The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has recorded a significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases in the region with over 100 new cases since December 1st, and 81 active cases reported Friday. They have also been notified that the new COVID-19 variant may be present in some of the cases and are waiting for whole genome sequencing to confirm it.
The province is reporting large increases in cases daily. 1600 new cases were reported yesterday. 1500 on Friday and 1350 Thursday. There have been outbreaks in neighbouring communities of Perth and Kingston. South Crosby Public School is closed due to outbreak.
It is important to follow public health precautions to protect ourselves, our family and friends, our community, and keep our schools and workplaces safe and open, and prevent further impact on our healthcare resources.
We all know how to keep the Village safe. Here is a reminder:
- Keep to small social gatherings with vaccinated people. If there are unvaccinated people, then they should wear a mask and keep 2 m distance from others.
- Wear a mask when in public places and keep a 2 m distance from others.
- Stay home if sick (even with mild symptoms), and get a PCR test if COVID-19 symptoms develop.
- If there is possible exposure to someone with COVID-19, isolate and get a PCR test.
Each municipality is required to have a Community Emergency Control Group (CECG). CAO Paul Snider, as the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) chairs this committee. The CECG met regularly from April 2020 until October 28, 2021 and during that time there was a Municipal Emergency Order. The CECG met on Friday afternoon and recommended that the Municipal Emergency Order be put into effect immediately. This will position the municipality if any decisions need to be taken, particularly over the Christmas break. The emergency was declared, however no other actions were taken.
The Health Unit is hosting a vaccination clinic on Tuesday, January 11 at the Legion. For the information of those who got their 2nd shot at the community clinic on July 5, you will be eligible for your booster. You can also book vaccinations and boosters with Tracy Phillips at the pharmacy. Here is the link for the Health Unit.
We have been here before and we know how to pull together. Please be smart, be safe and be kind.