Renfrew and area summary lists 23 COVID-19 cases

On May 19 Renfrew County and District Health Unit released an updated COVID-19 Case Summary. The death toll in the area remains at just one, but the number of confirmed cases has now increased to 23. This is up four cases from 5 p.m. Friday as the long weekend began. …

Renfrew County residents urged to wear masks

A press release received this morning from the Renfrew County & District Health Unit (RCDHU) recommends that residents of Renfrew County wear face masks where physical distancing is not possible. As RCDHU thanks all residents for their continued efforts in keeping our community safe in the fight against COVID-19, Dr. …

Emergency extended to June 2 as province gradually reopens economy

As stated in a press release received May 12: The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This additional time will ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities …

Ontario significantly increases COVID-19 lab testing daily

This afternoon the province announced that it has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes, and other congregate settings. In partnership with Ontario Health, Public Health …

Renfrew County announcements

Recent announcements of significance from County of Renfrew. Warden Robinson applauds MPP Yakabuski’s intervention on behalf of paramedics Renfrew County Warden Debbie Robinson in her address on April 29 said, “MPP Yakabuski has been influential in ensuring our voice is heard and has personally taken our issues to Ministers Elliott …

COVID-19 news round-up

Some significant announcements came from the province last week. Certain businesses may re-open on Monday On May 1st, the Ontario government announced it is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted …

Province announces guidelines to reopen the economy

Today Ontario released A Framework for Reopening our Province. It outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The …

Ontario keeps schools closed to May 31

In a news release received on April 26, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31, 2020, as part of an effort to keep students, staff and families safe from COVID-19. The extension was based on expert advice from the Chief Medical …

Frontline pandemic workers to receive pay top-ups

On April 25 2020 the Ontario government announced it is providing additional support for frontline workers fighting COVID-19. These workers will receive temporary pandemic pay of $4/hour worked on top of their regular wages. In addition, the government will be providing monthly lump sum payments of $250 for four months …