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COVID-19: What Is It?

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit’s website has a page dedicated to COVID-19 which outlines exactly what this virus is, symptoms to watch for and how it is spread.

What is Expected of Us?

As per the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit:

Because this virus spreads so easily – we all need to do our part to slow and reduce the spread so our healthcare system is not overloaded. This means:

  • Staying home as much as possible
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2m (6ft) away from people in public areas
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels
  • If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms (including fever) – please self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment.

As per the Province of Ontario:

Based on the best advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has issued an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people.  

This order does not apply to private households with five people or more. It also does not apply to  operating child care centres supporting frontline health care workers and first responders provided the number of persons at each centre does not exceed 50 people. Funerals are also permitted to proceed with up to 10 people at one time.

What Else Should You Know?


Ontario declared a provincial state of emergency on March 17, 2020 and issued orders to close non-essential workplaces, recreational programs, libraries, publicly funded schools, private schools, day cares, provincial parks, churches and other faith settings, as well as bars and restaurants, except those that may only offer takeout or delivery. Essential services, such as grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, public transit, manufacturing facilities, and supply chain companies remain open and operational.


On March 27, 2020, Mayor Doug Malanka declared a state of emergency in the Township of Augusta, under Section 4 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and remains effect until further notice.  Declaring an emergency is not an indication that the crisis has escalated in our community. It means that, as a Township, our priority is to be proactive and prepared. It will ensure that Augusta Township’s municipal government can continue to respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise from it in the weeks ahead.
We need residents who feel they are not at risk personally to recognize how serious (and potentially deadly) this pandemic can be to all, especially our elderly and those with a compromised immune system. The formal Declaration also provides the Township of Augusta with additional powers and tools to protect the health and safety of residents. It streamlines the decision-making process through the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group so they can act as quickly as possible when they need to.


While municipal staff are considered essential, Augusta Township Council announced that as of March 17, 2020, ALL Township buildings, including the municipal office in Maynard would be closed to the general public.  Staff are still available by phone (613-925-4231) or by email.


As per Provincial Orders, ALL of Augusta Township’s recreation facilities are CLOSED.  This includes, but is not limited to all ball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds and structures and the Rothesay dive site.



The Library will re-open to a modified version of service on May 25th. Residents will be unable to enter the library but they will be able to loan and collect materials. Residents must submit a request list through email (augusta@augustalibrary.com), Facebook messenger, or by phone (613-926-2449). Please make sure to include on the request list your name and phone number, as well as the title and author of any requested book. Returns will only be accepted through the return drop box during regular hours. No fines will be applied to materials loaned out before June 30th, so there is no need to rush to return items. Interlibrary loans, museum passes, and recreation equipment loans will not be available. Staff will be present in the library during regular hours.


The front doors to the Township office are unlocked for anyone wishing to access the drop box inside the lobby.  The box is clearly marked on the left hand side of the lobby on the brick wall.  Township staff check the box regularly.


AUGUSTA LAUNCHES COVID-19 ASSISTANCE HOTLINE  613-348-3455 ext. 222Augusta Township has set up a dedicated hotline to assist residents with finding the resources they need in our community for everything from grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. The number is set up through Fire Station #1 and residents are asked to leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.


Both the Maynard and North Augusta Transfer Stations will remain open their regular operating hours however there will be a limit of six (6) cars inside at a time.  As of May 30, 2020, the sites will once again be accepting construction/bulky fee-based materials.  There will be a limit of ONE load ONLY per household per day.  Normal fees will apply.  Cash only will be accepted.  We anticipate high traffic volumes and for the safety of everyone, children are to remain in the vehicle at all times, NO EXCEPTIONS.  Please follow attendants directions.  Abusive, harassing or threatening comments and/or behavior will NOT be tolerated – possible measures include temporary suspension, permanent suspension or possible Law Enforcement removal of individual(s) from Transfer Stations.

We thank residents and ask that they continue to be patient as we work with our Contractor to provide this service during these uncertain times.


