The Township of Russell is pleased to announce that 3,000 “Handy Hooks” will be delivered to health care facilities across the Prescott and Russell region, helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

The Canadian International Hockey Academy (CIHA) based in Rockland has coordinated with the Township of Russell to distribute 3,000 Handy Hooks to health care facilities in the Prescott and Russell Region. The United Counties of Prescott Russell paramedic team will be distributing the hooks over the next week to local hospital and long-term care home staff.

These “Handy Hooks” assist staff to perform tasks such as open doors, handles and to push buttons, limiting potential contact with COVID-19 on these surfaces. They attach using a keychain, creating a nearly contact-free task.

The Handy Hooks were generously donated by AJMK, a manufacturing company based in the UK. Kiernan Chung, a current student at the CIHA, has been assisting his parents in manufacturing the item.

We thank the Chung family for the generous donation to our health-care workers in Prescott and Russell.

“We greatly appreciate this kind donation,” says Mayor Pierre Leroux, Mayor of Russell Township.

“Every step we take together to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is a step closer to normalcy.”

About 3,000 of these handy hooks are being donated to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital and to long-term care homes.