Burlington emergency control group ready to keep city services up and running during new COVID-19 wave

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Published December 31, 2021 at 1:31 pm

The City of Burlington wants to reassure local residents they’re doing everything they can to ensure essential services are being delivered during the highest COVID-19 numbers ever recorded.

According to a release today, the City’s No. 1 priority continues to be the health and safety of residents and staff. The key focus for the City right now is continuity of operations, given rising infections in the community and subsequently among City staff.

“To date, there remain few instances of City workplace transmission in City facilities. Throughout the holidays, the City’s Emergency Control Group continues to meet to review City service programs and impacts and will continue to communicate updates to residents as we all continue to live through this evolving pandemic.”

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said the local government is doing what is necessary to ensure safety and services.

“We regularly connect with our partners at the federal, provincial and regional levels to offer our help as needed, and advocate for our community where necessary. We will get through this together as we have so far,” she said.

“Thank you for continuing to do your part, follow health measures, and get vaccinated. We know the last 22 months haven’t been easy for anyone, and you’ve made many sacrifices. Your compassion for each other, your resilience and creativity to find new ways to safely come together, has been a shining light through these difficult days.”

The City’s Emergency Control Group has been regularly meeting over the holidays. This group has decision-making responsibility related to time-sensitive and immediate actions to address the emergency at hand, including operations and crisis communications.

The group includes the mayor, city manager and senior leadership from all service areas, Burlington Fire leadership, health and safety staff and a Burlington Hydro representative. City council continues to be responsible for overall governance of the city and strategic decisions.

“Although there remain few instances of workplace transmission in city facilities, we know 51 per cent of all city staff COVID-19 infections have occurred in the last two weeks,” said Tim Commisso, city manager.

“The Omicron variant is highly infectious and we continue to review plans for business continuity and essential delivery of services for our community.”

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