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19-Nov-2020

Amid increased COVID-19 cases, Grey Bruce Health urges a return to basics, code yellow on horizon


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Over the past weeks, there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Grey-Bruce — as of November 18th there were 42 active cases, and close to 200 active high risk contacts in Grey and Bruce Counties. In addition, there has been a significant increase in the average number of close contacts for each case in the second wave compared to the first wave. The increases in these numbers are cumulative. If the trend continues, the case and contact management capacity, that we need to maintain control over the situation, will be challenged.

Based on the increase in numbers, most likely, the Grey Bruce Health Unit will be moving from the Green to the Yellow level of the Ontario's COVID-19 colour-coded framework in the imminent future. This means greater restrictions and enhanced enforcement — including operational restrictions on bars and restaurants, sports and recreational facilities, personal care services, retail spaces and other businesses — an outcome that none of us desires. Collectively, it is in our control to change course.

The increase in numbers is most likely an indication of people lowering their guards due to COVID fatigue; fatigue in maintaining essential public health prevention measures. It is important, as we enter the winter months that we re-focus our energy on the basic measures that we can control, and that are most effective at keeping us, and people around us safe – the same ones that got us through the first wave. These measures, including the 3 Ws are:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Watch your distance (ideally 2 m)
  • Wear your face covering correctly
  • Avoid crowds
  • Arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoors whenever possible
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid close contact (unprotected contact within 6ft of each other) with those from outside your household
  • Avoid travel to areas with higher transmission and minimize non-essential travel
  • Be kind, be calm, be safe

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“Some people say we are done with the virus. The truth of the matter, the virus is not done with us.” Said the top Grey Bruce doctor “The virus is not going to stop, until we stop it”. Grey Bruce Public Health continues to say that it is critical we stay focused on preventing the spread of the virus, and work together to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

For more information, visit our website www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 


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