Minden Hills declares state of emergency amid coronavirus pandemic

Minden Hills township has declared a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

The Township of Minden Hills has followed Ontario’s lead and declared a state of emergency amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The declaration was made by the township on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:42 p.m. and will be in effect until further notice.

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The township’s emergency operations centre has also been convened and is meeting daily to monitor the situation.

It will communicate updates daily as information becomes available.

All community programming, events and advisory committee meetings scheduled at municipal buildings and facilities are postponed until after April 5.

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All council, committee of the whole and committee of adjustment meetings will continue as scheduled.

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As of the end of the March 18 business day, all township facilities are closed to the public until further notice.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

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To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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