COVID-19 Updates for Lennox & Addington County
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March 26, 2020 - Lennox & Addington County Declares State of Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
At 1:00 pm on March 26, 2020 Warden Marg Isbester declared a State of Emergency for the County of Lennox and Addington. This declaration implements the emergency plan of the municipality and will help protect the health, safety, well-being and property of residents. “During this difficult time, we are asking everyone in the community to take physical distancing seriously, especially around vulnerable populations” stated Warden Isbester. “And please, please stay at home to reduce the likelihood of further transmission.”
With evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in the KFL&A region, it has been determined an emergency exists within the County that places residents at risk. “We must act now to address this serious public health threat.” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health.
The County has been proactive in its response to COVID-19 and will continue to take action to help contain the spread of this virus.
For the full press release visit: www.lennox-addington.on.ca/covid-19/State-Of-Emergency
For State of Emergency FAQs visit: www.lennox-addington.on.ca/covid-19/state-of-emergency-faqs
March 25, 2020 - Medical Supplies Request
In order to be proactive, the County is asking our businesses to contact us if they have any of the medical supplies available. By providing these supplies you are helping our communities front-line slow the spread of COVID-19. We thank everyone for their efforts in these times and we are grateful for our strong community support. [view the request form]
March 24, 2020 - List of Essential Workplaces
On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Province of Ontario released a list of Essential Workplaces as it relates to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein. [view the full list of essential workplaces]
March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Preparedness at LACGH
The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving and information is changing quickly as more is known about this virus. These are stressful times for many and it is important to remember that we are all in this together and together we will get through.
The importance of physical distancing, strict self-isolation, when required, and hand hygiene cannot be emphasized enough. Our health care system is preparing and everyone in the community has a role to play and responsibility in slowing the spread of this virus.
At LACGH we are organizing our Emergency Department to ensure our community has access to emergency care and appropriate assessment, screening, testing and treatment for COVID-19 infection. We all need to make the best use of limited resources such as testing materials and personal protective equipment. [read more]
March 23, 2020 - Support for L&A Businesses
The Lennox & Addington Economic Development Team is available to provide support to local businesses during this very challenging time. Business Coaches are here to help through phone, email, and video conferencing on any questions you may have with regards to financial support, staffing or diversifying.
We can assist you to navigate through the announcements made by government and provide more information as it comes up, even with it changing so rapidly. We are here to help you succeed, under any circumstance. You are not alone and we are available to help at any time. [read more]
March 22, 2020 - A Message for Families
As a reminder, social distancing is just as important for your children and teens as it is for you. It is essential that as a community we maintain controlled environments to stop the spread of COVID-19. The best way to stop the spread is by self-isolating. This includes avoiding playgrounds, group gatherings, skate parks, and other social settings.
We understand that this may not be easy and to help you explain what physical distancing is to your children or to help you find creative ways to practice social distancing, please click here.
March 22, 2020 - List of Restaurants Offering Takeout/Delivery
Lennox & Addington Economic Development has compiled a list of local restaurants that are continuing to serve their customers with to-go menus and/or delivery options. Some even offer curb-side pickup so you don’t have to go in. Call first for their pick-up hours, or any restrictions, and keep supporting your local businesses during this very challenging time. [view the list]
March 18, 2020 - Economic Development Support
Our Economic Development team is available to provide support to our local businesses during this very challenging time. Business Coaches are here to help through phone, email, and video conferencing on any questions you may have with regards to financial support, staffing or diversifying.
We can assist you navigate the announcements made by government and provide more information as it comes up, even with it changing so rapidly. We are here to help you succeed, under any circumstance.
Please get in touch with us by visiting https://www.lennox-addington.on.ca/business/get-in-touch
You can also follow our Facebook page for further updates: https://www.facebook.com/naturallylennoxaddington/
To view a list of resources for local businesses affected by the current pandemic go to: Resources for Businesses
We will continually update as we receive information on programs and resources.
