Mayor's Message- Council Connection March 2020

Mayor's Message - Council Connection March 2020

For this edition of the Mayor’s message, I’d like to discuss an important and timely issue – Coronavirus.

First, I can’t stress enough the importance of remaining calm. I know language such as a ‘novel virus’ & ‘quarantine’ & ‘pandemic’, the closing of businesses, restricting travel and the global response to date make this illness and situation seem scary.

At this time, Niagara Region’s Medical Officer of Health indicates the risk to Niagara residents remains low. Canada, Ontario and Niagara are well prepared for this type of health hazard. Not to long ago, H1N1 came through our community, also at that time a new and unknown virus for humans, but we responded to this risk and recovered.

We’re the very people that can change how we react and adapt to this current situation.

At times such as these, we need to come together as a community, understand what we can do to help, and rely on the proper authorities to guide us. We shouldn’t sensationalize the issue but remain to have an appropriate level of concern, so we are doing our part to minimize the risk to our community, our coworkers, and family.  

So, what can we do to keep ourselves calm and healthy?

Seek credible information about the virus from public health sources such as Niagara Region Public Health, the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, and Health Canada. Each of these agencies play a critical role in monitoring the virus, develop tips to stay healthy & putting plans into place to reduce the spread.

Be realistic that we may see illness in our community at some point, but the proper plans are in place to manage the illness and reduce the spread. Niagara Region Public Health, Niagara Health System, Hamilton Health Sciences, and our first responders regularly plan and practice for these types of situations.

Be confident that the Town of Lincoln also prepares for these types of situations and is currently refining that plan based on what we know about Coronavirus and how it may impact our programs and services that are critical to our community wellbeing.

Learn about the virus, the symptoms, and the proper medical treatment that is needed.

Understand how we can assist in preventing and reducing the spread by:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice good hand washing
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Keep your distance
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Avoid travelling to areas currently impacted by the virus. If you have travelled to an area impacted, and develop any respiratory symptoms, avoid contact with others and contact a health care professional.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces in your home and workplaces

I encourage you to continue to stay engaged and ensure you’re aware of how you can contribute to preventing this illness. It is likely that new information regarding how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of the illness will become available as we experience cases of Coronavirus in Niagara.

Credible resources for you:

Niagara Region Public Health

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Health Canada

 

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