Durham declares state of emergency

Durham Region has declared a state of emergency.

“Today, based on information collected over the last few days and in consultation with the Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Emergency Control Group, Regional Medical Officer of Health and Durham Emergency Management, I am declaring a State of Emergency in the Region of Durham, said John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer.

“This is a critical time in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Cases are climbing across Durham Region. We must all do everything we can to keep our community safe and flatten the curve,” Henry said. “In making today’s declaration, this is a message to our entire community: stay home, stay safe and follow the advice of our public health professionals.”

“The health and well-being of our residents is our top priority,” Henry said. “We are and will continue to work out of the Emergency Operations Centre to maintain the essential social services, public works and health-care services you rely on. This is an incredibly tough time in our history, and there will be more difficult days ahead. But we must not lose sight of why we are doing this and why such extreme measures are needed. Only by working together over the coming days and weeks can we change the course of this virus and protect the health and safety of everyone in Durham. I know we can do this. Please help us by doing your part.”

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