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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A Mother's Day Message from Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health

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A Mother's Day Message from Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health

A Mother's Day Message from Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health

May 7th, 2020

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!  It is the result of significant collaboration between all sectors and the public.  It will be some time before we can go back to normal, and until then, it means celebrating our mothers differently!

I am asking you to keep practicing, as we have been – do not visit people in other households, practice personal distancing of 2 Metres or more, and wear a face-covering when out and about to prevent your germs and viruses, if you have them, from spreading to others. Most important, wash hands frequently for 20 seconds or more. I do believe nothing flattened the curve more than hand washing, which is what our mothers have been teaching us all along.

So please, celebrate your mothers, but do so in line with recommendations.  The perfect gift for your mom this year is to keep her safe from COVID-19! Consider a window visit, a nice phone call, or try a video call if you have the technology.  Send gifts electronically, or if you must drop off a physical gift or flowers, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly without coming face to face. Trust me; she has known you all your life; she can remember your face.

Stay home, and say I love you – no other gift can replace caring for our mothers!

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Kind Regards,

Dr. Ian Arra

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