Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Fort Erie has experienced a spike in cases of COVID-19 in recent days,
a troubling sign as children head back to school and a change in weather
with the fall looms. On a positive note, Fort Erie remains the
municipality in Niagara with the second-lowest case counts per 10,000
residents, with only rural Wainfleet being lower. But this is not a time
for residents to become complacent.
Throughout the pandemic, the Town’s Emergency Operations Committee
(EOC) has met frequently to monitor the state of infections; put in
place policies to ensure the safety of employees, residents and
visitors; stay current with ever-changing provincial and regional
emergency orders; promote public health guidelines; and, provide weekly
updates to residents.
The EOC is made up of senior staff members and the mayor and is headed
by the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Tom Kuchyt. For nearly 18
months, municipal staff has maintained responsibility for their regular
employment duties while undertaking the work necessary to ensure the
safety of the workplace and our community.
There have been many acts of generosity and social kindness during the
pandemic, with service clubs, church organizations, businesses and
individuals stepping up to meet the needs of others during this
sometimes seemingly endless crisis. I, and Council, thank each and every
one who has been a good neighbour and reached out to those in need. I
encourage everyone to play a part in overcoming this insidious virus.
Each week, the Town receives from Niagara Region Public Health a status
update with respect to the number of cases of COVID-19 in Fort Erie and
Niagara, the severity of those cases, the positivity rate of testing and
other important data. This information is available to the public on the
Town of Fort Erie website and social media. The Town also posts a link
to the Niagara Region Public Health COVID-19 website, which provides
daily updates to a wider range of data including active cases, total
cases and vaccination numbers.
While over 70% of Fort Erie residents have received their first dose of
a vaccine and over 65% are fully vaccinated, we are still behind the
Regional and Provincial numbers for those categories. To alert those who
wish to obtain their first or second dose of the vaccination, the Town
is placing information on our website and social media regarding
vaccination clinics being hosted in Town and pharmacies that are
providing the vaccinations. I urge everyone to become fully vaccinated,
the one sure way to protect yourself, those around you and our
Mayor Wayne Redekop