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COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

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Today, as part of the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Grey Bruce, Dr. Ian Arra is asserting the federal requirement under the Quarantine Act for all individuals returning from international travel to immediately self-isolate for fourteen days from the date of their return to Canada.

Self-isolation means that you should not leave your home or have others visit you. You should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours for essential errands. 

 Dr. Arra warned individuals or groups of persons who fail to comply with the requirement, and owners/managers of multiunit-dwellings who fail to ensure compliance in their buildings/properties will be subject to an order issued by the Medical Officer of Health under Sections 13 or 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

13 (1) A medical officer of health or a public health inspector, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a health hazard.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 13 (1).

22 (1)  A medical officer of health, in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (2), by a written order may require a person to take or to refrain from taking any action that is specified in the order in respect of a communicable disease.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 22 (1).

(2)  A medical officer of health may make an order under this section where he or she is of the opinion, upon reasonable and probable grounds,

            (b)        that the communicable disease presents a risk to the health of persons in the health unit served by the medical officer of health; and

(4)  An order under this section may include, but is not limited to,

            (a)        requiring the owner or occupier of premises to close the premises or a specific part of the premises;

            (c)        requiring any person that the order states has or may have a communicable disease or is or may be infected with an agent of a communicable disease to isolate himself or herself and remain in isolation from other persons;

            (h)        requiring the person to whom the order is directed to conduct himself or herself in such a manner as not to expose another person to infection.  R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7, s. 22 (4); 1997, c. 30, Sched. D, s. 3 (2).

As there is a provincial Declaration of Emergency and several municipalities in Bruce and Grey Counties, have also declared an emergency. The MOH, Dr. Arra, is strongly recommending against all non-essential travel to and from Bruce and Grey Counties.

 All of us must respect social distancing and physical isolation requirements. Community-wide efforts are at the forefront of curbing the transmission of COVID-19:

 Maintain social and physical distancing, at least two metres, or six feet away from others

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow
  • Avoid touching your face and cleaning hands before touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, especially those that are high-touch areas.
  • If you are ill, stay at home and keep yourself away from others.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness
  • Avoid all non-essential activity as recommended and declared by the province of Ontario

Dr. Arra is recommending this to protect the health and safety of all Grey Bruce residents and visitors. Every social interaction that does not take place will help in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and in turn prevent spreading the virus to vulnerable groups, including older adults and people with pre-existing health conditions.

 If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province until further notice.

The OPP is committed to the health and safety of its members and the public. OPP facilities remain open during regular operating hours, with enhanced screening to ensure the health and safety of the public. Detachment phone numbers are available at opp.ca/detachments

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks. Checks will only be conducted if deemed to be necessary, or for emergency circumstances.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please contact your local detachment in advance.

In addition, the OPP has set up detachment-specific email addresses to deal with non-emergent services
and inquiries. These email addresses are now also available at opp.ca/detachments.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting.

The OPP thanks the public for helping us to keep our communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

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The majority of Municipalities of Bruce and Grey have come together with community partners to undertake Community Safety and Well-Being Planning - this process involves the identification of risks across Bruce and Grey related to safety and well-being, and then the creation of a plan to address priority risks, taking a crime prevention approach.

Residents of Bruce County and Grey County are invited to complete our short online survey in order to share with us your ideas about the current state of well-being and feelings of safety in the people of Bruce and Grey so we can work together to focus on local actions to improve the quality of life for everyone. This survey is completely anonymous - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Click Here To Complete Survey

Please Note: To obtain a paper copy of the survey, please contact your local Municipal Office.

For more information, please visit: https://cswbp-brucegrey.ca/community-engagement

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