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Updated: October 15, 2021

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.
  • 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)
    • Ages: All
    • Hours:
      • Monday to Friday, between 10:00am–5:30pm
      • Saturday and Sunday between 10:00am–2:30pm
    • Services: Scheduled appointments for assessments and testing
      • To cancel an appointment that was booked online using the online portal, please call the booking line during regular hours at 613-704-1441 and press 2.
    • Booking:
        • Online: The Brockville COVID-19 Assessment Centre Online Booking offers a set number of appointments per day with 2–4 active provider schedules per day. If no appointments are available for the time and date that you would prefer on the first schedule that you select, go back and select the next schedule to view other available appointments.
        • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time and follow signs to register before parking your vehicle.
        • Phone: 613-704-1441 Please only call to book an appointment if you do not have access to the internet in order to schedule your own appointment.

Vaccinations:

How do you book an appointment?

  • Using the Province’s new online booking tool at www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine
    • You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488, open Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Calling the local Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Booking Centre toll-free at 1-844-369-1234. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week or email covid@healthunit.org.

 

 


What Else Should You Know?

 

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 06/02/21 TOWNSHIP OFFICE OPEN

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.

The Township office in Maynard has extra precautions in place to to ensure social distancing recommendations are followed.

A intercom/door release system has been installed on the inside set of lobby doors. A protocol for visitors has been devised in order to protect the health of both visitors & staff.

To familiarize yourself with this new protocol, visit the Office Visitor COVID-19 Protocols page.

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.

Dog tag and kennel licenses can now be purchased by mail.  Visit the Dog & Kennel Licenses – February 2021 page for more information.

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.  To join the meeting (electronically), contact the Clerk at asimonian@augusta.ca at least 1 hour before the start of the meeting.

 

UPDATED 07/16/2021 AUGUSTA RECREATION FACILITIES

The Augusta Recreation Centres (Maitland, Maynard, North Augusta & Roebuck) are once again available to rent at 50% capacity (contact Matthijs van der Veen, Community Development and Recreation Coordinator for more information.

CAUTION: PLAY STRUCTURES ARE NOT SANITIZED.

 

UPDATED 06/30/2021 AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY MODIFIED 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 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 04/09/2021 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.  Face coverings/masks must be worn at ALL TIMES.  The sites are once again 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.

 

BURN PERMITS

Residents are reminded to follow our Open Air Burning By-Law 3500-2020 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 3500-2020 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.

 


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.


Augusta Township Media Release #10

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

Posted July 23, 2021

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Ontario Government New Release: Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across Most of the Province to Save Lives

February 8, 2021

Public Health Units to Gradually Return to the COVID-19 Response Framework

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. When it is safe to do so, the province will gradually transition each region from the shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framework”).

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“Our number one priority will always be protecting the health and safety of all individuals, families and workers across the province,” said Premier Ford. “But we must also consider the severe impact COVID-19 is having on our businesses. That’s why we have been listening to business owners, and we are strengthening and adjusting the Framework to allow more businesses to safely reopen and get people back to work.”

To support the province’s economic recovery, the government has updated the Framework to allow for a safer approach to retail. Limited in-person shopping in Grey-Lockdown zones will be permitted with public health and safety measures, such as limiting capacity to 25 per cent in most retail settings. In addition, public health and safety measures in retail settings will be strengthened for other levels of the Framework. Individuals will also be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance when indoors in a business, with limited exceptions.

Other measures include a requirement for individuals to wear a face covering when attending an organized public event or gathering (where permitted) if they are within two metres distance of another individual who is not part of their household (both indoor and outdoor). All other requirements for gatherings and organized public events would be maintained.

Based on the improving local trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, the following three regions will be moving back to the Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order:

  • Hastings Prince Edward Public Health;
  • Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health; and
  • Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Due to the fact that public health trends are improving in some regions faster than others, the current Stay-at-Home order will be amended and individual orders making it applicable to each public health region will be made except for the three above. It is proposed that the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply to 28 public health regions until Tuesday, February 16, 2021. For Toronto, Peel and York regions, it is proposed that the Stay-at-Home order will continue to apply until Monday, February 22, 2021. Final decisions will be subject to review of the trends in public health indicators at that time.

