THE COUNTY, Ontario – The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry announced today that its staff have been instructed to work from home, except for essential services.
County CAO Tim Simpson said SDG is following the lead of health-care professionals to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, while also offering another level of protection for staff and the general public.
Essential services like road maintenance, emergency communication, police and EMS will remain staffed, while other County employees have been instructed to work from home.
While most county staff have already begun to work remotely, the new directives come into effect as of Monday, March 23. This new protocol will be in place until April 6 and reassessed in the interim with the possibility of extending these measures.
“Everyone is doing their part to help blunt the spread of COVID-19 and we take our responsibilities as an employer, and community partner, very seriously,” said Simpson. “We are still working, and staff will be available to answer emails, cell phone calls and voicemails.”
The County has been in close contact with its municipal partners in the area and will provide updates as they become available.
Warden Frank Prevost said the County is being proactive in its decision-making.
“The health of our employees and residents will always be our chief concern,” said Prevost.
Updates concerning County services can be found on our website (sdgcounties.ca). For COVID-19 updates please consult the EOHU website (eohu.ca) as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada (canada.ca/en/public-health.html) and the provincial government (ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus).