LANARK COUNTY – COVID-19 cases have been slim to none this summer in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area the local health unit reports.
“There has been a low number of people living in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark who have become infected with COVID-19 for June, July and August, and none in the past five weeks,” Carleton Place chief administrative officer Diane Smithson released in a statement yesterday (Aug. 19). “This is a direct result of people, businesses and services following the public health precautions. It is important not to be complacent. People are still being infected in Ottawa and other parts of Ontario and Canada where we may visit. Also, the virus may still be in our community, either with individuals who are asymptomatic, or with individuals who have very mild symptoms and have decided not to go for testing.”
Carleton Place officials are strongly encouraging anyone with one of the many possible COVID-19 symptoms to go for testing at one of the assessment centres in Brockville, Smiths Falls or Almonte.
“Preventing COVID-19 infection in the broader community is key to keeping schools safer,” Smithson said. “It is very important for everyone to continue to be COVID smart:”
- S – Self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Consider getting tested.
- M – Wear a mask/cloth face covering when in enclosed public spaces, and when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors.
- A – Avoid touching your face.
- R – Remain two metres/six feet apart from people you do not live with and people not in your social circle.
- T – Take time for regular hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
Face covering mask instruction
Operators and the community have responded very well to the medical officer of health instruction on face coverings/mask use in enclosed public spaces.
“Initially we had many people call about the exemptions and whether they needed a doctor/or an exemption card,” Smithson said. “The answer was no, and our impression is that people who have a medical reason to not wear a face covering/mask are visiting stores at non-peak times or using curb pick up or delivery to protect others. Later on, we received complaints from people that a business wasn’t complying with the Instruction.”
Each one was contacted, and the Instruction clarified. The community is now familiar with the required face covering/mask Instruction, and this will help as students have to wear face covering/masks in school from Grade 4 and up and also recommend for younger students.
“We are working with our partners on influenza immunization plans for the fall,” Smithson said. “The vaccine usually arrives in October. Influenza vaccine provides good protection against infection, particularly important for anyone with a chronic illness.”
Stage Three openings
“Work continues with our many services and businesses to adapt to the provincial Stage Three Guidelines,” Smithson said. “We respond to about 50 calls each day for assistance. Our municipalities have been great partners as we navigate these new waters together.”