* Vaccine Information and Clinic Schedule

* Children, Youth and COVID-19 Vaccines                        

* Third Dose Vaccine Rollout in Grey Bruce for Certain Immunocompromised Patients

* Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

Electronic/Printable Vaccine Receipt

* Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen

* The Grey Bruce IPAC Hub, as part of a Ministry of Health initiative, has officially made their webpage public. The hub provides IPAC expertise and support to congregate living organizations in the Grey Bruce area. Find the page here: https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Health/Infectious-Diseases/Grey-Bruce-IPAC-Hub

* Sexual health clinics are closed temporarily. If you need birth control prescriptions or STI testing, go to nearest emergency room. For condoms, visit our office during regular hours.

Message From the Medical Officer of Health

 

Dr. Arra

 

Dr. Ian Arra

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

Grey Bruce Health Unit

 

Seasonal Celebrations

 

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.

Let us continue to be thankful for some of the most valuable things we hold dear in life, family, friends, good health and wellbeing. Let us work at creating an equitable society, free from prejudice and oppression. We have so much to be thankful for, and I hope we can focus on these things as much as possible this season!

In celebrating, the good things and recognizing the areas that we as individuals and society need to improve on, let us celebrate and reflect responsibly. One main strategy that we can all employ to ensure we keep ourselves, friends, and family as safe as possible is by following COVID-19 precautions and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

While we may want to see this pandemic in the rear view mirror, it is time for us to remain diligent as we, in Public Health, help to manage the various variants circulating in Ontario. While our vaccine coverage continues to climb, many of our families remain unprotected; hence, we need to adhere to Pubic Health recommendations, especially during times that we gather with friends and family.

So please, celebrate, and stay socially connected. Here are recommendations to help you do so safely:

If you are hosting a gathering, including Thanksgiving dinner, for Diwali, etc.…

You may have a gathering with people you don’t live with. However, it is important to remember that knowing someone does not reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Keep following good public health practises.

If you choose to host an in-person gathering:

  • Do not exceed the gathering limit of 25 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
    • You should have the fewest number of people possible at your party or gathering and use outdoor spaces whenever possible.
  • Provide all the necessary supplies, including hand sanitizer, soap and water.
  • Open windows, if possible. (if an indoor celebration is planned)
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Ask guests to not attend if they have symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Make a list of guests attending in case public health needs it for contact tracing.
  • Remind people of public health guidance to follow during the event.
  • If you choose to serve food or drinks at your party, you should:
    • Wash your hands before and frequently during preparation and serving; and;
    • Have everyone wash their hands before and after eating.

If you choose to attend an in-person gathering:

  • You should not attend if you have any symptoms, even if they are mild.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly throughout the event.
  • Consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19.

As we move through this season of joy and thanks, let’s continue to be kind and thoughtful of all, and reach out a helping hand to those in need, and let’s continue to make small sacrifices for a bit longer to ensure we can all enjoy a safe and happy season full of happiness and joy.

From my family to yours,

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

 

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269 or d.ferguson@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

 

October 8, 2021

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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!

Follow this link to find the information that you need! CLICK HERE

 

Kind Regards,

Dr. Ian Arra

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