Covid-19 Updates – Town of Wasaga Beach

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak is over

The COVID-19 outbreak involving members of the Town of Wasaga Beach organization is over.

In addition, all city facilities closed to the public have reopened.

The city would like to note that although it has called the event an outbreak – this is done whenever two or more members test positive during the same event – at no time did the District Health Unit of Simcoe-Muskoka has not officially declared an outbreak.

Once again, the city would like to thank the South Georgian Bay Health Unit and Community Health Center for their assistance during the outbreak.

In addition, the city would like to thank the many people who have expressed their concern and support. Thanks for the phone calls and emails.

Previous updates

Update 1

Update 2

Update 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

25 November 2021

Reopening of Wasaga Beach Town Hall to the public

The Town of Wasaga Beach is providing an update on the COVID-19 outbreak that was confirmed on November 21, 2021 by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Due to the situation, the municipality closed public access to the town hall, the two fire stations and the public works building. The city continued to provide all municipal services. Fire stations are fully staffed and capable of responding to an emergency.

To ensure the protection of city staff and the public, the city, working closely with the South Georgian Bay Community Health Center, conducted rapid antigen testing on all staff on November 22 and 23.

A total of 20 members of the organization contracted the virus during the outbreak. The city employs around 170 full-time and part-time workers.

It is not known how individuals contracted the virus – this is under investigation.

Most people who test positive are fully vaccinated and only have mild symptoms, such as a cold. All are self-insulating. Almost 90 percent of the city’s workforce is vaccinated.

A second round of staff tests began on November 25 at town hall and did not identify any further cases of COVID-19. As a result, the Town Hall will open to the public on Friday, November 26. The Public Works building will remain closed to the public until December 1, and the two fire stations will remain closed to the public until December 6, 2021.

Staff continue to work on site at all facilities and are available by phone or email during business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The city continues to review the situation. The town is in contact with public health. The city will provide additional updates as needed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2021

COVID-19 positive cases identified

The Town of Wasaga Beach is advising the community that some members of the society have tested positive for COVID-19.

Most of these people are with the Wasaga Beach Fire Department, however, other members of the municipality have also tested positive for the virus.

A number of people who test positive are fully vaccinated and only show mild symptoms, such as a cold. Almost 90 percent of the city’s workforce is vaccinated.

It is not known how individuals contracted the virus – this is under investigation.

The city has notified the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Public health considers the situation an epidemic if two or more people have contracted the virus.

The city is following its security plan.

In addition to the regular cleaning of sensitive areas, an additional reinforced cleaning of the city’s facilities takes place this weekend.

As a precaution, the town closes its two fire stations and its town hall to the public until at least Thursday.

The city continues to review the situation. The town is in contact with public health. The city will provide additional updates as needed.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 21, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination certificate program begins September 22

Starting Wednesday, September 22, the Ontario government is implementing a COVID-19 vaccination certificate program.

This means Ontarians will need to be fully immunized (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination as well as identification to access certain public places and facilities.

This applies to the following locations:

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor terraces, as well as delivery and take-out);
  • Nightclubs (including the establishment’s outdoor spaces);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference / convention centers;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal physical training, such as gymnasiums, fitness facilities and recreational facilities except recreational sports for young people;
  • Sport events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theaters and cinemas;
  • Races (eg horse races).

Certain exemptions apply.

For example, in the case of a sports or recreational activity:

  • Children under 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination;
  • Young people between 12 and 18 years old are not required to present proof of vaccination if participating in a sports / fitness activity (no spectator);
  • Medical exemptions are permitted with the appropriate documentation.

Please note that some individual sports associations may have additional stipulations in place for their members. Please visit the websites of sports associations for specific information on the arrangements in place for the sport in which you are interested.

Please see the Government of Ontario resource for more information.

Additional resources are available on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.

Visit the Government of Ontario website to get your vaccination certificate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 22, 2021

Town of Wasaga Beach Implements Temporary Financial Assistance Measures to Help Community

In response to the financial burden that many people are experiencing as a result of the provincial home support order and closure, the Town of Wasaga Beach is implementing some financial relief measures.

Council approved the measures in a virtual Committee of the Whole meeting earlier this morning.

“We know that people are in difficulty at the moment and we hope that these measures will help some during a very difficult time,” said Mayor Nina Bifolchi.

The following fees and charges are suspended (in force from May 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021):

  • Reprint of tax or water account extracts;
  • Payment transfer fees;
  • Returned check fee;
  • Penalty / interest on water and sewer arrears for the current year;
  • Penalty / interest on tax arrears for the current year;
  • Penalty / interest on current accounts receivable;

Interest and penalty charges will resume on all outstanding balances as of October 1, 2021.

All interest and penalty payments applied to accounts for the period January 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021 will remain due as charged.

Additionally, the city will continue to offer a deferred payment plan for business license fees and will continue to waive late payment penalties for businesses that cannot fully operate due to provincial restrictions. Municipal aid is in addition to that offered by higher levels of government.

Finally, council asked staff this morning to ask Simcoe County and school boards to postpone payment terms.

For more on the new financial relief measures, see the related staff report. The report also highlights the federal and provincial aid available to businesses. Additional information for businesses can be found on the city’s business recovery portal.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2021

Statement by Mayor Nina Bifolichi

Today, Mayor Nina Bifolchi issued a statement on the first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After the year we have been through, it is important that we take a moment today to remember the loved ones we have lost. Each of these people mattered. Their deaths represent a great tragedy.

In recognition of those who are no longer with us, we lowered our flags at all facilities in the city.

If today is an occasion for commemoration, it is also a chance to recognize the many people who mobilized throughout this public health crisis.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to warmly thank everyone in our healthcare community for the courageous and diligent efforts they have made and continue to make today.

We also commend the many frontline workers in our community for the important role they have played throughout this difficult time. Retail workers, truck drivers, production workers – so many different professions have made it possible for goods and services to flow and make them available for the benefit of all.

Our business leaders also deserve praise, as they have experienced so many challenges since the start of the pandemic. Your tenacity, kindness, creativity, and attention to keeping people safe and keeping your livelihoods operational – and the people employed – is truly inspiring.

And it is essential on this day that we recognize the educators and students in our community for finding new and innovative ways to continue teaching and learning during such a disruptive time.

To those families in our community who are struggling with the pandemic, know that you are on our mind and that there are supports in place to help you. If you are unsure of who to turn to, please contact someone you know and trust. You can find resources on our COVID-19 information page. You can also contact Ontario 211 and they can help connect you to the appropriate resource.

I am so proud of our community and the many ways we have supported each other over the past year. The stories I have heard reflect our caring and compassionate nature, and I have no doubts that this spirit will continue for as long as this crisis lasts and beyond. At Wasaga Beach, we’ve been looking after each other for a long time.

As the vaccine rollout continues, we must remember to adhere to all public health protocols. Now is not the time to let our guard down.

Finally, a special message to our municipal staff, who throughout the pandemic ensured that public services continued for our residents and businesses: Thank you for your crucial contributions to Wasaga Beach. “

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