“While we have seen some progress in our fight against COVID-19, the situation in our hospitals remains precarious and the new variants pose a considerable threat to all of us,” said Minister Elliott. “As we cautiously and gradually transition out of the provincewide shutdown, we have developed an emergency brake system giving us the flexibility to contain community spread quickly in a specific region, providing an extra layer of protection.”

Recognizing the risk posed by new variants to the province’s pandemic response, Ontario is introducing an “emergency brake” to allow for immediate action if a public health unit region experiences rapid acceleration in COVID-19 transmission or if its health care system risks becoming overwhelmed. If this occurs, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, may advise immediately moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt transmission.

“While we are seeing our numbers trend in the right direction, our situation remains precarious as the variants of concern remain a serious risk,” said Dr. Williams. “This is not a re-opening or a ‘return to normal’ and we must continue to limit close contact to our immediate households and stay at home except for essential reasons. By continuing to follow all public health and workplace safety measures, we can continue to reduce the number of new cases and the strain on our health system.”

In addition, the provincial emergency declared under s 7.0.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA) will be allowed to terminate at the end of February 9, 2021. While the provincewide Stay-at-Home order will cease to apply in some regions as of February 10, 2021, everyone is strongly advised to continue to stay at home, avoid social gatherings, minimize travel between areas with different rules, and limit close contacts to their household. Employers in all industries should continue to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

Enforcement of residential evictions will remain paused in the public health unit regions where the provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect. This will ensure people are not forced to leave their homes. In regions where the Stay-at-Home order is lifted, the regular process for residential eviction enforcement will resume.

Orders currently in force under the EMCPA have been extended to February 23, 2021 and will be extended further if necessary. O.Reg.55/21 (Compliance Orders for Retirement Homes) is currently in effect until February 19, 2021.

“While the declaration of emergency will be ending, the risks posed by COVID-19 and the new variants remain serious concerns,” said Solicitor General Jones. “That’s why extending the stay-at-home orders for most of the province is necessary to protect our communities, our most vulnerable populations, and stop the spread of COVID-19. We continue to urge all Ontarians to follow public health guidelines and stay home, stay safe, and save lives.”

The Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to consult with public health and other experts, review data, and provide advice to the government on the appropriate and effective measures that are needed to protect the health of Ontarians. Municipalities and local medical officers of health may have additional restrictions or targeted requirements in their region.

QUICK FACTS

  • Provincewide Shutdown measures went into effect on December 26, 2020 to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the province.
  • The government declared its second provincial emergency on January 12, 2021 and issued a Stay-at-Home order to reduce mobility and address hospital capacity concerns.
  • Ontario has implemented a six-point plan to deal with the new variants which includes mandatory on-arrival testing of international travellers, enhanced screening and sequencing, maintaining public health measures to keep people safe, strengthening case and contact management to track the spread of new cases, enhanced protections for vulnerable populations, and leveraging the latest data to inform public health decisions.
  • In January, Ontario’s provincial offences officers visited 1,147 big-box stores and other essential retail businesses to ensure businesses are following the public health guidelines and properly protecting workers and customers from COVID-19. 112 tickets were issued to businesses and individuals during three inspection campaigns.
  • To support the safe return of in-person learning, Ontario has introduced new measures to continue to protect students and staff against COVID-19 in the classroom.
  • Once the shutdown is lifted, visitor restrictions for long-term care homes will once again apply to those homes in the public health regions that are in the Orange-Restrict level or higher. In addition, long-term care homes must implement enhanced testing requirements.
  • A full list of emergency orders under the EMPCA as well as orders under the ROA can be found on the e-Laws website and at Ontario.ca/alert.

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Posted February 9, 2021

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

Oct 15, 2021

Information about getting COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccines

The Health Unit is assuring residents that they don’t have to wait 28 days between a COVID-19 vaccine and another vaccine like influenza.