Residents are reminded to follow our Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and property owners MUST obtain a free burn permit prior to any burning.  All Open-Air burning will be strictly enforced with zero tolerance for violations of the Open-Air Burning By-Law. Failure to comply could result in significant financial penalties. Every violation of the Burning By-Law 3160-2015 will result in a fine of $410.00. Should Augusta Fire Rescue be required to extinguish an open- air burn or a fire started by an open-air burn the fee is $485.00 per hour per fire apparatus on scene.

Although the Open-Air burn ban has been lifted, residents must continue to follow all Federal and Provincial Government COVID-19 Orders which include physical distancing and no gatherings of more than 5 people.  Reminder that failure to comply with Open Burning regulations could result in reinstating the burn ban.  We thank all residents for their patience and understanding while abiding by the Burn Ban and continuing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 through our communities and Fire Service.  Please contact us with any questions: 613-348-3455 ext. 201 or ext. 202.


Interim tax bills were originally due March 30, 2020.  Council extended the interim tax bill payment deadline to April 30, 2020 to help residents with this closure. No interest was incurred during the extension period.

Latest Augusta Township Media Release #6

Wednesday May 13th, 2020
Township of Augusta – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(MAYNARD) The Township of Augusta held another meeting of the Municipal Emergency Control Group on Friday to review our COVID-19 action plan.

The Township of Augusta reminds residents that all public amenities and facilities are closed to the general public until further notice. Limerick Forest, Maitland Trails and Rothsay Dive Site are available for residents to walk around, however public washrooms, change rooms and other amenities will not be open.

Augusta Fire Rescue has lifted the Open-Air Burn Ban. Property owners MUST obtain a permit and call the Open Burning Hotline prior to burning. Residents are reminded that there will be zero tolerance for those not following Open Air Burning By-Law 3160-2015 and there can be significant financial fines. Burn Permits are available for FREE for property owners at: augusta.burnpermits.com. Please call 613-348-3455 ext. 202 for any assistance with receiving your burn permit.

The Township’s COVID-19 assistance hotline is active and available for residents. The number for the hotline is: 613-348-3455 ext. 222. The hotline allows residents to reach out for services in our community, including grocery delivery, senior assistance, mental health etc. Residents can leave a message and staff will return their call as soon as possible.

Waste Transfer Sites remain open, with a limit of 6-vehicles at a time. In line with Provincial orders cautiously reopening public spaces and businesses, along with resident and employee safety concerns, the bulky waste will remain closed at this time. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times. A 2metre (6feet) space must be observed between residents and attendants.

“I would like to THANK residents for their continued efforts in limiting gatherings to five (5) or less and helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19” said Mayor Doug Malanka. “The government is starting to slowly reopen our province and if residents can continue to follow the regulations in place, we will soon be able to return to a new normal. I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all those working the frontlines during these times, we are so grateful for your work”

We would like to remind our residents to only go out if necessary, to pick up groceries, prescriptions or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives. Protect yourself and others. Stay home.

Learn more: http://covid-19.ontario.ca
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Public Health: https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/
Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus–disease-covid-19.html

Updates will continue to be provided on the Township’s website and social media platforms.

Posted May 13, 2020


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Latest Ontario Government News Releases: Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed

May 19, 2020

Government unveils plans for reopening child care, day camps and initiatives to strengthen learning into the summer

TORONTO — The Ontario government is protecting the health and safety of students during the COVID-19 outbreak by keeping schools closed for the rest of this school year. This decision was made after consulting with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, health experts on the COVID-19 Command Table, and medical experts at The Hospital for Sick Children. At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.

Today’s announcement was made by Premier Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our kids in this province, bar none over anything,” said Premier Ford. “Today’s announcement gives parents certainty, knowing that their children can continue to learn safely at home and that we have a plan for child care as we work to gradually reopen more of our economy, when it is safe to do so.”

All students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.

Later this summer, the government will announce a plan to strengthen learning and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-21 school year. That plan will be bolstered by an enhanced province-wide virtual learning program that will allow all students to learn, regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months.

