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Community Advisory – COVID-19 Update #37 – Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, November 20th, 2020 Update Report #37 – 2:56 PM.

The Town’s EOC Group met today at 2:30 PM local time on a virtual online platform with Health Zone 2 Municipal Officials, Department of Health Medical Officer of Health and the Department of Local Government Officials. The Province has advised it has scheduled a press conference for a COVID-19 update for Health Zone 2 at 3:30 PM local time today.

Health Zone 2 – will move to the Orange Level at midnight tonight, November 20, 2020.

The Town’s EOC remains at a Level 1 Status –Enhanced Monitoring, unchanged.

The Town’s EOC Group has reduced its schedule of regular meetings utilizing a virtual platform to minimize close contact during the meetings.

This teleconference highlighted the following:

  • Our Health Zone is in a delicate state / situation described as in a combustive state, and the need of everyone’s active participation in all Public Health measures is needed now more than ever.
  • Evidence of extensive and rapid acceleration of cases that prompted consideration to place our Health Zone 2 in RED.
  • ORANGE Phase restrictions have been approved by the Provincial Cabinet Committee effective at midnight November 20, 2020.
  • Doubling of cases in a very short time in our Health Zone.
  • Outbreak in care facility that is concerning.
  • A number of health care professionals currently in isolation.
  • There has been evidence of public noncompliance with the required public health measures adopted by the Provincial Mandatory Order. Concern highlighted.
  • Evidence of noncompliance to supply correct contact information when asked. This interferes in accurate information to Public Health.

The Town has been asked to assist in public messaging:

  • Follow current public health guidelines. It is necessary that we all follow these simple measures to protect everyone’s health.
  • Take the necessary time to review the new requirements in the ORANGE Phase.
  • Stay home if you are sick, and do not assume it is just a simple cold.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Keep your numbers to a minimum to close contacts, in small groups, and be as consistent as possible.
  • Mandatory masking is critical to address our current ORANGE Phase.
  • Follow Health directives. Your help is needed now more than ever.

The Town will announce the following changes to upcoming events:

  • The Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Friday November 27th, 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The Town will reassess the scheduled Santa Claus parade prior to December 01, 2020.

Next EOC meeting is scheduled for 2:00 PM local time Wednesday November 25th, 2020. It is our intent, unless otherwise warranted, to provide the next Public Update report on Wednesday November 25th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

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