On March 19, Madawaska Valley issued the following message from Mayor Kim Love:
Dear Madawaska Valley residents, businesses and community,
Yesterday, the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed that a third student at Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) has tested positive for COVID-19. This makes three positive cases among MVDHS students over the last five days. All students and staff who came in close contact with these students have been directed to self-isolate and get tested. Unfortunately it was a non-essential social gathering where some students didn’t follow all the guidelines of Public Health that has put our community in jeopardy. Just because you can do something, doesn’t make it a good idea.
Community spread of COVID-19 between students affects us all. Students are part-time employees at grocery stores, the pharmacy, gas stations and many other local businesses. They are woven into the fabric of many essential services in our community. Businesses are following the guidelines of RCDHU and doing everything possible to keep their employees and customers safe. They need their employees to support those actions, both on and off the job.
COVID-19 is still a killer. It can also leave behind serious, long-lasting health problems. No one wants to be responsible for spreading COVID-19 at work, or for bringing it home to infect their grandparents, family and friends. Parents need to make sure their children understand this and are following all the guidelines of Public Health. Please talk to your kids about the dangers of contracting and spreading this virus. RCDHU has resources available on their website to help. If RCDHU calls you about a possible exposure, please cooperate and let them know all your contacts. Help stop community spread. It will save lives.
Mayor Kim Love, Township of Madawaska Valley(2021,Mar.19) 2021 03 19 MV Press Release [media release]
Also available on the Township of Madawaska Valley YouTube Channel