Municipal Emergency Control Group Monitoring COVID-19

Posted On Thursday April 16, 2020

The Municipal Emergency Control Group (MECG) held its weekly virtual meeting today with various community partners as part of its ongoing management of the COVID-19 situation.

Mayor Bill Mauro thanked the members of the MECG for working together to plan the community response.

“I think everyone understands that we are nowhere near the finish line, said Mayor Mauro. “The extension of the Provincial Declaration of Emergency the other day (April 14) by another 28 days makes that clear.”

The MECG received updates on efforts to contain spread among employees of Lac Des Iles Mine, expanded testing at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with priority for health care workers, and supports for vulnerable populations.

“Though it’s been a difficult month, Thunder Bay is stepping up to support the homeless and other vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Bill Mauro. “The City and the community is reaching out to support the people of Thunder Bay and those organizations that are responding to the most urgent needs.

“This includes a host of social service and health agencies supporting the District of Thunder Social Services. With support from the Province, the DSSAB is the lead on housing for persons who are homeless to help contain the spread of the virus.”

The Mayor’s video address to the community today will provide an update on collaborative efforts to support vulnerable populations. The address will be available this afternoon on the City of Thunder Bay municipal government Facebook Page and website at: www.thunderbay.ca/coronavirus

Those in attendance represented the City of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, Superior North EMS, tbaytel, Thunder Bay Airport, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Synergy North, Aurora Borealis Catholic District School Board Lakehead Public Schools, the Catholic District School Board, Lakehead University and Confederation College.

“Each of us must be more vigilant than ever to prevent spread in the community,” said Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health. “Stay home, use physical distancing, wash your hands well and frequently, and self-isolate if you are sick, have travelled or have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19.“
People who have concerns about businesses and individuals not following COVID-19 related orders to call the Thunder Bay District Health Unit at 625-5900 to report their concerns.

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Contact: Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications, 625-3650

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