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Message From the Medical Officer of Health


Dr. Arra


Dr. Ian Arra

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

MOH Seasonal Message

Seasonal Message Video

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 to double down to ensure we keep everyone safe.

In simple terms, we need to continue to follow the three Ws: Wash your hands frequently; Watch your distance (stay two metres apart); and Wear your face covering correctly (over the mouth and nose). I know there is fatigue with this message but it is a proven way we can stop the spread of the virus. Your actions will save lives.

As we approach the holiday season, a time we traditionally spend with friends and family, I urge you to limit your contact with those outside of your immediate household. By sacrificing this year to stop the spread, we will ensure we are able to celebrate the holidays next year and years to come.

The provincial COVID-19 framework puts regions that are holding the line in response to COVID-19 in the green. And for that reason, I think that instead of a white Christmas, we can all wish for a green Christmas this year.

Please enjoy a safe seasonal celebration, and make next year the best it can be.

Thank you.

Archived MOH Messages


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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