Message From the Medical Officer of Health

 

Dr. Arra

 

Dr. Ian Arra

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

 

Letter to the community  

Two years ago this week, the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Grey-Bruce and the government of Ontario declared a state of emergency, effectively marking the start of the pandemic both locally and provincially.

We’ve come so far over the course of the pandemic and are now at a point where nearly all public health measures have been lifted and municipal states of emergency have come to an end.

Through it all, residents, community partners and organizations, municipalities and businesses in Grey-Bruce demonstrated a commendable commitment to public health requirements and guidelines and did everything possible to help curb the virus’s spread, protect the most vulnerable from getting sick and keep everyone safe. The community’s positive response to our call for the critical threshold was one of the many examples of our collective commitment. Another example is the region’s success in leading the way with a paradigm-changing vaccine distribution process that is being studied and used as a benchmark across the country.

We practiced the three Ws – washing our hands, watching our distance and wearing a mask. We respected gathering limits, postponed events, stayed home and worked from our residences, when required.

We got tested for COVID-19 and, most importantly, got vaccinated against the virus.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone in Grey-Bruce for these incredible efforts.

Thank you to the front-line health care workers and first responders who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Thank you to the teachers and students who pivoted several times during the pandemic from classroom to remote learning.

Thank you to the local political leaders –municipal and provincial –and their staff who enacted emergency orders and put in place other measures to protect their residents. Thank you to the media and community partners for helping public health to communicate our directives, guidelines and advice to the broader Grey-Bruce community. Information accuracy and timeliness, a function of credible media, has been indispensable to ensure individuals make informed decisions to protect themselves, their families, and the community at large.

Thank you to the long-term care residents and other vulnerable people who had to be isolated and away from their loved ones for prolonged periods of time, including special occasions, to help prevent the virus’ spread.

Thank you to the businesses and organizations who followed public health guidelines throughout the pandemic.

Thank you to the professional, hard-working Grey Bruce Health Unit team, which collaborated to deliver a second-to-none public health emergency response. We have been able to contain cases and deaths to an extremely limited number relative to other jurisdictions, and taken steps to protect our most vulnerable populations.

Our Board of Health has played a leading role in the public health response and I am grateful for their leadership and support during this difficult time.

Thank you to all the stakeholders and groups that are not listed here.

We are at this relatively positive point in the pandemic because of the sacrifices everyone made and the measures you took to safeguard not only yourselves and your families but your communities as well.

Yours very truly,

Ian

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM,

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer,

Grey Bruce Health Unit.

To connect with the medical officer of health, please contact:

Denis Langlois, communications co-ordinator,

Grey Bruce Health Unit 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1315 Communications@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 

March 17, 2022

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Family Day long weekend

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Halloween Message – (Considerations for Halloween)

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Halloween is a fun break from our everyday routines. For many people, anytime one remembers or thinks of Halloween, they most likely catch themselves smiling. Our children’s mental wellbeing desperately needs this type of smile during this time. However, with COVID-19 we all owe it to children to give them a safe Halloween.
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Seasonal Celebrations

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The year has come full circle, and here we are again, it is time to break bread in celebration of our many varying traditions in Canada. Depending on our celebratory customs, this may be a time to reflect and acknowledge all of which we are thankful.
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Medical Officer of Health Canada Day Message

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As we celebrate Canada Day it is important to reflect on the fact that the strength of our country lies in its diversity. 
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As a father of one, I understand everyone’s concerns about having children go back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I want to let you know that we have been actively engaged with Public and Catholic School Boards, and the private and rural schools throughout Grey and Bruce.  For the most up to date information, please visit our website or contact your school to see their plans.
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MOH Seasonal Message

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I don’t have to tell you 2020 has been a challenging year. In the fight against COVID-19, the people of Grey Bruce have met that challenge head-on. For that, I thank and commend all who have maintained the diligent effort to contain the spread of this virus.  I am confident there is a lot to look forward to in 2021.  The significant progress towards development of a vaccine provides a light at the end of the tunnel. That said, we still have several critical months ahead of us where we need t...
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Medical Officer of Health - Spooky Halloween Message 

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Halloween is a fun break from our everyday routines. For most people, anytime one remembers or thinks of Halloween, they most likely catch themselves smiling. Our children’s mental wellbeing desperately needs this type of smile during this emergency. However, with COVID-19 we all owe it to children to give them a safe Halloween – a modified Halloween.
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With Thanksgiving approaching, and as the Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce I am very thankful to everyone in Grey Bruce for the amazing support they have shown in truly investing in efforts to best position our communities for success in weathering the COVID-19 emergency, and keeping our families safe.
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Canada Day Message

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As the Medical Officer of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, and on behalf of the Board of Health and the Health Unit staff it is my pleasure to wish everyone a safe and healthy Canada Day. The current world-wide situation gives each one of us pause to reflect on what it means to be a Canadian…and in doing so, commit to a better future for our children.
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A Mother's Day Message from Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health
It is May, warmer weather is on the horizon, I hope, and the flowers are starting to bloom. It is a perfect time to celebrate the most important women in our lives, our mothers. During this uncertain time, of great success, but uncertain future, it is critical that we do not let our guard down when it comes to COVID-19.  We have been successful to date, in Grey and Bruce, to limiting the spread and reducing the negative impact that this virus can cause. I want to congratulate everyone on this!  ...
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