March 17, 2020 - County Closures
The County of Lennox and Addington is continuing to be proactive in its response to the constantly changing situation related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The safety and well-being of all our residents, visitors and staff is our number one priority. As a result, the County of Lennox and Addington is taking the following actions immediately:
- The County Courthouse, 97 Thomas Street East, Napanee, will be closed to the general public until further notice. A drop box will be available for paper deliveries and payments at the rear entrance of the building. Services at the Courthouse are available by telephone. To access County services call 613-354-4883 or Provincial Offences at 613-354-1672.
- Prince Edward-Lennox and Addington Social Services (PELASS) offices in Amherstview, Napanee, Northbrook and Picton will be closed to the public until further notice. Services at these locations will be available by telephone and digitally. To access Ontario Works Assistance, Children’s Services, Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing and Other Emergency Supports, please contact the office at 613-354-0957 or 1-866-354-0957 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
- All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, September 11, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court.
- Non-essential visitors will not be permitted into The John M Parrott Centre per Ministry Directive.
- County Libraries and County Museum and Archives remain closed.
We thank all our residents and visitors for remaining patient as we work together to slow down the outbreak of COVID-19. Residents and visitors are reminded to practice social distancing as much as possible. It is recommended that a minimum of two metres be kept to prevent the spread of the virus.
For ongoing COVID-19 updates and ways to best protect you and your family visit: https://www.kflaph.ca/en/index.aspx.
March 16, 2020 - County Minimizes Social Contact for Staff
The health and well-being of Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Social Services (PELASS) clients and staff is our priority. As a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 virus and the recommendations to minimize close contact with others, we are asking that you contact the office by telephone for all non-urgent matters.
Ontario Works Assistance, Child Care Subsidy, Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing Services and other supports will continue to be delivered. Staff are available by telephone at 613-354-0957 or 1-866-354-0957 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
March 15, 2020 - Provincial Offences Matters to be Rescheduled
All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, July 3, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court.
A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court. For more information, please contact your local Provincial Offences court.
Contact information for all municipal courts is available here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/
In addition, please be advised that the Chief Justice has made an order pursuant to s. 85 extending certain timelines for the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act until April 23, 2020.
The following timelines have been extended:
Sections 5(6), 5.1(b), 5.1(12), 9(1)(a), 11(1), 11(4), 17.1(6.1), 18(1), 18.1(5), 18.2(1), 18.3(1), 19, 66(1), 69(1), 116(2)(a), 116(3) and 135(2) of the Provincial Offences Act, and sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Rules of the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) in Appeals Under Section 116 of the Provincial Offences Act, O. Reg. 723/94.
A copy of the order is available on the Ontario Court of Justice website. It will also be available at all POA court offices as soon as practicable.
March 14, 2020 - Non-Essential Visitors not Permitted at JMPC
Effective immediately non-essential visitors will not be permitted into The John M Parrott Centre per Ministry Directive issued early this morning. The health of our vulnerable population is of paramount importance as we stay abreast of the continuing flow of information and directives. We appreciate your support and encourage you to keep in contact with your loved one via phone where possible.
March 13, 2020 – County Activates Emergency Operations Centre
In light of the growing concerns related to the COVID 19 outbreak, and the impact it is already having on peoples lives, businesses and the economy elsewhere in Canada and around the world, we have made the decision to proactively activate our Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in an enhanced monitoring capacity. By taking this action, the County will be in a better position to rapidly respond to the constantly changing situation related to the COVID 19 outbreak, and also to better coordinate with our 4 lower tier municipalities, allied partners, and the province to provide collaborative and standardized communication and response when and if the need arises. Additionally, although COVID 19 is a main priority right now, so too are the day-to-day operations that you rely on. We are committed to your safety, and to continuing to provide the service you have come to expect.
We also want to assure you that taking this action does not mean that there has been any greater threat to public safety identified, it is being done for the sole purpose of positioning our team in the most favourable place to ensure that essential services are maintained and that you the public are well informed and impacted to the lowest degree possible by any future changes.
Given our vulnerable sector at The John M Parrott Centre we strongly discourage excess visiting at the Home. We would appreciate that children no longer in school, due to the COVID 19, not be brought into the Home to visit. The health of our residents is of paramount importance and we appreciate your support in protecting them. Additionally, all County Libraries and Museums are closed as of today until further notice.
Please continue to check our website and social media for further updates.