COVID-19 Updates

For local update information on the COVID-19 pandemic please visit this page frequently.

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Press Releases

At 1:00 p.m. on March 26, 2020 Reeve Eric Smith declared a State of Emergency for the Township of Stone Mills in partnership with the County of Lennox and Addington. Please see full press release here.

The Napanee & District Chamber of Commerce is wanting local business in Lennox and Addington to know of the Rapid Covid 19 tests available to them. In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, our neighbouring Chamber, The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has acquired an initial shipment of 50,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits for distribution to local businesses.

Kits will be available at no charge to all businesses in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington area starting Monday May 10th, with each business able to pick up a two-week supply allowing two tests per week per employee at a time. Participating businesses will be required to track and report all results weekly to the Greater Kingston Chamber, and those results will be shared with the Ontario and federal Ministries of Health. Businesses are also required to report positive or inconclusive cases to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health. The distribution centre for the test kits will be located at the Alliance Business Centre, 299 Concession Street in Kingston. The centre will be operated between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday, though pick-ups will be by appointment only.

The rapid antigen detection (RAD) tests provide results in as little as 15 minutes and can be used by non-medical personnel. These tests are 90 percent accurate and can be used to help identify COVID cases quickly, ensuring the business can best protect their employees and customers safely in the event of a COVID case in their workplace.

“With KFL&A area workplaces experiencing a surge in cases, the timing and availability of these asymptomatic testing kits could not be better,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. “I hope workplaces will take advantage of these kits to keep their staff healthy and safe.”

For more information and to book your appointment, visit chamberscreening.ca.

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 service limitations, staff are continuing to accept Planning Act applications and process applications via technical review and delegated authority where applicable, however public notification and required statutory public meetings will not occur until provincial authorities lift restrictions.

To submit a Planning Act application, please submit via paper:

mail:
drop-box located at 4504 County Road 4;
payment via cheque made out to the Township of Stone Mills;
to the Attention: Jason Sands, Manager of Planning/Deputy Clerk  
Any questions can be directed to Jason Sands at jsands@stonemills.com

Lennox & Addington County tourism-based businesses located within the RTO 9 Tourism Region (Greater Napanee, Loyalist, Stone Mills) can now apply for a non-repayable grant of up to $20,000 (excluding HST) through the Covid-19 Tourism Adaptation Fund.  Please click here for eligibility requirements and to apply.

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Lennox & Addington County tourism-based businesses located within the RTO 9 Tourism Region (Greater Napanee, Loyalist, Stone Mills) can now apply for a non-repayable grant of up to $20,000 (excluding HST) through the Covid-19 Tourism Adaptation Fund.  Please click here for eligibility requirements and to apply.

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals who lose their jobs through no fault of their own and are available for work, but can't find a job.  Temporary changes have been made to the EI program to help you access EI regular benefits. The changes are in effect until September 2021. 

For those who are not eligible to receive EI regular benefits, such as the self-employed, or those experiencing a reduction in income of at least 50% due to COVID-19, the Government has introduced the Canada Recovery Benefit. This temporary benefit provides $500 per week (taxable) for up to 38 weeks between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. To be eligible for the Benefit, you must be available and looking for work and must accept work, when it is reasonable to do so. As an employer you do not have to provide a Record of Employment for an employee to receive CRB and can direct employees to follow this link to apply.

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they are sick or need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition that puts them at greater risk of getting COVID-19. The CRSB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).