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COVID-19 Update

What is Social/Physical Distancing?

Social Distancing or Physical Distancing means staying at home as much as possible, and avoid non-essential trips in the community. When in public it means keeps a minimum of six feet between yourself and other people.

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 Ontario.ca for more guidelines.

Thanksgiving, Halloween and Remembrance Day

Thanksgiving Gatherings

  •  Do not exceed the gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  •  Have the fewest number of people possible at your gathering
  •  Use outdoor spaces whenever possible
  •  Provide all the necessary supplies, including hand sanitizer, soap and water
  •  Open windows, if possible
  •  Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  •  Ask guests not to attend if they have symptoms, even if they are mild
  •  Make a list of guests attending in case your local public health unit needs it for contact tracing
  •  Remind people of public health advice to follow during the event
  •  Wash your hands before and frequently when preparing and serving food
  •  Have everyone wash their hands before and after eating
  •  Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease or exposure to COVID-19

Remembrance Day Events

  •  Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  •  Wear a face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained or is required
  •  Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  •  Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19

Halloween

  •  Stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  •  Trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible
  •  Be creative and build the face covering into your costume. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  •  Do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time
  •  Do not sing or shout for your treats
  •  Keep interactions brief with those giving out treats
  •  Use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats
  •  There is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats

If you choose to give out treats:

  • Do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  •  Keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you
  •  Consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  •  Consider including the face covering as part of your costume if you are dressing up
  •  Give out only purchased and packaged treats
  •  Do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats
  •  Clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or with hand sanitizer

Vaccinations

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is pleased to announce that starting May 18, 2021, individuals who are aged 18 or older in 2021 (born in 2003 or earlier) can book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. For the full list of individuals who are eligible to book an appointment for the vaccine, please visit www.eohu.ca/register.

All individuals who are eligible to book a vaccine appointment are encouraged to do so by consulting our website to determine how they can book their appointment. In some cases, there are multiple options for booking an appointment. Booking is also available directly through the provincial booking system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Appointments can be made by an individual or with the help of someone. If you know someone who is part of an eligible group, please encourage them to get vaccinated. Those needing assistance with booking or getting to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment should visit our website to access local supports.

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

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.

Municipal Services

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. Cash or cheques can be included, or payments will be added to your tax account. Permit approvals will be sent via mail or email.
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