BREAKING: Oakville declares State of Emergency
The Town of Oakville has declared a State of Emergency.
The declaration comes after a recent report indicated more than half of the current COVID-19 cases are the result of locally spread transmissions.
“The outbreak of a communicable disease namely COVID-19 coronavirus constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm to persons,” the declaration states.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the Town has already taken precautionary measures, including closing municipal parks and facilities and cancelling programs.
“Council and I are committed to ensuring we provide every support necessary to our community, our staff, and our regional public health officials during this very challenging time,” Mayor Rob Burton said in a news release.
“Declaring a state of emergency is meant to emphasize to our community the serious challenge we are facing, and to encourage them to stay home and stay safe. We are continuing to work closely with our regional, provincial and federal partners and are following their lead on the precautions necessary to ensure containment and the safety and support of our residents,” he continued.
Additionally, Burton urged residents to adhere to the Town’s recommendations regarding social distancing, and avoid going out unless necessary.
“The town is here for you but we need your help if we are going to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed,” he added.