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COVID-19 Update

What is Social Distancing?

Social Distancing means staying at home as much as possible, and avoid non-essential trips in the community. Read more on the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website. 

What is Self-Isolation?

Self-Isolation means stay at home for 14-days monitoring yourself for symptoms, or until 24-hours free of symptoms. Do not go out into the community during self-isolation as you may infect others with the virus. Read more about who needs to self-isolate and how on the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website. 

What are the symptoms and what to do? 

Symptoms of COVID-19 are common to a number of respiratory illnesses, and can range from mild to severe: fever, cough and respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. If you suspect you have contracted the virus, or are experiencing symptoms, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 1-800-267-7120. If you are experiencing severe symptoms or in the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1. Advise the operator of your symptoms and travel history. Do not call or go to the hospital with NON-severe symptoms. Visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website for more guidelines. 

News

Find the latest news from South Dundas regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic at the links below.

COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive in EOHU Region – LTC Residents and Staff to be Immunized Starting Today

EOHU Media Release – Local Health Units Announce Regional Approach to Mandatory Masks

Winchester COVID-19 Assessment Centre Introduces New Appointment System- September 2020

Temporary COVID-19 Testing Centre Opening in Parking Lot at Calypso Waterpark in Limoges

All COVID-19 Testing Centres Changing to Appointment Only

EOHU Issues New Order for Owners and Operators of Businesses

EOHU Region to Be in the Yellow-Protect Category of New Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework

From the Mayor

South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds provides regular updates to the COVID-19 situation. Read his statements at the links below.

Mayor Byvelds COVID-19 update January 12

Assessment Centres

Winchester Assessment Centre

The COVID-19 Assessment Centre at the Lions Hall in Winchester is open this week from 12 to 6 pm each day. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough), is first encouraged to go to the Ministry of Health’s website and complete a self-assessment online and follow the recommendations. You can also contact your primary care provider or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000. People with moderate, worsening (but non-severe) symptoms may be referred to the assessment centre. The decision to test will be based on Ministry of Health guidelines. For details about the Assessment Centre, visit www.wdmh.on.ca/assessmentcentre.

Winchester Assessment Centre – Press Release

Winchester Assessment Centre – Fact Sheet

Cornwall Assessment Centre

Cornwall Assessment Centre – Press Release

For Businesses

On September 25, 2020 the Province of Ontario implemented new public health measures which will require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19. To read the COVID-19 Screen Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) please click here.

We understand that businesses are facing an unprecedented and uncertain time. The Municipality is working to develop a plan to help our businesses navigate the Pandemic. For financial program opportunities, best practices and the latest resources, click here. 

For Residents

Who to call?

  • Eastern Ontario Health Unit
    1-800-267-7120 (8:00 am-8:00 pm)
  • Telehealth Ontario
    1-866-797-0000 (24-Hour)
  • Emergencies
    9-1-1
  • ConnexOntario (Mental Health Support)
    1-866-531-2600 (24-Hour)
  • South Dundas Municipal Office
    613-543-2673 (8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday to Friday)
  • J.W. MacIntosh Community Support Services (Seniors)
    613-535-2924
  • MP Eric Duncan 
    1-888-805-2513

For Seniors

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape, Champlain Community Support Network has put together a dedicated website where seniors can request community support services that are currently available in our region.   The online referral site is: https://communitysupport.covidresponse.ca/

The site is available in both English and French and focuses on four key services:

  • Grocery and pharmacy delivery
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Telephone safety checks
  • Meals on Wheels

Services can be requested by residents as well as service providers.  Individuals will complete a simple online request form indicating the needed services and their location. Requests for service will then be routed to the appropriate Community Support agency based on the location of the client. Seniors and adults with disabilities in South Dundas will be referred to J. W. MacIntosh Community Support Services.

Taxes

Please note mail delivery of property tax bills will be slightly delayed as postal service is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Property tax payment deadlines have been postponed by the Municipality for 2020 to accommodate residents. First instalment property tax payments are due August 31, 2020 and second instalment property tax payments are due October 30, 2020.

Municipal Office

While the Municipal Office is closed to the public, you can still access our services. For questions or concerns, call or email the office at 613-543-2673 or mail@southdundas.com.
Extra garbage bags
To purchase additional blue bags for curb-side pick-up, please visit Laura’s ValuMart, Morrisburg; Mustard’s Variety, Iroquois; or the Brinston General Store, Brinston.
Burn Permits
Open-Air Burn Permit applications can be downloaded from the website. Completed applications should be delivered to the Municipal Centre lobby dropbox. Cash or cheques can be included, or payments will be added to your tax account. Permit approvals will be sent via mail or email.
Dog Tags
Dog Tag request forms can be downloaded from the website. Completed forms should be delivered to the Municipal Centre lobby dropbox. Cash or cheques can be included, or payments will be added to your tax account. Tags will then be sent via mail.

MP Eric Duncan’s satellite office in Morrisburg will be closed until further notice. To contact the MP please call 1-888-805-2513.

Matilda Landfill & Waste Collection

The Municipality of South Dundas will not be increasing the curbside pick-up bag limit beyond two bags per week. Additional bags may be purchased at The Pizza Castle Morrisburg, Mustards Convenience Store in Iroquois, Brinston General Store in Brinston for $1.25.

In order to promote diversion efforts, the Municipality encourages residents to take this time to commit to recycling and composting efforts. The South Dundas Recycle Coach app provides useful information to identify recyclable materials and proper procedures. Additionally, the Morrisburg Compost Site remains open for public use. In order to protect staff the Iroquois Compost Site remains closed at this time. The Matilda Landfill is open. Strict safety procedures will be followed. Staff ask that the community only use the landfill when absolutely necessary to reduce the amount of users at the landfill at one time.

There will not be a free residential waste voucher this year as the Landfill is approaching capacity. Instead, the Municipality will focus on diversion efforts for recycling and composting.

Unable to work?

Unable to work due to the COVID-19 Pandemic? The federal government has the Canada Emergency Response Benefit if you have lost income because of COVID-19. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide you with temporary income support. The CERB will provide you with $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Building Permits

As part of the Provincewide lockdown and stay-at-home order issued in January 2021, many construction projects have been impacted. Click here to read the full construction guidelines under O.Reg. 10/21 Section 43. For those working on residential projects, permitted construction includes:

  1. Construction activities or projects and related services, including land surveying and demolition services, that,
  1. are related to residential construction projects where,
    1. a building permit has been granted for a single family, semi-detached and townhomes,
    2. the project is a condominium, mixed-use or other residential building, or
    3. the project involves renovations to residential properties and construction work that was started before January 12, 2021;

Please contact the building department to determine if a building permit is required for the work if one has not been issued. Or for more information on obtaining a building permit, please follow the link here.

2020 Assessments Postponed
The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property.