After reviewing the evolving evidence on COVID-19 vaccines and considering the extensive data and experience of giving other routine vaccines at the same time or within days of each other, National Advisory Committee on Immunization has determined that a precautionary approach is no longer necessary. (Read the full statement here; https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci/recommendations-use-covid-19-vaccines/summary-updates-september-28-2021.html.

Early on in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, health experts cautioned with advice to wait both before and after any other immunizations when receiving the COVID vaccine in order to fully evaluate any possible reactions and to ensure that we were getting the optimal immune response and protection from the vaccine. There is now lots of information and data on the safety of COVID vaccines and we know that they can safely be given at or around the same time as other vaccines. Protect yourself and those around you from COVID, influenza and other vaccine-preventable illnesses as soon as you are able!

It is recommended to get immunized against influenza as well as COVID-19. They are 2 different vaccines protecting you from 2 different viruses, one vaccine won’t protect you from both COVID-19 and influenza; you need to get 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 1 of influenza vaccine.

More information about flu season will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus  or call 1-800-660-5853 x2499 Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30-pm. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthunit or Instagram @lglhealthunit.z

Posted October 15, 2021

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Latest United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Media Release

July 26, 2021

Re: Declaration of Emergency – Terminated

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (Counties) has made the decision to terminate the “Declaration of Emergency” under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as of July 22, 2021. Following are the considerations that informed this decision:

  • Ontario entered into Step 3 of the Provincial Re-Opening Plan on July 16, 2021.
  • The supports required to continue to manage during the pandemic can be met with existing resources within the Counties.
  • Active recruitment and oversight of volunteers is not required by the Counties to continue operations under the current pandemic situation.
  • Declared emergencies are designed to heighten public awareness to an impending danger. Awareness of the pandemic is well established within the community.
  • Provincial and Federal financial programs have been designed and implemented relating specifically to the pandemic. Provincial disaster relief funding does not apply to Counties’ operations or our local ratepayers for the pandemic.

The Counties is encouraged by how the members of our community continue to adhere to public health guidance and are doing their part to become vaccinated. It is through these efforts that we continue to see progress in milestones in the fight against Covid-19. For more information on current provincial emergency orders, please visit, https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-information

Terminating the declaration of emergency does not mean the hard work is done, there is so much still ahead. We celebrate that more than 271,386 vaccinations have been administered by the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Health Unit; this means that of the population age 12+, 87% have had a first dose and 67%, two doses. It is important that our community continues to make vaccination a priority. The following information has been provided to assist anyone seeking vaccination.

How can I get vaccinated after August 31st?

COVID-19 vaccine will be available for a first or second dose through pharmacies, primary care, or a mobile health unit vaccine clinic.

  • Book an appointment using the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark online booking portal.
  • Contact the Call Centre at 1-844-369-1234, open Monday to Friday – 8:30am to 4:00pm.
  • Contact a local participating pharmacy.
  • Contact your health care provider.

Although the Emergency Declaration has been terminated, the Counties remains vigilant as the pandemic situation can change, and other jurisdictions have encountered a fourth wave. We encourage everyone to remain committed to practicing good hygiene and follow Public Health guidelines. Should our local situation change, the Counties will determine appropriate future actions required including the potential implementation of a new declaration.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit https://healthunit.org/covid-19-vaccine/ or call 1-800-660-5853.

Sincerely,
Roger Haley, Warden
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

Posted July 27, 2021

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ASK THE EXPERTS – ONTARIO TOGETHER RECOVERY FUND

February 4, 2021
Have you experienced a loss of revenue? Are you struggling with what to do next? Are you frustrated with all the challenges and roadblocks you are facing with operating your business right now? Would you like some help with these topics: Accounting, Legal, Social Media, Human Resources, Business Planning and Coaching, Marketing.

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Centre want to help. If you think that talking to one of these experts would help your business, go to the link below and complete the brief application. They will connect you with one of their experts via email for your free consult with them.  We all need a little help sometime! Let them do that for you!  This program is funded by the Province of Ontario and available for a limited time.
Go to: https://www.lgsmallbusiness.com/covid-recovery-program/

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