Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency until May 12

Citing the need for sustained measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health, a media release just in from the Ontario Newsroom confirms that Ontario is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act for a further 28 days. All parties supported …

Ontario enhances testing strategy

The Ontario government is expanding and enhancing testing for COVID-19. In addition to the ongoing testing of the general public at any of the 100 assessment centres now established across the province, several priority groups will be proactively tested, including: Hospital inpatients; Residents of long-term care and retirement homes; Health …

OPP enforcing short-term restrictions imposed to combat spread of virus

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) encourages businesses and individuals to voluntarily comply with the short-term restrictions introduced by the federal and provincial governments to combat the spread of COVID-19. While education, awareness and compliance are preferred options, officers will apply discretion to lay charges under the provincial Emergency Management and …

Mayor’s message to residents of Madawaska Valley

As a public service to our readers, The Current publishes the following message which appeared today on Madawaska Valley Township’s website.   Dear Madawaska Valley residents, businesses and community, Last week the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed the first laboratory-tested positive case of COVID-19 in a Renfrew …

County of Renfrew declares state of emergency

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, County of Renfrew declared a state of emergency on March 30, 2020 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The media release states as follows: At 2 p.m. today, Warden Debbie Robinson declared a state of emergency due to the global COVID-19 pandemic …

Palmer Rapids broomball tournament ends with COVID-19 case

The Palmer Rapids Broomball league held its season-ending playoff tournament on March 15 in the Palmer Rapids arena. It featured the four teams that had competed in the league throughout the season. With players, fans and volunteers in the building, approximately 100 people were gathered at the arena. An individual …

Ontario prohibits gatherings of more than five people

Following last night’s cabinet meeting, the Ontario government has issued a new emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to prohibit organized public events and social gatherings of more than five people, effective immediately. The media release states as follows: Today, the Ontario government is taking immediate …

In response to pandemic County launches Virtual Triage Unit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) has launched today to strengthen access to primary care for all Renfrew County residents. The RC VTAC is a collaboration between Renfrew County Primary Care teams, the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, Renfrew County …

Renfrew County sees first COVID-19 case

This evening, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) released a statement that the first positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been identified in the region. A woman in her 90s developed symptoms and was tested by Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH) on March 23, 2020. She is currently …

Stop the spread helpline for businesses

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses …