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Now orange-restrict zone

publisher Nov 13, 2020 - 9:09pm

The Eastern Ontario Heath Unit region is now "Orange restrict" under the Ontario government's COVID-19 response framework, after being labelled "Yellow-protect" last week.

The designation, meaning that stricter measures will be implemented in our region, was changed despite a decrease in active cases in the EOHU jurisdiction.

"These adjustments are necessary to respond to the latest evidence we're seeing and we are prepared to make further adjustments as the health experts continue to review the current public health restrictions. We must do whatever it takes to stop our hospitals from being overwhelmed and protect our most vulnerable," said Premier Doug Ford.

The latest modelling shows that if the number of new cases continues to grow at its current rate, the province could register up to 6,500 new cases per day by mid-December. Within the next two weeks the province will likely exceed its intensive care threshold of 150 beds, under any potential scenario.

The framework changes are in response to the current data and trends, and will lower the threshold for each of the five levels for: weekly incidence rates, positivity rate, effective reproductive number (Rt), outbreak trends and the level of community transmission.

Here is a summary of guidelines for the Orange zone.

General public health measures (gatherings, workplace requirements and face coverings)

  • Events and social gatherings
    • 10 people indoors
    • 25 people outdoors
  • Organized public events and gatherings:
    • 50 people indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Religious services, weddings and funerals:
    • 30% capacity indoors
    • 100 people outdoors
  • Requirement for workplace screening
  • Face coverings required in:
  • Where patrons without face coverings are within two metres of workers, workers must use additional protections such as eye protection
  • Workplaces must develop and implement a communication/public education plan (highlighting risk)
  • Physical distancing must be maintained
  • Non-essential travel from areas of high-transmission to areas of low transmission should be avoided

 

 

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Downward trend

publisher Nov 13, 2020 - 2:12pm

There are some encouraging numbers on the COVID-19 front.

The number of active cases in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit dropped by 17, to 152, between Thursday and Friday.

There are now 15 active cases in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, a drop of two cases since yesterday.

Cornwall has 54, six less than Thursday, while Prescott-Russell has 74, nine less than yesterday, and the northern portion of Akwesasne has nine cases, unchanged from Thursday.

 

2 injured after buggy struck

publisher Nov 5, 2020 - 9:19am

Two people were seriously injured, and a horse killed, when a truck struck a horse-pulled buggy on Fairview Driver in Avonmore shortly after 4 p.m. November 4.

A passenger vehicle was travelling westbound on Fairview Drive when, for reasons under investigation, struck a buggy being pulled by two horses.

Two passengers on the buggy were taken to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The two horses suffered serious injuries in the collision; one has died, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

 

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Multiple accidents on 401 -- road now open

publisher Nov 3, 2020 - 1:12pm

The westbound 401 near Summerstown is now open.

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers are investigating  a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401, between Summerstown and McConnell Avenue exit, in South Glengarry Township.

Shortly before 6 a.m., multiple tractor trailers left the roadway and entered the median westbound on Highway 401. Two passenger vehicles also left the roadway in the same area.  

There are no reported injuries.

SD&G OPP, assisted by local tow companies continue to process the scene to remove vehicles.

Highway 401 is closed to westbound traffic with indicated detours in place. Re-opening time unknown.

9 deaths at Prescott-Russell Residence

publisher Nov 2, 2020 - 2:47pm

The number of people at the Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury to die from COVID-19 has increased to nine.

There were at last report, 72 active cases, including 45 residents and 27 employees.

To date, 21 people in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit have died due to the coronavirus.

There are currently 203 active cases in the region; eight patients are hospitalized; two are in intensive care.

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Board slammed by unions

publisher Oct 28, 2020 - 3:14pm

The Upper Canada District School Board has been harshly criticized by leaders of three unions for its school reopening plan which, the unions say, “prioritizes money” over health.

Here is an open letter sent to trustees by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation.

“On behalf of all ETFO, CUPE, and OSSTF employees of the UCDSB, we formally request that the UCDSB recognize the overwhelming negative effects of their Reopening Plan on the 27,000 students and over 4300 employees.

This pyramid-like reopening plan leaves students and employees at the bottom of the pyramid, shouldering the weight of an educational design that prioritizes money over the best interests of the education and the health and wellness of all. UCDSB’s plan violates the quality of education promised by the Minister of Education.

