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COVID-19 Information and Updates


The Town and Village of Canton are working with the County to ensure accurate and timely information and education dissemination related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Canton Town and Village municipal offices will be remain closed until further notice.
See March 31 update below for details.

Links to Other Information Sources

St. Lawrence County Public Health Department COVID-19 Updates

New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Updates 

Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Updates
          The CDC webpage will be regularly updated at noon Monday through Friday.

CSEA New York Updates

Information for Local Businesses

North Country This Week Updates

WDT Public Service Announcements
       Free section of Watertown Daily Times includes COVID19-related cancellations and closures.

Information for St. Lawrence County Growers and Food Entrepreneurs

Check back here regularly for updates from the Village and Town of Canton.

Tuesday, March 31

11 a.m. – Supervisor Ashley and Mayor Dalton announced that, in accordance with the Governor’s stay home and safe distancing directives, including that nonessential workforce continue to work from home for an additional two weeks, the Canton Municipal Building will remain closed until further notice. Municipal staff continues to work from home and can be reached at their regular email addresses and phone numbers; voicemail messages may be left.

Tuesday, March 24

10 a.m. – The Canton Village Water/Wastewater Department issued this important statement regarding the continued safe use of municipal water – “we are committed to taking all steps necessary to maintain safe, reliable water service.”

Sunday, March 22

8 p.m. – The Governor’s PAUSE order goes into effect.

The County Sheriff’s office issued this memo relative to emergency laws and directives.

Saturday, March 21

1 p.m. – Mayor Michael Dalton issued this statement from the Village.

Friday, March 20

3:50 p.m. – Governor Cuomo has signed an Executive Order putting New York State on PAUSE, effective Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m. All non-essential workers are directed to work from home, and everyone is required to maintain a six-foot distance from others in public. Details here.

Wednesday, March 18

2:30 p.m. – Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Canton. Read Supervisor Ashley’s statement here.

9 a.m. – The Village Board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, will not take place at the Municipal Building. Options for a virtual meeting that is open to the public are being explored.

Monday, March 16

2 p.m. – Pursuant to recommendations from the State and in the interest of protecting municipal staff and the public, Mayor Michael Dalton and Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley announced that effective Tuesday, March 17, the Canton Municipal Building at 60 Main Street will be closed through Tuesday, March 31.

Municipal business may be transacted via phone, email, and by appointment (see Town and Village contact information at the bottom of this webpage and here). A dropbox for utility payments, etc., is available inside the main front door of the municipal building, which remains open at all times. Provisions will be made for making Village payments online; allowances are being explored for waiving related fees.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

7:30 p.m. – Dana Olzenak McGuire, PhD, Director of St. Lawrence County Public Health, issued this guidance to the community on what we can do—community measures to slow the transmission and decrease the impact of COVID-19.

2:30 p.m. – In light of the closing of St. Lawrence County schools, Canton Free Library and its branch libraries in Rensselaer Falls and Morley will close to the public March 16 through April 20. Canton’s Recreation Pavilion is also closed until further notice.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

5 p.m. – There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Lawrence County. As a preemptive measure to prevent an outbreak of  in our community, Canton Central School is closed beginning Monday, March 16.

As reported in North Country Now, “Due to the State of Emergency declared by the St. Lawrence County of Board of Legislators Chairman Joseph Lightfoot, and in consultation with St. Lawrence County and St. Lawrence Public  Health, the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and its 18 school districts have made a  unanimous decision to close school immediately until at least Monday, April 20.”

A message on Canton Central School’s Facebook page outlines plans for cleaning and disinfected the school buildings and working with teachers to discuss plans moving forward. According to the school’s post, Beginning Monday, March 23, the school will provide breakfast and lunch to students age 18 and under. Details about the process and procedures for food distribution will be forthcoming.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

12:50 p.m. – In consultation with Canton Central School district and based on advice received from the County Public Health Department, the Town and Village are closing the Recreation Pavilion, beginning immediately and effective through Monday, March 23. We continue to monitor the situation and further information will be posted here.

11:30 a.m. – Canton Central School has canceled non-essential events that would bring large numbers of community members onto campus; this includes all non-school sponsored events normally held at the school. This effective immediately through Monday, March 23.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mayor Dalton and Supervisor Ashley met with officials from the County Health Department and Office Of Emergency Services to receive updates and information about the current situation in our area. Weekly teleconferences with these offices and all county mayors and supervisors will begin tomorrow.

Also today, as requested by the Governor, the Regional Operations Center in Raybrook is open and staffed to assist municipalities with information distribution and response.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus – COVID-19 – in St. Lawrence County. Both local universities have announced plans to send students home and transition to distance learning for the immediate future. Canton Central School is monitoring the situation on a daily basis .

Know the Facts and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

  1. If you believe you may have been exposed and show symptoms of the virus,
    contact your healthcare provider or visit an after-hours or urgent care clinic or an emergency room immediately.
  2. Follow the CDC’s recommendations (below) to wash your hands frequently, cover your cough using a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately, and to stay home if you are sick.
  3. Practice “social distancing” – avoid large crowds and close contact between people.

Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19                                    Know the Facts 




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