We continue to follow the guidance of our local experts in Public Health. The situation is evolving and we are taking steps to help protect the health of our community.
The municipality is making every effort to maintain current levels of service, precautionary measures have been put in place to protect the community and municipal staff, and to reduce the spread of the virus.
Visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit website for information about the disease including, how to protect yourself, symptoms, treatment, and updates as they become available.
For up to date information regarding the virus in Ontario visit the Ontario Ministry of Health website. For up to date information regarding the virus in Canada visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.
As additional information becomes available, communications will be made with regards to the West Parry Sound Area (Township of Carling, Municipality of McDougall, Township of McKellar, Seguin Township, Township of The Archipelago, Municipality of Whitestone and the Town of Parry Sound) through the Town of Parry Sound website and social media accounts.
EMERGENCY DECLARED BY MUNICIPALITY OF McDOUGALL MAYOR ROBINSON
At the March 18, 2020 regular meeting of Council the Municipality of McDougall’s Mayor Dale Robinson declared an emergency in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990 as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic in Ontario. The declaration is a precaution taken by the Municipality in order to provide the Head of Council the authority to take actions or make orders to protect the property, health, safety and welfare of the community. This declaration also aligns with the Government of Ontario's Declaration of Emergency made March 17, 2020.
The Municipality of McDougall will continue to monitor the situation; residents can visit www.mcdougall.ca for up-to-date information about COVID-19 impacts on municipal operations and services. Updates about the current COVID-19 pandemic can be found by accessing the following resources:
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit: www.myhealthunit.ca/en/index.asp
- Ontario Ministry of Health: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
- Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000
Media Contact: Lori West, Public Information Officer/Clerk 705-342-5252
CEMC Contact: Brian Leduc, CEMC / Fire Chief 705-746-1857
MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19
Updated April 3, 2020
The Municipal Office: The office will be closed until further notice.
Individuals who would like to pay their municipal bills can do so online through your financial institution, send a cheque by mail, use the municipal office drop box, or call the office at 705-342-5252 to arrange payment over the phone.
Building Department: During this time, we ask that all submissions be sent electronically to email@example.com OR by Canada Post (mail). Building inspections will be conducted at the Chief Building Officials discretion.
Transfer Station and Landfill: Transfer station Days of operation will remain the same with the attendant only leaving the building to operate compactors. Bottle drive will be closed until further notice.
The landfill operations will operate 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Staff will be reduced to one operator.
Public Works: Operations will cease, operators will be asked to stay home and be on call for emergencies. The public works supervisor will continue regular patrolling and investigating calls for service.
Environmental Services (Water/Waste Water): Operations will be reduced to minimum maintenance as required by law.
Fire Department: Fire Halls are not open to the general public, operations will continue as usual. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency, if you need immediate medical attention you should call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.
Parks and Recreation: All parks and recreational facilities will be closed until further notice.
McDougall Water Tap: The water filling station at the public works yard/transfer station on Municipal Drive is use at your own risk.
WEST PARRY SOUND HEALTH CENTRE INFORMATION PACAGE
An information package has been developed by the West Parry Sound Health Centre, this easy to print information package will provide information about COVID-19 in our community. Know someone with no internet access? Packages are available for those without internet at the municipal transfer station, or please feel free to print a package for them.
GROCERY ASSISTANCE & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
A new website has been launched to connect people in the West Parry Sound area in need of a grocery drop off with local volunteers. This is being run in conjunction with the Sobeys and the Rotary Club program.
If you, or someone you know, are in need of a grocery drop off, you can now easily fill in a request form at www.parrysound.ca/help and you will be connected with volunteers to shop and deliver the groceries and supplies to your doorstep.
If you would like to assist with shopping and deliveries, the website also has a place for you to sign up to volunteer or to donate.
For the most up to date information about Coronavirus COVID-19 in our community, visit www.myhealthunit.ca
Student Nutrition Ontario - Nipissing, Muskoka, Parry Sound
Student Nutrition Ontario is offering assistance to children, youth and their families to ensure the needs of our community are met during this difficult and uncertain times as schools are closed, and children and youth are still hungry.
Families who wish to receive support are asked to register by emailing, names, address, phone number(s), number of children and the school the children regularly attend to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 705-476-3288 ext. 1611
The WPSHC has an immediate need for Scrubs, Lab Coats and N95 Respirators.
West Parry Sound Health Centre (WPSHC) is asking community members to donate any ‘scrubs’ or lab coats they might have at home.
Under normal circumstances, the health centre would have capacity to supply all appropriate staff with hospital-issued scrubs, but there are currently not enough to go around, and these items are on back-order.
All donated scrubs will be laundered and made available to clinical staff, separate from the health centre’s ‘usual’ supply to decrease the chance of people taking the virus out of the health centre.
The WPSHC is also in need of N95 respirators, if you have extras (expired is ok) donations would be appreciated.
Anyone with scrubs, lab coats or N95 respirators to donate can drop them off the following locations:
Parry Sound – Fire Hall, 4 Church Street Parry Sound, please leave in a sealed bag outside the front doors
Carling – Carling Rink, 2 West Carling Bay Road, Nobel, please leave in bin
McDougall – Fire Station 1, 10 Municipal Drive Nobel, please leave in blue bin at front door
McKellar – Fire Station 1, 1 Sharon Park Dr. McKellar, please leave in a sealed bag under the covered entrance.
Seguin – Humphrey Fire Station, 115 Highway 141
Whitestone – Fire Hall, 21 Church Street Dunchurch, please ring doorbell and leave in sealed bag outside the side door.
Nursing Stations – Please phone ahead and arrange for drop off, the nursing stations are not accepting any walkins due to COVID-19.
Pointe Au Baril – (705) 366-2376
Argyle – (705) 757-1717
Britt – (705) 383-2375
Moose Deer Point – (705) 375-9900
Rosseau – (705) 732-1095
Whitestone – Drop off at the fire hall