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South Dundas COVID-19 Update (March 13)

The Municipality of South Dundas Emergency Management Team participated in regional meetings today, March 13 conducted by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

At this time, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus remains low. School closures and event cancellations are being made as precautions to avoid the possible spread of the virus.

Event organizers are encouraged to follow the Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s direction for all upcoming events. The following recommendations currently apply throughout Ontario.

  • For events of 1,000 people or more, cancellation is recommended.
  • For events of 250-1,000 people, contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) to undergo a risk assessment. Call 1-800-267-7120.
  • For events of 250 people or fewer, use proper risk management procedures such as the installation of hand washing stations. If event attendees are expected to include a significant number of at-risk people, contact the EOHU.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit and the Municipality will be releasing regular updates on social media channels and website as the situation evolves.

At this time residents should exercise caution and self-regulated preventative measures to reduce risk of exposure to the virus. The following recommendations are provided in association with the EOHU.

  • Wash your hands often, cough/ sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Keep surfaces clean and if you are feeling unwell, stay home and work from home to prevent the infection of others.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • If possible, pay for your taxes via cheque, bank transfer or pre-authorized payment to reduce exposure in public places.

To reduce the risks within South Dundas all March Break activities are cancelled. Additionally, all recreation programming is cancelled until April 6, 2020 at which time the Municipality will reassess.

“The Municipality is taking this issue seriously and is working to ensure we do everything we can to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Steven Byvelds. “Our team is working closely with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and implementing safety measures based on their recommendations. I encourage everyone to stay informed and follow the Health Unit’s steps for protecting yourself and loved ones. We will keep our community informed as the situation develops.”

If you have questions about the virus or think you may have contracted the virus, contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 1-800-267-7120. For more information visit: