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County prepares for COVID-19 second wave

October 23, 2020

Additional COVID-19 measures will ensure safe delivery of public services.

The County of Prince Edward is taking additional measures in order to continue safely delivering public services during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are doing our utmost to avoid a second lockdown by following the public health advice and guidelines,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says. “We have shown great resiliency as a community and now is not the time to give up, especially with cases on the rise in Ontario.”

An enhanced screening protocol will be implemented at all municipal buildings and facilities. A screener will greet visitors at the door, ask them several health assessment questions, and take their temperature. If visitors do not pass the screening or have a fever, they will be asked to leave and staff will arrange for another way to serve the visitor if possible.

The protocol will be instituted at Shire Hall beginning on Monday, October 26 and then rolled out to all other municipal buildings and facilities over the next couple of weeks. At the same time, staff is ensuring the County is following Ministry of Health best practices for air quality in municipal buildings.

Other steps the municipality has taken to prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 include a recent pandemic scenario planning exercise by the management team, managers, and staff. Risk assessments were revisited and revised based on job function and location.

The County is also continuing its ongoing efforts to assist the local business community throughout the pandemic. The new adaptation fund – made possible with support from the Government of Canada – is accepting applications until October 31. The fund will help offset the costs that tourism businesses and organizations have faced to ensure the health and safety of guests and staff during COVID-19. The municipality has partnered with the Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce, and more information is available online.

Visit the County website for COVID-19 information and resources.

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