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Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

MEDIA RELEASE: February 9, 2021

Stay at Home order to be lifted on Feb 16th in LGL

The lifting of the Stay-at-Home order in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark recognizes that our residents, municipalities, workplaces, businesses, and services have followed public health precautions well to reduce COVID-19 transmission within our region that causes illness, hospitalizations and outbreaks in schools, long-term care and retirement homes.

The Province’s plan to lift the Stay-at-Home order for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit region on February 16th, 2021 means that we will also be functioning within the Ministry COVID-19 Response Framework from that point on. Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework

What zone of the Framework will our health unit area be moving to on February 16th?

The government considers a range of criteria when determining its zone in the Framework:

  • Advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health who considers trends in key indicators, including:
  • Epidemiology of the virus (e.g., case rate over a number of weeks, % positivity), including confirmed presence of COVID-19 variants of concern (VOCs);
  • Health system capacity;
  •  Public health system capacity; and
  • Local context and conditions

The Province will announce our zone by Feb. 16.  Based on current trends it could be Green-Prevent or Yellow-Protect which was where we were when the Shutdown occurred on Dec. 26, 2020.

The specific requirements for the Green, Yellow and Orange Zone of the Framework are outlined in O. Reg. 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3. In the Yellow Zones there are some more restrictions compared to the Green Zone in regards to opening hours or restaurants, liquor service and sales times, music volume, spacing of 3m for fitness activities, and collecting contact information.

New requirements added to the Framework include:

1.       Posting clear and visible signage at all business entrances, with detailed questions to facilitate passive screening of patron  in accordance with instructions on screening issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;  

2.       Active symptom screening of employees; and

3.       Preparation of a safety plan for organizations and businesses, and make it available upon request.

All of us have a responsibility now to ensure we continue to follow all COVID-19 precautions and keep ourselves, our family, friends and neighbours protected form COVID-19 infection. This will ensure our health care providers and hospitals are able to provide regular care, mental health and community services are available, our schools stay open, and business and services thrive.

For local information about COVID-19 visit our website at www.healthunit.org.

Check for updates to the Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework webpage in the coming days for more information on how the Province’s measures affect the Leeds, Grenville, Lanark area.

Ontario’s Workplace Education and Enforcement Campaign comes to LGL & WESTPORT this week-END

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit

MEDIA RELEASE

Inspection Blitz Helps to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Workers and Public Safe

November 25, 2020

The Ontario government launched a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. These campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce the COVID-19 health and safety requirements.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is pleased to welcome the Multi-Ministry Education and Enforcement Team to several communities on November 27 and 28, including Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Merrickville, Westport and Kemptville (if there is time).  Another visit will be organized at a later date for Brockville, Prescott and Gananoque, and Kemptville (if not already visited).

During the 2-day campaign provincial offences officers will be visiting local businesses (retail stores, restaurants, and gyms) to provide guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act

The campaigns are being carried out by a team of 18 provincial offences officers from across ministries. To date, over 1,000 workplaces have been visited in other communities across Ontario, and the response from business owners and operators has been overwhelmingly positive. 

During each visit, officers provide business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. Businesses will be emailed a report after the visit. These campaigns are developed in consultation with local health units and support Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework under the Reopening Ontario Act.

These inspections are primarily focused on education and outreach – confirming that businesses are doing the right things and keeping employees, consumers and the public safe and providing them the opportunity to contact public health for continued support. The most common areas of non-compliance during all campaigns to date have been improper mask use, lack of employee screening, and improper sanitization. Locally the Health Unit has received several complaints about the lack of proper physical distancing or overcrowding at our local retail and food service businesses.  There are more than 200 sector-specific guidance resources at Ontario.ca/covidsafety to help business owners and operators create their workplace safety plan.

For more information about operating a business during COVID-19, visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/business-re-opening/

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Coronavirus – what can we do? what precautions should we take?

I have been asked these questions many times in the past couple of weeks.  As leading scientists world-wide work collaboratively to develop treatment and a vaccine, we all can have a role in preventing the spread of coronavirus.  The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Board of Health is the best source for information regarding who is most at risk, the spread of the virus and methods of prevention.

Please visit their web site and do what you can.

https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Call if you have any questions.   — 613-273-9195