UPDATE #1 COVID-19 LANARK HIGHLANDS

Monday, 23 March 2020

As COVID-19 pandemic is evolving quickly and updates are emerging daily, we want to assure our residents that the Township is monitoring new information as it becomes available in order to be able to ensure the health and safety of our residents.

The Township of Lanark Highlands is known for its strong sense of community, and now more than ever we are asking residents to continue to support each other during this difficult time.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the impacts of this challenging period. A few of these measures include:

Support for workers
Additional assistance to families with children Introducing an emergency care benefit Funding for workers including self-employed who are sick, caring for quarantined individuals or who have been directed to self-isolate but do not qualify for employment insurance (EI) sickness benefits EI-eligible and non EI-eligible working parents who must stay home without pay because of children who are sick or who need additional care because of school closures. Additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes by providing a special top-up. For further details, please see the full announcement below:
https://pm.gc.ca/…/prime-minister-announces-more-support-wo…

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) – Non-essential Services
During this time, the Lanark County OPP Detachment is restricting access to the public. Aside from restriction, Lanark County OPP will continue to operate as normal at this time. See below link for further details:
https://www.opp.ca/news/#/viewnews/5e70baacd63f0

Lanark Highlands Fire Department
The Lanark Highlands Fire Department is still operating as normal. Any calls involving COVID-19 symptoms are being appropriately screened by dispatch to keep our firefights safe. Residents are being asked to continue to call 911 in an emergency. Anyone who has travelled internationally should stay at home and monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after their return. If they become ill they should contact the Health Unit at 613-345-5685 to be assessed over the phone for further instruction.

Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
The Health Unit is continuing to update their website when any new information regarding COVID-19 becomes available. See the link for further information https://healthunit.org/coronavirus/

Fraud
Fear, uncertainty and misinformation… Fraudsters take advantage of vulnerable people, so its no surprise that new scams are being created surrounding COVID-19. The Township of Lanark Highlands is urging residents to ensure any posts being shared are from reliable and factual sources. Find out what to look for, how to protect yourself and what to do if you are a victim of a scam here: https://antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/…/covid-19-eng.…

Lanark Highlands Municipal Office
Lanark Highlands municipal staff can still be reached by phone: 613-259-2898 and email. We will continue to serve our residents the best we can during the pandemic. If you have yet to purchase your 2020 Dog Tag, or Fire Permit you may do so on our website. The Township will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and take direction from the Federal government, Provincial government and Health Unit. As always, we encourage all residents to be prudent and follow the directive from the Health Unit on how to protect themselves and their family.

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75 George Street,
PO BOX 340
Lanark, Ontario
K0G 1K0

613-259-2398
1-800-239-4695

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.