Dryden Mayor Greg Wilson has a message for all community members during the COVID-19 crisis. He says community leaders are doing everything they can to help keep residents safe.
In an open message to the Dryden community, Wilson laid out a number of safety tips and social distancing measures for the community to follow, and thanked all front-line staff who are working to serve the community in these difficult times.
Wilson’s full message can be found below.
As we are all aware, we are all living in uncertain and worrisome times due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the whole world. With several cases reported locally, and in our community, we are not isolated from this global health crisis.
I want to let you know what our community is doing to address this new enemy, and what you personally can do to help stop the spread of the virus, and minimize it’s impact on you, your family and your friends.
On March 28, the City of Dryden declared a State of Emergency due to COVID-19. This decision was not taken lightly. The declaration serves several purposes, including aligning our community with the State of Emergency declared by the province, raising the level of seriousness of the situation in the community, and our level of preparedness.
It’s worth repeating what we can all do to protect our own health and the health of others. These include things such as staying home as much as possible, and avoiding non-essential gatherings and outings.
If you do have to leave your home for essential reasons, including exercise, practice appropriate physical social distancing by staying at least two metres apart. Increasing the frequency of home and office cleaning is also very helpful.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds each time. Use hand sanitizer. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Avoid contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
If you have travelled outside of Canada recently, you must self-isolate for 14 days on your return. There are several penalties for those who ignore these guidelines.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, self-monitor and self-isolate. If you are having difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.
We are all in this together. It is our collective efforts and diligence in dealing with this threat that will pull us through this crisis, and will make us stronger coming out of it.
Finally, I want to give a big thank you to all of our front-line, health-care professionals. Thank you for your understanding and support in these challenging times.