UPDATE: County of Essex Declares State of Emergency

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All of Essex County is now under a state of emergency to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

County Warden Gary McNamara made the announcement at the Essex County Civic and Education Centre Sunday afternoon with municipalities throughout the Essex following suit.

"It provides the county with additional tools to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents and places us in a constant state of preparedness focused on essential services and ready to react to COVID-19 as well as any issues related to flooding and rising lake levels," he says. "This will enable us to martial all of our resources in the battle against COVID-19 and … protect the residents and businesses of Essex County."

He tells AM800 News essential work will continue.

"We have to keep water flowing ... we have to maintain a level of infrastructure into the community," added McNamara.

The city of Windsor declared a state of emergency Friday, closing Tecumseh and Devonshire malls. 

All non-essential retail and personal service sale locations have also been ordered closed county wide by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Some county and municipal services are still available online or by phone, but town halls and civic buildings are closed to the public.

Police headquarters throughout the region have also closed to the public, but are maintaining a 100 per cent service level online and by phone.

— with files from AM800's Gord Bacon and Zander Broeckel.