Updated: December 3, 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:
- 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.
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 09/03/2020 TOWNSHIP OFFICE OPEN WITH NEW PROTOCOLS IN PLACE
The Township office in Maynard is now open once again with extra precautions in place to to ensure social distancing recommendations are followed. In order to keep physical contact to a minimum, we still 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.
A new intercom/door release system has been installed on the inside set of lobby doors. A new protocol for visitors has been devised in order to protect the health of both visitors & staff.
To familiarize yourself with this new protocol, CLICK HERE.
Township Council & Committee meetings are still taking place electronically until further notice. Dates & times will be posted on our website (Important Dates & Community Events calendar) with reminders being posted the morning of the meeting on our Facebook page. It is anticipated that a limited number of in-person attendees may be accommodated at the Township office. To join the meeting (electronically or in person), contact the Clerk at email@example.com at least 1 hour before the start of the meeting.
*UPDATED 10/27/2020 AUGUSTA RECREATION FACILITIES
The Augusta recreation centres (Maitland, Maynard, North Augusta & Roebuck) are now open again for bookings on a case-by-case basis pending approval from the Township.
Anyone wanting to book one of the halls must complete a COVID 19 Augusta Hall Rental Approval Form and submit it to the Community Development & Planning Coordinator, Nicole Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) for approval before booking the hall.
Please note that we are currently not allowing alcohol on site, there are new capacity limits for each hall and events must follow proper COVID-19 protocols.
If you have questions or for more information, please contact Nicole Walker at email@example.com or call 613-925-4231 ext. 110.
All play equipment, picnic tables, benches etc. are now OPEN, however physical distancing of at least two metres (6 feet) must be in place except between individuals from the same household or social circle.
CAUTION: PLAY STRUCTURES ARE NOT SANITIZED.
*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.
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.
NOTE: The final tax bill deadline was not be extended. Taxes were due on September 30, 2020.
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 (updated September 3, 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 Rothesay 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
Latest Ontario Government News Release: Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely
November 25, 2020
Ontario Provides Public Health Advice on How to Protect You and Your Loved Ones
TORONTO — The holidays are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19. To support Ontarians as they begin to safely plan for the season, the Ontario government, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table, is providing preliminary guidance on how to safely celebrate this year and protect your loved ones.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
“I know there are many people looking forward to their traditional family celebrations at this time of year, but to keep your loved ones safe, traditions will have to be adjusted,” said Premier Ford. “We’re asking everyone to please stick to your own household when celebrating. Avoid big holiday parties or large family dinners to help us stop the spread of this deadly virus. By following this public health advice, we can all have a safe and fun holiday season.”
No matter where you live in the province, the safest way to spend the holidays this year is by only celebrating in person with the people you live with and celebrating virtually with everyone else. If you live alone, consider exclusively celebrating with one additional household as a safe way to spend the holidays.
While public health measures to keep Ontarians safe may be different in communities across the province, the following is some general advice to consider when planning your holiday season:
Safer Holiday Activities
- Virtual holiday gatherings or events with family, friends or co-workers.
- Outdoor holiday activities such as building a snowman or going on a sleigh ride with members of your household.
- Visiting Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves outdoors and taking photos while keeping two metres apart.
- Attending a drive-in or drive-through event.
- Watching holiday or other movies with your household.
- Decorating your doors and putting up lights around your home.
- Lighting your menorah.
- Baking holiday treats with your immediate household.
- Donating to your favourite holiday charity or toy drive
Riskier Holiday Activities
- In-person holiday gatherings or events, particularly gatherings where masks or face coverings must be removed to eat or drink.
- Indoor holiday activities such as having overnight guests or sleepovers with friends or people outside your household.
- Visiting Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus or their elves indoors and taking photos without being two metres apart. Children are not permitted to sit on Santa’s lap this year.
- Visiting family and friends for non-essential reasons.
- Individuals and families in higher transmission areas should avoid going to lower transmission areas, except for essential reasons.
- Hosting or attending social gatherings or organized public events that do not adhere to provincial or local requirements. See below for information about the gathering limits that apply in the various zones.
While the above is recommended advice from public health officials, please remember you must adhere to public health and workplace safety measures and rules in your region.
A new holiday web page will be launched shortly to provide more direct and up-to-date guidance on how individuals and families can plan for a safe holiday season.
