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No more state of emergency in Five Counties

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The public health state of emergency is ended in Eastern Ontario.

Following consultations with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), the municipal leaders for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry (UCSDG), and the City of Cornwall have lifted the state of emergency for public health effective Wednesday, June 30.

The state of emergency has been in effect since March 26 2020, resulting from growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Municipal leaders discussed with EOHU Chief Health Officer Dr. Paul Roumeliotis about the possibility of cancelling the state of emergency order.

“I would like to sincerely thank the health workers, citizens, and entrepreneurs for the sacrifices they have made throughout the pandemic,” stated UCPR Warden Stéphane Sarrazin, “allowing us today to slowly resume our activities and open our businesses once again. While we must remain cautious, let us all acknowledge our collective contributions and efforts.”

The EOHU reported that there are still three active COVID-19 cases within its area of jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario. All COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect to reduce the risk of contagion while the vaccination programs continue. Residents are urged to remain vigilant and follow public health safety guidelines regarding social distancing, public hygiene, and masking where required. Also residents are urged to get their complete COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible.

“This summer, we will be able to enjoy many of the things we’ve been looking forward to,” stated Todd Bennett, acting mayor of Cornwall. “The end of the state of emergency doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. Please continue to mask and sanitize while you’re enjoying your favourite warm-weather activities.”

Residents can phone toll-free to 1-888-999-6488 or go to www.ontario.ca/bookvaccine to make their vaccination appointments. The UCPR, UCSDG and City of Cornwall will continue to support EOHU activities and public health safety guidelines while the pandemic continues.

“While we appear to be emerging from the shadow of COVID-19, now is not the time for complacency,” stated UCSDG Warden Allan Armstrong. “I urge all residents who are eligible to receive a vaccine to book an appointment as soon as possible. We must also continue other health protocols like mask-wearing and physical distancing. I look forward to the day when this is all behind us, and through science-based decision-making we will get there soon.”