Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announced the launching of the Burlington COVID-19 Task Force Monday.
“The Task Force will share information and mobilize community and agency resources to support our hospital and healthcare workers as we prepare for the anticipated surge of patients in the coming weeks and the recovery period to follow, as well as coordinate our broader community efforts on COVID-19,” said Meed Ward.
“Members will bring information and/or requests for assistance back to each of their own organizations and emergency response tables.”
Meed Ward acknowledged that similar efforts are already being made, but said the Task Force will formalize and add structure to the effort.
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Membership includes community leaders and “decision-makers” representing various organizations and agencies involved in the COVID-19 response, according to the Burlington mayor. She added that new members may be added as “needs evolve”.
Invitees began with and grew from the panelists on the City’s recent public telephone town hall on March 26.
Organizations invited include representatives from the City of Burlington and the Emergency Control Group, City Council, the Burlington Fire Department, Halton Regional Police Service, Joseph Brant Hospital, local MPs and MPPs, school boards, Halton Region, Burlington Hydro, TEAM Burlington and business support groups, as well as military, spiritual and philanthropic groups.
The full list can be found here.
The first Task Force meeting will take place Tuesday afternoon. Future meetings are expected to take place weekly, or more often as necessary, by teleconference chaired by the mayor.