Updated: April 13, 2022
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
- 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.
- Businesses are required to adopt a policy to ensure facial coverings/masks are worn 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
To find a Vaccination Clinic, visit the Health Unit’s website. There is also a link on their page for booking appointments.
Vaccinating Children aged 5-11
Health Canada has approved the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) for children ages 5–11. Visit the Health Unit’s website to learn more about how and why to get your kids vaccinated.
Based on guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations, Ontario is now recommending third doses of COVID-19 vaccine to optimize protection from infection for those who are most vulnerable.
Most people will have good protection still with 2 doses, but seniors, and those who have compromised immune systems, or those at very high risk of exposure will benefit from an additional dose for continued protection against severe disease/hospitalization.
Visit the Health Unit’s website to see who qualifies for the booster and where to receive them.
What Else Should You Know?
AUGUSTA DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY – *NOTE: THE STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS LIFTED 02/22/2022
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.
TOWNSHIP OFFICE & RECREATION FACILITIES
In order to keep physical contact to a minimum, we ask that residents call the office or email staff rather than come in to the office. If a physical meeting is required, an appointment can then be arranged. This is also recommended to ensure that staff are available and on site when you arrive.
For a complete list of Township Staff with their phone numbers, email addresses and examples of areas they are responsible for, please visit our CONTACT US page.
As of March 1, 2022, the following changes have taken place:
- All occupancy loads are back to pre-COVID numbers within Township buildings. This means that the Council chambers and recreation halls are fully open to the public.
- Proof of vaccination is no longer required at our recreation halls.
- Passive screening is still required in any public places so there is a sign on our doors reminding visitors to please not to enter if they have COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19. (see poster)
- The doors inside the lobby at the Township office are no longer locked during office hours. Visitors do not need to use the intercom button.
- Masks are still required to be worn within any Township building.
- Council meetings will continue to be held electronically as well as in person. To virtually attend a Council meeting, visit our website’s “Important Dates & Community Events” calendar and click on the meeting link provided.
CAUTION: PLAY STRUCTURES ARE NOT SANITIZED.
AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICES
Please visit the Library’s website to learn what arrangements and protocols they currently have in place.
DROP BOX AVAILABLE
The front doors to the lobby at 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.
TRANSFER STATIONS – UPDATED 03/21/2022
As per the Ontario Regulation, all Provincial mandates relating to facial coverings were lifted as of 12:01am this morning – Monday March 21st, 2022. This means the mandate for facial coverings has been removed for staff and residents at the Transfer Stations. However, if staff or residents still wish to wear a facial covering, the Township of Augusta supports their decision and there will be zero tolerance for any bullying or harassment.
Augusta Township Media Release #11
February 23, 2022
Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held a meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Tuesday to review our declaration of emergency.
The Township of Augusta has made the decision to terminate the “Declaration of Emergency” regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as of February 22, 2022. Following are the considerations that informed this decision:
• The supports required to continue to manage during the pandemic can be met with existing resources within the Township.
• Declared emergencies are designed to heighten public awareness to an impending danger. Awareness of the pandemic is well established.
• Provincial and Federal financial programs have been designed and implemented relating specifically to the pandemic.
The Township of Augusta continues to ask our residents to adhere to all public health guidance as life begins to return to a “new normal.”
With the termination of the emergency declaration, the Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline has been deactivated. If residents would still like 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., please dial 2-1-1 from any touchtone phone.
“We ask you to continue to adhere to Provincial and Leeds Grenville, Lanark Health Unit Regulations with social distancing, facial coverings and hand washing.” said Mayor Doug Malanka “We would like to thank our residents for respecting the health protocols aimed at protecting their health, safety and well-being and that of their loved ones, persons living with elevated risk and our community on the whole.”
Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.
Posted February 23, 2022
Ontario Government New Release: Ontario Moving to Next Phase of Reopening on February 17
Improvements in key indicators allowing province to safely ease public health measures sooner
February 14, 2022
TORONTO — With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously and gradually easing public health measures sooner, with the next phase of measures being eased on February 17, 2022 at 12:01 a.m.
“Given how well Ontario has done in the Omicron wave we are able to fast track our reopening plan,” said Premier Doug Ford. “This is great news and a sign of just how far we’ve come together in our fight against the virus. While we aren’t out of the woods just yet we are moving in the right direction.”
Last month, Ontario released its plan to follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health and workplace safety measures if health indicators continued to remain stable and improve. Positivity rates have fallen and new admissions to hospital and ICU have been declining week over week, signaling that the Omicron peak is behind us. Over the coming days and weeks, these trends are expected to continue, allowing the province to safely accelerate its timelines.
“Thanks to the province’s high vaccination rates and the continued sacrifices of Ontarians, we are now in a position where we can move forward in our plan earlier than anticipated,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With hospitalizations and ICU admissions continuing to decline, we are committed to maintaining a gradual and cautious approach to protect our hospital capacity and ensure patients can access the care they need when they need it.”
