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 Conmee Township Community Update: COVID-19 March 12, 2020
The Municipal Community Control Group (MECG) was initiated for the purpose of discussing the recent announcement of the COVID-19 Pandemic Declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO).  In light of the recent declaration, the Township has implemented the Municipal Pandemic Plan for our municipality.  The Municipal Pandemic Plan includes the 5 stages of emergency management followed in Ontario and across Canada, including: Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery.  
Keeping our municipality informed with current and reliable information is important to ensure that we are all prepared to respond during any emergency.  Pandemics affect entire countries, however it is the individual efforts and practices of residents that play a vital role in mitigating the effects of a  pandemic within a local community.  
This update includes a brief history of the virus, its characteristics, recommendations to mitigate infection, as well as, resources for more information on COVID-19.
In late December 2019, reports of an unknown pneumonia strain emerged from Wuhan City in China.   Since that time, what has become known as the COVID-19 virus has travelled around the world; currently affecting over 115 000 people. COVID-19 is a Coronavirus (CoV) which are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus (nCoV), which is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The COVID-19 virus infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people; and those with underlying medical conditions. The World Health Organization emphasizes that all must protect themselves from COVID-19 in order to protect others. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.
Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Maintain social distancing (Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene (Cover your mouth, sneeze into your elbow or shoulder)
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider




Stay up to date by visiting reliable sources of information:

World Health Organization

Gov’t of Canada

Ontario Government

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Conmee's Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and the Emergency Management Control Group (EMCG) will be monitoring the status of the impact to our community

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