The problems at the core of the implementation include:

• Disregard of employee professional opinions

• Lack of regard of the increasing destruction of student and staff mental and physical health

• Disregard of significant health and safety obligations and the impact on both students and staff

• Violation of collective agreements

• Failure to continually and actively advocate publicly for the resources required to ensure a successful reopening

UCDSB trustees and senior administration must acknowledge the inadequacies of the Reopening Plan and work with the unions that collectively represent more than 4,300 voices in this school board. These voices know their students, know their professional responsibilities, and know what needs to be done to repair education in this board, even within the restraints of the pandemic. We believe that collaboratively, we can continue to provide the educational needs of all students. We insist that these discussions happen and that improvements be implemented.”

Public meeting notice

publisher Oct 28, 2020 - 9:47am

NOTICE OF COUNCIL MEETING REGARDING DRAFT CLEAR CUTTING BY-LAW

The Planning Department of the Township of North Glengarry is hosting a Council Meeting regarding the DRAFT Clear Cutting By-law.

The public is invited to attend the Council Meeting on: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at 1 PM.

The meeting will be held at the Glengarry Sports Palace, upstairs, located at: 170 McDonald Blvd, Alexandria.

Please note that capacity will be capped to the gathering limits prescribed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at the time of the meeting.

A copy of the by-law can be accessed online at https://www.northglengarry.ca/.../draft-clear-cutting-by...

Please pre-register your attendance for the meeting by emailing planner@northglengarry.ca. Attendance will be for viewing purposes only.

Building, By-law and Planning Department

Corporation of the Township of North Glengarry

90 Main Street South

Alexandria, Ontario KOC lA0

Tel: 613-525-1116

Fax: 613-525-1649

5 deaths

publisher Oct 27, 2020 - 1:00pm

Five deaths caused by COVID-19 have been reported at the Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

There are now 64 active cases, including 36 residents, at the facility that administered by the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.

Of the 112 cases to date, 43 cases have been resolved.

Meanwhile, two students at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in South Glengarry have tested positive for the virus.

 

Limits, no closures

publisher Oct 23, 2020 - 3:23pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will likely impose new restrictions on bars and restaurants next week in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The numbers from last week indicated that seven-day case rates in the region served by the EOHU were among the top five health units in Ontario, Chief Medical Office of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis writes in an October 22 e-mail to local municipalities.

“Our initial indicators and data suggested that if the numbers continued to rise, the government would put the EOHU region into Modified Stage 2, along with Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York. However I have heard from a lot of municipalities and businesses that going into modified Stage 3 (closing restaurants and gyms, etc.) would be devastating to our community.”

Dr. Roumeliotis had earlier told a press briefing that the regulations for bars and restaurants would be the same as they are in Ottawa. “After reviewing the data and looking at very recent trends, I have recommended to the cabinet through the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams (who supports my recommendation), other steps to avoid going into Modified Stage 2,” Dr. Roumeliotis writes.

“Although overall our numbers are high, they are really driven by Prescott-Russell/Ottawa connection and the large number of LTC positives in Residence Prescott-Russell, overall we are now in a moderate zone of transmission.”

“I believe this approach that will avoid closures is the best at this time. Of course if we see numbers increasing or outbreaks occurring, we will reassess,” Dr. Roumeliotis says in his e-mail.

Fatal crash

publisher Oct 23, 2020 - 9:44am

 A 19-year-old Alberta man was killed in a single vehicle accident Thursday night on County Road 15 at Duffs Corner Road in North Stormont.

The crash occurred when a southbound vehicle left the roadway and struck a home.

There were no injuries to anyone in the home.

The driver, from Redcliff, Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which is being investigated by the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

County Road 15 between County Road 43 and Rush City Road, was closed for several hours, but has since re-opened. 

14 deaths

publisher Oct 22, 2020 - 8:13am

A woman in her 80s at The Palace retirement home in Alexandria has died from COVID-19, bringing to 14 the number of lives lost to the virus in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

Twelve of the deaths occurred at a long-term facility in Plantagenet, while one resident at The Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

There are now 150 active cases in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell. This number includes 13 in South Glengarry and 12 in North Glengarry.