Private schools, licensed child care centres and EarlyON programs will also remain closed for the safety and protection of children, families and staff through Stage 1 of the Framework for Reopening the ProvinceEmergency child care will continue to operate and provide support for health care and other frontline workers. A gradual reopening of child care is expected to begin when the province is ready to transition to Stage 2 based on public health criteria, which will include robust safety protocols for the safety of Ontario’s youngest learners and their staff.

“We will never waver from our commitment to keep your child safe, while learning at home,” said Minister Lecce. “Our plan will ensure students receive the best educational experience, both inside and outside the classroom, during this difficult time. That is why we are strengthening summer learning opportunities, reopening summer day camps, and it is why we will continue to make the case for synchronous, live, and dynamic learning.”

Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, summer day camps, both indoor and outdoor, may be permitted in July and August of this year with strict health and safety guidelines to be developed in partnership with local public health, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and municipalities. Overnight camps will not be permitted to operate in the summer of 2020. 

The province also unveiled an expanded seven-point summer learning plan to ensure Ontario students have every opportunity to continue their learning through the summer months. Summer learning programs are being expanded to reach the most students in Ontario history, to ensure they remain on track to start the 2020-21 school year with the confidence and knowledge required to succeed.

To support at-home learning, the government is leveraging all tools, resources, technologies and services to assist school boards deliver equitable and effective learning through access to technology and Internet connectivity, especially for students in rural and remote parts of Ontario. To help improve access to remote learning, Ontario is partnering with 34 organizations and private businesses, along with school boards, to address key needs among educators, students and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario has worked to identify and make available low-cost, high-impact solutions that can significantly improve the Learn at Home experience now and into the future. Access to digital learning resources, supports for special education needs and mental health, as well as Internet connectivity and access to devices have all been identified by school boards and other stakeholders as urgent needs during the current school closure period. These organizations and businesses were identified through a call for proposals on the Ontario Together website between March 31, 2020 and April 21, 2020.


  • The Ontario government is transforming elementary and secondary education to create more fluency with digital learning and literacy, provide equitable access provincewide to high quality online courses, and improve teacher capacity to support remote learning.
  • On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Education unveiled the Learn at Home / Apprendre à la maison portal, which includes resources for families and students while schools remain closed. The portal has received 3.35 million views to date.
  • Nearly 25,000 teachers have taken the Ministry of Education professional development program on virtual and synchronous learning.
  • On May 9, 2020, the government introduced a plan to support child care operators during the emergency period so that spaces remain protected for parents as they return to the labour market.
  • Ontario is helping parents pay for the extra costs associated with school and child care closures during the COVID-19 outbreak through the Support for Families initiative, a one-time payment of $200 per child up to 12 years of age, and $250 for those with special needs, including children enrolled in private schools. To date, the province has supported approximately 1.23 million children and youth in Ontario.



“We know children belong at school with their peers for their physical and mental well-being. As I have discussed with Minister Lecce, taking the time to ensure the appropriate infection prevention and control measures are in place, along with thoughtful screening and testing protocols, is a prudent step forward as we work to facilitate a safe return to school in the fall.”
— Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO, The Hospital for Sick Children

Posted May 19, 2020

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders to Keep People Safe

May 19, 2020

Some Outdoor Recreational Amenities Reopening with Restrictions

TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force until May 29, 2020. That includes the closure of bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery only, restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women’s shelters. The government is also allowing drive-in religious gatherings.

Today, the province officially enters the first stage of its Framework for Reopening the Province. As part of this initial stage, the government is permitting the reopening of some outdoor recreational amenities, including outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, off-leash dog areas, and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas, effective as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, fitness equipment, public swimming pools, splash pads and similar outdoor water facilities will remain closed until later stages of the province’s reopening plan.

“Although we are entering the first stage of our framework to reopen the economy, it’s critical that we continue to do so in a safe and responsible manner,” said Premier Ford. “The people of Ontario have been doing a fantastic job to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of this terrible virus. With warmer weather beginning, individuals and families will now be able to enjoy many outdoor amenities, but everyone must continue to maintain physical distancing from those outside of their household.”

