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Chief Medical Officer pens letter asking to keep public health measures in place

December 9, 2021   ·   0 Comments

In response to increasing community transmission of COVID-19, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Charles Gardner, has issued an open letter to businesses, organizations, and residents, to continue to practice all public health measures to help reverse the increasing spread of COVID-19 in the area.

“We continue to see dramatic increases in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Simcoe Muskoka and these letters are a reminder that everyone in the community is required to protect each other from COVID-19, and to maintain and support our scarce health and public health resources,” said Dr. Gardner in a statement. “I recognize the hardships and fatigue you have all faced during this lengthy pandemic, and I sincerely appreciate the ongoing efforts of the residents, businesses, and organizations in Simcoe and Muskoka in protecting our communities. Together, we can reverse our increasing community transmission of COVID-19 and help usher in a safer holiday season ahead for our communities.”

“The collective efforts of the Simcoe and Muskoka community are required to protect each other from COVID-19, and to maintain and support our scarce health and public health resources,” the Health Unit continued. “This is particularly important during the holiday season and in the winter months, which is often a time of indoor gatherings and activities.”

Recommended protective measures include: Getting vaccinated; wearing a mask or face covering that covers your mouth, nose, and chin when in an indoor area; keeping gatherings to a small number of people outside of their household.

It is also recommended that business hosting holiday gatherings should keep the number of people to a minimum while maintaining social distancing.

If the transmission rate of the virus in Simcoe Muskoka does not stabilize or reverse, the Health Unit is considering reinstating capacity limits that were lifted by the province.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter



         


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