Effective February 17, 2022
Ontario will further ease public health measures, including, but not limited to:
- Increasing social gathering limits to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
- Increasing organized public event limits to 50 people indoors, with no limit outdoors
- Removing capacity limits in the following indoor public settings where proof of vaccination is required, including but not limited to:
- Restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments without dance facilities
- Non-spectator areas of sports and recreational fitness facilities, including gyms
- Meeting and event spaces, including conference centres or convention centres
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments
- Indoor areas of settings that choose to opt-in to proof of vaccination requirements.
- Allowing 50 per cent of the usual seating capacity at sports arenas
- Allowing 50 percent of the usual seating capacity for concert venues and theatres
- Increasing indoor capacity limits to 25 per cent in the remaining higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required, including nightclubs, restaurants where there is dancing, as well as bathhouses and sex clubs
- Increasing capacity limits for indoor weddings, funerals or religious services, rites, or ceremonies to the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance. Capacity limits are removed if the location opts-in to use proof of vaccination or if the service, rite, or ceremony is occurring outdoors.
Capacity limits in other indoor public settings, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, retail and shopping malls, will be maintained at, or increased to, the number of people who can maintain two metres physical distance.
In addition, as of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022, Ontario is expanding booster dose eligibility to youth aged 12 to 17. Appointments can be booked through the provincial booking system and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, as well as at select pharmacies administering the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be booked for approximately six months (168 days) after a second dose. To book an appointment online, individuals must be 12 years old at the time of appointment.
Effective March 1, 2022
Ontario intends to take additional steps to ease public health measures if public health and health system indicators continue to improve. This includes lifting capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings.
Ontario will also lift proof of vaccination requirements for all settings at this time. Businesses and other settings may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination. Masking requirements will remain in place at this time, with a specific timeline to lift this measure to be communicated at a later date.
To manage COVID-19 over the long-term, public health units can deploy local and regional responses based on local context and conditions.
“Thanks to the efforts of Ontarians to help blunt the transmission of Omicron, our health care indicators suggest a general improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the province,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We are now in a position to lift more public health measures, but it is important to stay vigilant, as we don’t want to cause any further disruption to people’s everyday lives. We must continue to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities by following the measures in place and by vaccinating those who have not yet received their doses.”
- Due to a steady decline in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and ICU admissions, on February 10, 2022, the government lifted Directive 2 to begin a gradual and cautious resumption of non-urgent and non-emergent surgeries and procedures across the province.
- Since Ontario entered modified Step Two, over 202,000 Ontarians have received a first dose and more than 2,575,000 Ontarians have received their booster.
- To further support the province’s cautious easing of public health measures, Ontario is expanding access to free rapid tests, with 5.5 million rapid tests to be distributed each week for eight weeks through pharmacies, grocery stores, and community partners in vulnerable communities.
- Effective January 4, 2022, the use of the enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code and the Verify Ontario app must be used in settings where proof of vaccination is required.
- Download your vaccine certificate by visiting https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/.
- To have your vaccine certificate mailed to you, call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
- On January 17, 2022, Health Canada approved the antiviral Paxlovid. Ontario received approximately 10,000 courses of treatment from the federal government in January, with additional allocations of more than 10,000 courses for February and 33,000 courses for March. Eligibility is currently focused on adults with the highest risk of severe outcomes.
- In response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Ontario updated its COVID-19 testing and isolation guidelines. Learn more about what to do if you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Ontario Expanding Access to Free Rapid Tests for General Public
- Ontario Outlines Steps to Cautiously and Gradually Ease Public Health Measures
- Proof of Vaccination Guidance under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020
- All Ontarians 18+ Eligible for COVID-19 Booster Appointments at Three-Month Interval
- For public inquiries, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).
- For resources in multiple languages to help local communication efforts in responding to COVID-19, visit Ontario’s COVID-19 communication resources webpage.
- Businesses that have questions about public health and workplace safety measures can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.
Posted February 16, 2022
Media Release: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
April 13, 2022
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit joined with the Champlain and South East Regions’ hospital Chiefs of Staff and Medical Officers of Health to release a statement about the status of COVID-19 in the area. The key messages are:
- Get all COVID-19 vaccines you are eligible for, including booster doses.
- Stay home if you are sick – even if your symptoms are mild.
- If you have symptoms take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if possible, or a PCR test if eligible.
- Practise respiratory etiquette (like coughing into your elbow) and wash your hands frequently.
- Wear a well-fitted, three-layer mask in all public indoor settings.
- If you are hosting or attending a social gathering please allow for physical distancing, outdoor gatherings are best.
- If you test positive or have symptoms, even if they are mild, you should stay home for at least five days or as otherwise advised by current isolation guidance. Individuals can be infectious for up to 10 days, so it is important that for an additional five days you wear a mask when outside your home and avoid those who are most vulnerable and high-risk settings like hospitals and long-term care.
All the measures combined will help to reduce other respiratory infections, including influenza that is circulating in our community.
Read the full statement here:
- South East: Media Releases – KFL&A Public Health (kflaph.ca)
- Champlain: COVID-19 – Ottawa Public Health
Posted April 13, 2022