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.
Find the latest news from South Dundas regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic at the links below.
South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds provides regular updates to the COVID-19 situation. Read his statements at the links below.
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.
Cornwall Assessment Centre
Who to call?
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:
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.
The first instalment of interim taxation is extended until April 30, 2020. Installment pre-authorized payments scheduled to be withdrawn on the due date, will now be withdrawn on April 30, 2020. Monthly pre-authorized payments will be withdrawn as scheduled.
The South Dundas Municipal office will be closed effective April 6, 2020. Staff will still be available through phone and email communications. To make a tax payment, please use online banking or mail a cheque with the tax stub included. No new building permits, burn permits or dog tags will be granted at this time. 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.
Public Regulations for COVID-19
By Provincial order, all outdoor municipal areas, parks and playgrounds are closed. Municipal By-Law Officers will patrol South Dundas and enforce Provincial regulations regarding COVID-19. The By-Law Officers will monitor and respond to call regarding: People congregating in parks, using park amenities or equipment; Non-essential retail businesses continuing to operate; Restaurant keeping their dining room open; and Gatherings of more than five people in public or in private residences (excluding households of more than five people).
As part of the Provincial opening stage one, all construction will be permitted granted that proper safety and social distancing procedures are followed. 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.
What Business are Open?
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 information, read the document below.COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
On March 23, 2020, the Provincial government announced a $200-million investment in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Please submit an application by Friday, April 17 if you are a community partner, organization, non-profit agency, or support the most vulnerable in our community, and you are providing new or enhanced support or service(s) for vulnerable persons in Cornwall and S.D. & G. with respect to homelessness, shelter, food security, seniors, youth, etc. as a result of COVID-19.
Funds are limited and as such, amounts requested may be approved in whole, in part, or not at all. Applications will be reviewed on a priority basis. Find the application form here.