“The holidays are a special time of the year for many people, and while we all want to spend time with family and friends, we must celebrate safely to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Minister Elliott. “With the recent news about several vaccines there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I realize that it won’t be easy, but we must continue to follow public health advice and look for new and creative ways to celebrate this year.”
It is important for everyone to adhere to the public health measures in their communities, especially when connecting with others. All Ontarians are strongly recommended to continue doing the following:
- Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild;
- Avoid social gatherings and limit close contacts to your household or the people you live with;
- Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else;
- Adhere to the restrictions in your region on public and private gatherings;
- Wear a face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or if wearing one is required;
- Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly;
- Cover your cough;
- Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app;
- Individuals and families from higher transmission regions should avoid travel to lower transmission regions (e.g., from Red level to Orange level), except for essential reasons; and
- Download the COVID Alert mobile app.
“We understand the traditional importance of visiting family and gathering during the holiday season, but as we are continuing to live in unprecedented times, we need to look at new ways of celebrating and marking special occasions,” said Dr. Williams. “Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and by strictly following these measures we can all plan for a healthy holiday season while keeping our loved ones safe.”
Ontarians are advised to visit Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in their community, and check with their public health unit for any additional information or restrictions. Advice may also vary by the level a public health unit is in, which can change depending on public health trends in the region as the holiday season approaches.
Social Gathering Limits by Level under the Regulations
- In all levels, people are required to comply with public health guidance on physical distancing;
- Indoor and outdoor limits can not be combined to increase the applicable limit;
- The specified limits apply to gatherings even if in a private dwelling, including houses, apartment buildings, condominium buildings and post-secondary student residences;
- The limits do not apply to a gathering of members of a single household.
- The limit for indoor social gatherings is 10 people;
- The limit for outdoor social gatherings is 25 people.
- The limit for indoor social gatherings is five people;
- The limit for outdoor social gatherings is 25 people.
- Indoor social gatherings are not permitted, except for a gathering of members of a single household, or a gathering that includes members of a household and one other person from outside that household who lives alone;
- The limit for outdoor social gatherings is 10 people.
Note that capacity limits for religious services, rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services are different from the above. Refer to O. Reg. 82/20, O. Reg. 263/20, and O. Reg. 364/20.
If a person or business is not found compliant with orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (“Reopening Ontario Act”), they could be ticketed with a fine of $750 under the Act
- Individuals living away from home, including those studying at colleges and universities, should consider doing a self-quarantine, or reducing close contact with others, 10 to 14 days before returning home for the holidays.
- The fewer people you have contact with, the lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Virtual gatherings and virtual events are the safest way to visit or celebrate occasions with people outside your household.
- In Red–Control regions, trips outside of the home should only be for essential reasons (e.g. work, school, groceries, pharmacy, health care, assisting vulnerable individuals, or physical activity).
- If you are concerned you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, take the online COVID-19 self-assessment.
- Get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you have been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert app. Visit Ontario.ca/covidtest to find the nearest testing location.
- To find the right supports, visit COVID-19: Support for People, which has information about the many available and free mental health services and supports.
- Gatherings, Ethno-Cultural and Festive Occasions, and Other Events
- Find out what level and which regional public measures are in place for your area.
- Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19.
Posted November 27, 2020
Latest Media Release: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Dec 2, 2020
Outbreak declared at Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville
The Health Unit is working with Sherwood Park Manor in Brockville to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One resident has tested positive for COVID-19. Enhanced infection control measures under the Long-Term Care Home Act have been put in place to manage the outbreak and are being monitored by the Health Unit. The resident has been isolated in their room.
“This is a concerning time for our home community, and our families. We will continue to keep them informed,” said Alfred O’Rourke, Administrator for Sherwood Park Manor.
“Along with the increase in local cases of COVID-19, this outbreak serves as a reminder to the community to continue to be COVID-SMART,” says Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health. “I encourage everyone to self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested, wear a mask or face covering when you cannot maintain a distance of 2 metres from others, and to practice regular hand hygiene.”
The best way to get reliable information about COVID-19 is by visiting https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 from 8:30 to 4:30 every day. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, self-isolate at home and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/. Information about local COVID-19 assessment centres is available by visiting https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/assessment-testing-results/
Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
Posted December 3, 2020
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.
Posted May 25, 2020
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