* 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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Medical Officer of Health - Spooky Halloween Message 

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Medical Officer of Health - Spooky Halloween Message 

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.

 

 So here is the thing. If you are unwell, don’t even think about it. Stay at home and away from others. Virtual Halloween is all you’ll find on our menu. Just skip to the end of this message.

 

 If you are part of a household, rather than the traditional trick-or-treat, we encourage you and your children to explore alternative ways to celebrate. Have your own Halloween-themed party at home. Be creative; dressing up, decorating, crafts, carve a pumpkin or carve a dozen pumpkins, and scavenger hunts are some ideas for all ages.

 

 If you are a child in Grey and Bruce, you are in luck. If you choose to go out to trick-or-treat, we encourage you to only go out with members of your household, do not congregate in groups, keep social distances, and wear a face covering – a costume mask doesn’t count. Choose a costume that makes wearing a mask or face covering easy. Remember the usual Halloween safety practices, dress for the weather, wear reflectors, watch for traffic, and check overall treats before eating. If offering candy, allow for touchless trick-or-treating.

 

 If you are over 18 years old, as a responsible adult, kindly skip Halloween this year. The less people participate, the less is the risk. Let’s focus our efforts on ensuring a safe Halloween for children. With so many Halloweens under your belt, I hope we can skip it this year without any difficulty. Unlike children, you don’t qualify for Medical Officer of Health recommendations of indoor parties. In fact, adult-themed Halloween parties, especially parties where alcohol is available, are strongly discouraged. They are a recipe for spreading the virus- a scary recipe. By scary, I don’t mean Halloween scary; I mean real life-and-death scary; emotionally-scaring scary. As we saw with Thanksgiving, parties encourage people to mix and mingle and spread the virus. Even if people recovered from COVID-19 as an illness, the damage to their lifelong friendships and relationships in close-net communities may not recover that well. If you must gather, consider outdoors and limit the numbers. It is the letter of the law to have less than 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors. If you are wondering, the answer is “NO”, these two numbers are not to be combined; either indoors or outdoors.

 

 Please remember the Three Ws, Watch your distance, Wash your hands, and Wear a mask.

 

 To learn more on enjoying a safe Halloween and to avoid becoming an acquaintance with our Contact Tracers through receiving a gazillion phone calls from them in 14 days from Halloween, please visit our website.

 

Let's make Halloween safe and enjoyable for everyone. And I remain,

Yours very truly,

Dr. Ian Arra

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