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State Of Emergency Declared In The County Of Essex

Sunday March 22nd, 2020, 12:52pm


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The County of Essex declared a State of Emergency today, taking proactive and precautionary measures to prepare the region for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in the early stages of this pandemic and based on the evidence we have seen from a global, national, provincial and local level, we believe the time to call the emergency is now. Our efforts in taking the appropriate preventive measures today is the best course of action for our region,” said Warden of Essex County, Gary McNamara.

The Warden is urging residents to take this situation very seriously and to heed the advice of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit as it relates to social-distancing, proper hand washing and sanitizing as well as the 14-day self-isolation for returning travelers.

“Let’s act now to protect our health care workers on the front line by taking the necessary steps to flatten the curve and mitigate the impact on our health care system,” said McNamara.

Declaring the State of Emergency allows for municipalities to prepare by limiting activities to essential services. It ensures they have the flexibility to mobilize appropriate resources as needs arise, not only for COVID-19, but for other possible issues such as lake flooding, as water levels locally remain at record highs.

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