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,



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


March 17, 2022

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Family Day long weekend

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Family Day long weekend


Monday is Family Day in Ontario – an opportunity for people to spend some much-needed time with their loved ones.

This long weekend comes on the heels of the provincial government’s decision to accelerate the easing of many pandemic-related restrictions, effective today.

As a result, social gathering limits will be higher this weekend – up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors – and capacity limits will be lifted for many indoor settings where proof of vaccination is required.

We know the past few months have been a particularly difficult time for many. The COVID-19 pandemic is approaching the two-year mark, Omicron forced us to revert back to Step 2 of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen in early January and we’ve just passed the midway point of another Grey-Bruce winter.

We know many will people are itching to gather this weekend and get back to normal.

However, the Omicron variant is still circulating in the community and it’s not the time to drop your guard just yet.

While we encourage everyone to enjoy their Family Day long weekend, we ask that you do so safely and continue to adhere to the public health restrictions and guidelines that are still in place.

We also discourage people from relying on the results of rapid antigen tests and do not recommend asymptomatic testing.

Our message is clear: if you’re feeling unwell, stay home and isolate whether you test positive or negative on a rapid test.

We ask you to continue to practice the Three Ws while socializing with individuals who are not in your household: Wash hands frequently; Watch distance (at least 2 meters); and Wear face coverings correctly. We also ask you to minimize the number of gatherings you attend and arrange for outdoor activities instead of indoor activities whenever possible.

Most importantly, we urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s your best defence against severe disease and complications.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. And we’re getting close to reaching it.

But we must remain vigilant until that happens.

I wish you a happy and healthy Family Day.


Dr. Ian Arra,
Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health.



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