GBHU reminding residents to follow isolation protocols and for employers to get employees vaccinated

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The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reminding symptom free household members where an individual is symptomatic with COVID-19, to self-isolate at home.

They should not not attend work, school or childcare.

A media release said those who are symptom-free should monitor themselves and get tested at the first sign of symptoms related to COVID-19.

And parents are being told they must not send children that are symptom-free to daycare, camp or youth activities when there is someone else in the household that has symptoms.

Residents are being urged to follow the COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance every day before sending a child to school or childcare.

The GBHU is encouraging everyone who is eligible to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

GBHU is  also calling on area employers to develop a vaccine policy and strongly urge employees to get the COVID shot.

In a release the health unit says COVID-19 can see staff off work, businesses closed to the public, loss of revenue and could even lead to a short and long term loss of your client base.

It says a policy that urges eligible employees to get the vaccine and giving them time off to do so can mitigate those risks. They are recommending any business that wants to implement mandatory vaccination policy talk to legal counsel.

From July 1st to July 15th, 95 per cent of cases in the two counties were among people who were not fully vaccinated. The vaccine reduces your risk of getting the virus and if you do, makes it a lot less likely you will develop severe illness leading to hospitalization or death.

**With files from Kate Stockmann**