Simply three areas within the entirety of Ontario have moved out of the shutdown and into the Green-Prevent level of the province’s COVID-19 framework, however one native medical officer of well being is warning that travelling and socializing will seemingly land any area proper again in lockdown.
Dr. Rob Cushman, the medical officer of well being for Renfrew County and District (RCD) Well being Unit, shared his message with members of the general public in a YouTube video this week.
The physician defined that circumstances have remained optimistically low within the space and, not like Toronto, residents can now get pleasure from buying, consuming in eating places, going to bars and getting a haircut in consequence — however they need to nonetheless keep away from journey between areas and partying with associates.
“We now have to be extraordinarily cautious as a result of you recognize, as soon as this virus will get into our group, it might probably wreak havoc in a short time,” he mentioned. “And fascinating sufficient, the circumstances we have had have all come from journey.”
Cushman mentioned the 2 issues that at all times trigger bother within the area are journey and socializing, and he’s particularly involved contemplating this weekend is each an extended weekend and Valentine’s Day.
“That is no time for partying. By no means. Please, please, please. As a result of we are able to blow this. We will spoil it on a weekend and we’ll pay for it later,” he mentioned.
“If want be, we’ll need to do a U-turn and return right into a lockdown. You do not need that, I do not need that. And whereas the numbers are bettering in Ontario, little doubt you’ve got heard concerning the variants. This can be a very harmful scenario.”
The area’s prime physician additionally defined that Ontario residents from different components of the province shouldn’t be visiting Renfrew County below any circumstances, one thing folks from Toronto have been guilty of in the past.
“I do not need folks to journey. Do not invite your family and friends as much as Renfrew County for the weekend or, for that matter, sooner or later. And please, please do not go away Renfrew County until you completely need to,” he mentioned.
“Our newest circumstances all got here into the group and contaminated the households the place these folks visited and, fortunately, there was no additional unfold locally. So that is what we’re coping with, actually, journey and socializing.”