Mayor Isbester responds to state of emergency, more information expected following conference call

Greater Napanee Mayor Marg Isbester. File photo.

Adam Prudhomme

As information and direction in regard to COVID-19 are continuing to filter in from upper levels of government, Greater Napanee Mayor Marg Isbester is reminding residents to wash their hands and practice social distancing.

Since the outbreak, the mayor has been in constant contact with several agencies and is preparing to take part in a conference call that will include Ontario mayors, Deputy Premier Christine Elliot, and Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief office of health later today. 

She’ll continue to update residents through her Facebook page: Marg Isbester-Mayor of Greater Napanee.

She noted that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s declaration of a state of emergency on Tuesday morning had promoted the municipality to look at things differently, with more information expected to be handed down later in the day.

“The biggest thing we absolutely have to stress, the one thing that is within our control, is self isolation,” said Isbester. “Social distancing and practicing the highest level of hygiene. It’s the one thing I can guarantee is not going to go away. We have to take this seriously. We don’t have to take it seriously to the point of hoarding things.”

Isbester added that there will be a period of adjustment for all residents.

“I feel that we are ahead of the curve even though we’re having to cut off things that people are accustomed to with services,” said the mayor. “We can’t risk the public.”


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