To ensure that individuals and families have safe access to outdoor spaces, it is critical they take everyday steps to reduce exposure to the virus, such as maintaining physical distancing by staying two metres apart from anyone outside of their household, washing hands regularly, and staying home if feeling unwell.

“It’s never been more important for people to continue following the public health measures and advice we’ve laid out, so we don’t undo the tremendous progress we’ve made to contain COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “While reopening parks and other outdoor spaces is important for our physical and mental health, we’re encouraging people to be responsible by keeping a safe distance of at least two metres from members outside of their household.”

In addition, the government has approved an exemption to the emergency order related to gatherings to allow Ontarians to attend drive-in religious gatherings, under certain conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The conditions include keeping vehicles two metres or more apart, only members of the same household can be in one vehicle, people will not be able to leave their vehicles, and no more than five people can conduct the service at one time from outside a motor vehicle and they must stay at least two metres apart.

“Our government recognizes the importance that Ontarians place on participating in religious services,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “We continue to take a measured approach to reopening our province and this exemption is another important step forward in that process.”

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has extended all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until May 29, 2020. The emergency orders include:

Extending these orders supports the government’s plan to cautiously and safely reopen businesses, services and amenities in a way that will enable the province to continue to protect the health and safety of Ontarians.


  • The Government of Ontario declared a provincial emergency on March 17, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This declaration of emergency was most recently extended on May 12, 2020 and is currently in effect until June 2, 2020.
  • Ontario is now allowing individuals to attend drive-in religious gatherings so long as they comply with the safeguards listed in the amendment to the emergency order.

Ontario is amending an emergency order to open some outdoor recreational amenities, including: outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields (including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and frisbee golf locations, tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, BMX parks, and skate parks); off-leash dog areas; and outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in park and recreational areas.


Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

Ontario Announces Independent Commission into Long-Term Care

May 19, 2020

Government commits to improving system following COVID-19 outbreak

TORONTO — Today, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care, issued the following statement in response to the impact of COVID-19 in Ontario’s long-term care homes: “Our government has been clear that we will review the long-term care system to get a better understanding of the impacts and responses to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Today, I am announcing that we will be launching an independent commission into Ontario’s long-term care system beginning in September.

Over the next several months, our government will be finalizing details of the commission including terms of reference, membership, leadership of the commission and reporting timelines.

We have been clear the long-term care system in Ontario is broken. We must act quickly and decisively, and that is why an independent non-partisan commission is the best way to conduct a thorough and expedited review.

As we all take steps to contain this pandemic, the Commission will get down to work and provide us with guidance on how to improve the long-term care system and better protect residents and staff from any future outbreaks.

Since day one of COVID-19, our top priority has been to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians. That includes the most vulnerable members of our society like residents in long-term care.

Our government offers our condolences to the families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 while residing in a long-term care home.

Ontarians need and deserve answers, and let me assure you, they will get them.”

Posted May 19, 2020


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Latest Media Release: Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

May 25, 2020

Province expands testing for COVID-19

Yesterday, a directive was sent to Ontario Assessment Centres to provide testing to support the early detection of individuals who have COVID-19. This type of testing will provide valuable information about the spread of the virus in different communities across the province and help in the protection of vulnerable populations and people in our area. The approach to testing will continue to evolve, based on evidence and the public health indicators that are being closely monitored.

Should you get tested?

The province is recommending that people come forward and get tested who meet the criteria below.

  1. All people with at least one symptom of COVID-19, even mild symptoms. Please see the list of symptoms on the assessment tool here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
  2. People who do not have symptoms but are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19. This includes people who are contacts of or may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case.
  3. People who do not have symptoms but feel they are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment, including essential workers (e.g., health care workers, grocery store employees, food processing plant employees).

No person who is symptomatic or who is concerned they have been exposed to COVID-19 will be declined a test at an assessment centre.

How to get tested?

The Ministry of Health will have a listing all of the assessment centres on the www.ontario.ca website for people to find assessment centres in any area. People no longer need to be referred to an assessment centre by Telehealth Ontario, Primary Care, or Public Health. Our Assessment Centres will likely experience increased volume as a result of this directive so there may be longer wait times to be tested.

