Next two weeks crucial in slowing down COVID-19


Leeds and Grenville residents must be vigilant with physical distancing, self-isolating if they have travelled, and continue to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“Now is the time to double down to help prevent the spread of this virus,” United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Warden Pat Sayeau said, citing provincial health expert modelling numbers released by Premier Doug Ford which show 3,000 to 15,000 could die in the province.

“The next few weeks are crucial. We can save lives if we make extra efforts to stay home and follow the federal, provincial and Health Unit directives. Stay home. Stay safe,” Warden Sayeau said.

The Warden’s comments followed a Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) meeting. COVID-19 updates were heard from Leeds and Grenville OPP officials, Fire Service, Counties Paramedic Service, Community and Social Services, Finance, Public Works departments and the Maple View Lodge long-term care facility.

Critical services continue to be maintained by the Counties throughout the outbreak. Emergency daycare centres have now opened in Brockville and Kemptville for frontline emergency first responders, including paramedic, police, fire and healthcare service workers. This service may be expanded depending on demand, according to Counties CAO Andy Brown.

The Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service, a critical service provided by the Counties, is working with the Brockville and Leeds Grenville COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The service is sending two paramedics to provide support seven days a week. The Assessment Centre is located at the Brockville Memorial Centre, 100 Magedoma Boulevard, Brockville. Appointments are made by referral only.

Leeds Grenville is preparing to roll out its portion of the Ontario Government’s Social Services Relief Fund to help protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable people during the outbreak.


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