Augusta Township Media Release #10

MEDIA RELEASE-10 (For Immediate Release)

July 23, 2021

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 as case counts are low and Ontario vaccinations are increasing.

We want to thank residents for their continued support and persistence in following Regulations, which have helped our Province reach Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. Augusta is still in a declared emergency state as we are still in a pandemic and while we are getting closer to a return to normal, we are not there yet. We will continue with the emergency declaration to show our residents that we’re here for them, how important and real the situation still is and that we will continue to represent residents’ best interest.

There is data from other Countries to suggest that if we do not remain diligent, we could see a fourth wave and we want to ensure our Township is prepared should this happen. England who has just over 50% of their population fully vaccinated have seen COVID cases skyrocket and are almost up to the numbers they were seeing in January, and February 2021 They currently have a 7-day average of approximately 41,302 new cases, where at the end of May it was 2,000. In Ontario there is still 20% of our population that have not received their first vaccination and 35% of the population that have not received their second.

The Township Office remains open to the public; all recreation facilities are open including playgrounds and the Waste Management Sites remains status quo. Please note playgrounds are not sanitized.

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 information on services in our community, including vaccination locations, grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health, how to access Federal and Provincial services etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

“We ask you to continue to be COVID Smart, follow protocols with social distancing, facial coverings and hand washing.” said Mayor Doug Malanka “Thank you to our residents for their continued patience and we are looking forward to the day that this will all be officially behind us.”

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca

Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/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