Halton Region declares State of Emergency amid COVID-19 pandemic

 

Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr declared a State of Emergency Tuesday in support of the Province of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The region says the decision was made under the advice and support from the Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

Halton Region Public Health initiated its Infectious Disease Emergency Response Plan on Jan 23 and Halton Region activated its Emergency Response Plan, including its Regional Emergency Operations Centre, on Feb 27 “to ensure a coordinated and rapid response to the pandemic”.

"This declaration is an important message to our community: we need to take this seriously and we need to act now," said Chair Carr.

"We need to listen to the recommendations of Public Health to practice physical distancing and self-isolate when directed - to protect ourselves, the ones most vulnerable, our first responders and healthcare workers. We must all do our part to control the spread of COVID-19.”

Residents are being instructed to follow direction from Halton Region Public Health and visit halton.ca/COVID19 to get the latest information about symptoms, risk, and when to contact 311 or seek medical attention.

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