no gatherings of more than 10 people.  Reminder that failure to comply with Open Burning regulations could result in reinstating the burn ban.  We thank all residents for their patience and understanding while abiding by the Burn Ban and continuing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through our communities and Fire Service.  Please contact us with any questions: 613-348-3455 ext. 201 or ext. 202.

 

INTERIM TAX BILLS WERE EXTENDED

Interim tax bills were originally due March 30, 2020.  Council extended the interim tax bill payment deadline to April 30, 2020 to help residents with this closure. No interest was incurred during the extension period.

 


What To Expect As Things Reopen

As businesses/offices (including Township buildings) begin to reopen, everyone can expect changes to standard operating procedures.  Here’s a few things we can expect to see:

  • Physical distancing (6 ft) to be adhered to.
  • Being requested to wear a face mask.
  • The number of people being allowed inside to be limited.
  • New barriers/windows installed to protect people from airborne droplets.
  • Visitors being required to make appointments ahead of time.
  • Commonly touched surfaces being cleaned after use.
  • Being required to answer screening   questions before being admitted (do you have any symptoms, have you been out of the country etc.).
  • Having your temperature checked before being admitted.
  • Cash may not be accepted.
  • Longer, slower line ups with people following physical distancing recommendation of 6 ft.
  • New signs/floor markings indicating where you can stand.
  • Workers wearing masks, face shields/guards, gloves.
  • Less staff on hand (people working from home, self-quarantined, laid off workers etc.).

It is suggested that where possible, you call/email ahead to see what procedures will need to be followed.

To view the changes for visitors at the Township Office in Maynard (effective July 6, 2020), please visit the TOWNSHIP OFFICE VISITOR PROTOCOL page.


Latest Augusta Township Media Release #6

Wednesday May 13th, 2020
Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Friday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta reminds residents that all public amenities and facilities are closed to the general public until further notice. Limerick Forest, Maitland Trails and Rothsay Dive Site are available for residents to walk around, however public washrooms, change rooms and other amenities will not be open.

Augusta Fire Rescue has lifted the Open-Air Burn Ban. Property owners MUST obtain a permit and call the Open Burning Hotline prior to burning. Residents are reminded that there will be zero tolerance for those not following Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and there can be significant financial fines. Burn Permits are available for FREE for property owners at: augusta.burnpermits.com. Please call 613-348-3455 ext. 202 for any assistance with receiving your burn permit.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time. In line with Provincial orders cautiously reopening public spaces and businesses, along with resident and employee safety concerns, the bulky waste will remain closed at this time. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. A 2metre (6feet) space must be observed between residents and attendants.

“I would like to THANK residents for their continued efforts in limiting gatherings to five (5) or less and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “The government is starting to slowly reopen our province and if residents can continue to follow the regulations in place, we will soon be able to return to a new normal. I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those working the frontlines during these times, we are so grateful for your work”

We would like to remind our residents to only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted May 13, 2020

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Latest Ontario Government News Release: Ontario Implementing Additional Measures at Bars and Restaurants to Help Limit the Spread of COVID-19

July 31, 2020

Measures to Further Protect the Health of Ontarians as the Province Continues to Re-open Under Stage 3

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, has amended orders O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 and O. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, as the province carefully and gradually reopens.

“Protecting the health and well-being of all Ontarians has always been our top priority,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These additional measures will help reduce close contact between individuals in these settings, and support case and contact tracing, thereby limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

In order to keep patrons of restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments safe, the amended orders will implement the following measures:

  • All patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas, with limited exceptions; and
  • Bars and restaurants (and also tour boat operators) in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, which will support case and contact tracing.
  • Complementary changes are being made in respect of existing provisions relating to tour operators and tour boat operators.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other public health experts continue to closely monitor the evolving situation to advise when public health measures or restrictions can be further loosened or if they need to be tightened.

It remains critically important for everyone to continue following public health advice as more businesses and services reopen in Stage 3. This includes practising physical distancing with those outside your household or social circle, wearing a face covering when physical distancing is a challenge or where it is mandatory to do so, staying home when ill, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

QUICK FACTS

  • Businesses and sectors unable to open or facing significant difficulties in operating under the current restrictions are invited to visit Ontario.ca/reopen to submit a reopening proposal. Businesses are also encouraged to use the government’s guide to develop a workplace safety plan. Government officials will work collaboratively with them on a plan to safely reopen, where feasible. The plan will be considered by public health officials and the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee as part of Ontario’s approach to Stage 3.
  • Some local municipalities may have enacted by-laws or local medical officers of health may have issued Section 22 orders under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, mandating the use of face coverings, and other restrictions, in some settings. Other medical officers of health may have mandated the use of face coverings, and other restrictions, through reference to emergency orders. Refer to local municipal or public health unit webpages for more information.
  • For questions on restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, review the Stage 3 Emergency Order on the emergency information portal or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1 888 444-3659.
  • Over 180 guidance resources are available to businesses to help them safely reopen and keep customers and workers safe.
  • The province has set up a Workplace PPE Supplier Directory, where employers can find suppliers who sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to support a safe reopening of their workplaces.
  • Testing is available at any of the province’s 144 assessment centres currently open. To find your closest assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/coronavirus.
  • The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.