  • Brockville: Open to walk-ins. People can come and get a test anytime Monday to Friday 10:00 – 5:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 2:30 pm
  • SF: By appointment only. Anyone can book their own appointment by calling 283-2330 ext. 1401 to schedule an appointment. The telephones are answered from Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Almonte: People do not need a referral but do need an appointment. Call 613-325-1208 to make an appointment. The hours are Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm

Getting your results

  • You can see your results on line at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.  You will need your Health Card number to access them.
  • You will also be contacted by the health care provider that did your test.
  • If you have not been contacted about your results within 7 days and do not have access to view your results online, please call the Health Unit 1-800-660-5853.
  • All positive tests will be followed up by public health.

What if you are have a positive test?

  • You will get guidance from the health care worker that contacts you with instructions on what to do if you had symptoms or not. If you are not hospitalized with COVID19,this includes self-isolation for 14 days from symptom onset with no fever and resolving symptoms.

What if you have a negative result?

  • If the test results say that you were negative at the time of the test, it is possible you have already been exposed to the virus and haven’t developed enough virus to test positive. You can also be exposed to this virus after the test was done. So please continue to monitor your health, watch for symptoms and get tested again if you experience symptoms.
  • Follow public health precautions:
    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Practice physical distancing – stay 2m (6ft) away from people in public areas.
    • Use a face covering/cloth mask if you cannot stay 2m (6ft) away from people when out in public
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
    • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels

The Health Unit has staff answering COVID-19 related questions and concerns for the public from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day at 1-800-660-5853 extension 2499. Public Health Inspectors are also available to discuss environmental health concerns. You can also get more information about COVID-19 by visiting www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or by connecting with LGLHealthUnit on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted May 26, 2020


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Latest United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Media Release

May 25, 2020

Leeds Grenville Municipal Emergency Control Group updates

The highlights of the Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) held today are listed below. The group hears reports from the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, area police and fire officials and Counties departments, including Community and Social Services, Paramedic Service, Public Works, Finance and Maple View Lodge long-term care facility.

Counties Council will discuss continuation of emergency declaration:

Warden Pat Sayeau announced a discussion regarding whether the counties-wide Declaration of Emergency should be continued or lifted will take place at the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for June 9th.

Warden Sayeau initially declared a State of Emergency for Leeds and Grenville on Wednesday, April 8th.

The Warden commended Counties staff for ensuring service delivery throughout the past 10 weeks since the Ontario government announced its COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency on March 17th. He noted staff have adapted to new working procedures to ensure their safety while continuing to provide regular and critical services to Leeds and Grenville residents.

No new tri-county COVID-19 community cases identified in the past week:

Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, confirmed there have been no new community cases of COVID-19 identified in the region over the past week.

Dr. Stewart also noted the province is now encouraging more testing, including testing of those who may be asymptomatic. Additional testing will give a better sense of how many community cases there are, she said.

Emergency childcare centres operating well:

Four Emergency Child Care sites for essential workers continue to operate in Kemptville and Brockville. There is a small waiting list for Brockville.

Child care rooms are limited to six children each to maintain required distancing guidelines. The application form for essential workers is available on the Counties Community and Social Services webpage.

The Temporary Social Distancing Centre is slowly winding down its operations. Alternative housing is being arranged for those in need.

Reminder for residents to follow safe burning practices:

Leeds and Grenville residents are permitted to burn according to local guidelines and restrictions within their municipalities. The Leeds Grenville Fire Coordinator asks residents to burn safely. Learn more on the province’s Safe Burning webpage.

Provincial Online Assessment tool

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, check the Ontario Online Self-Assessment tool. Symptoms have changed over time and now include a runny nose and fatigue. Online Self-Assessment tool.

MECG’s next meeting: The next Municipal Emergency Control Group will be at the call of the chair.

Learn more on the Counties COVID-19 Information webpage. Subscribe to a Special COVID-19 Business Support webpage.

Posted May 25, 2020


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