A State of Emergency still remains in effect in the Township of Essa. It is urgent that Essa residents take steps to limit the number of people that we come in contact with to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
As of September 28, 2020, there have been a total of 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Essa.
The 20 confirmed cases have resulted in 20 recoveries and 1 death. The breakdown of transmissions is: 4 acquired through travel, 6 from close contact, 5 cases were community acquired, 5 were outbreak-related (workplace / institutional / congregate setting / etc); 1 case is under investigation.
Social Circles & Gatherings
The Province has placed new limits on the number of people allowed to attend unmonitored private social gatherings across the province, effective September 19, 2020:
- 10 people at an indoor event or gathering; or
- 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering.
Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding reeptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has advised that citizens are to limit close contacts to those in your household only. If your social circle wants to get together do so outside and at a distance.
Face Coverings Required to be Worn at All Indoor Public Spaces
Effective July 13, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit issued a directive requiring all patrons to wear face coverings when accessing all Indoor Public Spaces as well as Transit.
Everyday Actions to Protect Yourself & Others
Each of us can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and across the region. There are everyday actions we should all use to protect ourselves and others. These actions are very important because:
- The majority of cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are caused by community transmission of COVID-19, which means that the virus is spreading in the community from person-to-person and is not linked to travel or a previously known case
- This is not just a disease affecting the elderly. Most cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are among adults between 35 and 64 years of age.
Please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for full information about recommended actions that can help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Actions* include:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Avoid heading to cottage country
- Practice physical distancing (2 metres)
- Practice propery hygiene
- Go for a walk/exercise if you can
- Wear a non-medical face mask
- Shop safely