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Posted July 31, 2020

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Latest Media Release: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

July 6, 2020

Local health units announce regional approach to mandatory masks

Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of face coverings/masks in enclosed public places within their respective jurisdictions.

Each public health unit will be issuing an Instruction under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act Stage 2 which states that the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, this Instruction will require businesses to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn inside enclosed public spaces/settings that are openly accessible to the public. The Instruction comes into effect as of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:01am and will be reviewed on September 30, 2020. The LGLDHU, to support implementation of this Instruction, will provide information and consultation to operators of enclosed indoor spaces. This directive is to be primarily used to educate people on facial covering/mask use in enclosed public spaces where 2-metre physical distancing cannot always be maintained.

As the province continues to reopen, there are increased opportunities for people to have close contact with others in enclosed public spaces. This could lead to an increased risk of potential spread of COVID-19, especially indoors or confined spaces where there is minimal airflow, higher concentrations of people, and an increased chance of sharing high-touch surfaces.

Evidence shows that wearing a mask or face covering, such as a bandana, scarf or cloth that covers the mouth and nose, can help contain the spread of COVID-19 when used in combination with staying home when ill, frequent handwashing and practicing physical distancing. Facial coverings/masks that cover your mouth, nose, and chin help to prevent respiratory droplets from your mouth and nose from reaching others or landing on surfaces.

“We have learned over the course of this pandemic that we have to get ahead of the COVID19 virus – it is very infections and can spread easily among people with close contact in enclosed spaces. Most people do not have immunity to COVID-19 and some people may experience no symptoms but still be able to spread the virus,” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health. “We have been recommending the use of face coverings/masks in enclosed indoor spaces for many weeks. With the increase in opportunities for people to be indoors in public spaces with others, now this is the time to add facial covering/mask use to the existing requirements for operators of indoor public spaces. Each person wearing a facial covering/mask says I am protecting you. We all need to reciprocate this behaviour – it is social responsibility.”

The Health Unit has staff answering COVID-19 related questions and concerns for the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day at 1-800-660-5853 extension 2499. Public Health Inspectors are also available to discuss environmental health concerns. You can also get more information about COVID-19 by visiting www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or by connecting with LGLHealthUnit on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted July 6, 2020

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Latest United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2020

Leeds Grenville Municipal Emergency Control Group updates

The highlights of the Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) held today are listed below. The group hears reports from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, area police and fire officials and Counties departments, including Community and Social Services, Paramedic Service, Public Works, Finance and Maple View Lodge long-term care facility.

Counties Council will discuss continuation of emergency declaration:

Warden Pat Sayeau announced a discussion regarding whether the counties-wide Declaration of Emergency should be continued or lifted will take place at the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for June 9th.

Warden Sayeau initially declared a State of Emergency for Leeds and Grenville on Wednesday, April 8th.

The Warden commended Counties staff for ensuring service delivery throughout the past 10 weeks since the Ontario government announced its COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency on March 17th. He noted staff have adapted to new working procedures to ensure their safety while continuing to provide regular and critical services to Leeds and Grenville residents.

No new tri-county COVID-19 community cases identified in the past week:

Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, confirmed there have been no new community cases of COVID-19 identified in the region over the past week.

Dr. Stewart also noted the province is now encouraging more testing, including testing of those who may be asymptomatic. Additional testing will give a better sense of how many community cases there are, she said.

Emergency childcare centres operating well:

Four Emergency Child Care sites for essential workers continue to operate in Kemptville and Brockville. There is a small waiting list for Brockville.

Child care rooms are limited to six children each to maintain required distancing guidelines. The application form for essential workers is available on the Counties Community and Social Services webpage.

The Temporary Social Distancing Centre is slowly winding down its operations. Alternative housing is being arranged for those in need.

Reminder for residents to follow safe burning practices:

Leeds and Grenville residents are permitted to burn according to local guidelines and restrictions within their municipalities. The Leeds Grenville Fire Coordinator asks residents to burn safely. Learn more on the province’s Safe Burning webpage.

Provincial Online Assessment tool

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, check the Ontario Online Self-Assessment tool. Symptoms have changed over time and now include a runny nose and fatigue. Online Self-Assessment tool.

MECG’s next meeting: The next Municipal Emergency Control Group will be at the call of the chair.

Learn more on the Counties COVID-19 Information webpage. Subscribe to a Special COVID-19 Business Support webpage.

Posted May 25, 2020

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Updated Summary of Government Support Programming, as of June 2, 2020

List of Local PPE Suppliers (as of May 25 2020)