Local Medical Officers of Health summarize latest COVID information

A COVID-19 rapid antigen test. File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / Eugene_Sim.

COVID-19 is continuing to show signs of slowing down in Ontario, and that’s also the case in Grey-Bruce, and Huron Perth.

Medical Officer of Health for Grey Bruce Public Health, Dr. Ian Arra, says all indicators, from daily case counts, to outbreaks, and even deaths, are trending downward.

“All in all, we’re moving in the right direction. Nevertheless, when people are in a situation where there is crowding, it is recommended to wear a mask if people have a high risk of acquiring the disease.”

Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Dr. Miriam Klassen agrees signs are promising, however there is more than meets the eye.

“We are past the peak of the sixth wave now. However, it’s important to know that our testing criteria is still very limited. We know that the positive case counts still only represent a fraction of the true number of cases.”

Dr. Arra credits rising immunity due to vaccines, and says GBHU continues to support vaccine rollouts.

“We provide support for pharmacies and primary care settings to ensure vaccine deliveries. We also have clinics in the community in different areas. We encourage the public to stay up to date [on their vaccinations].”

Dr. Klassen says they’ve already given almost 310 thousand COVID-19 vaccines in Huron Perth, and 84% of the population has had at least one dose

“We are still offering vaccine clinics across Huron Perth, as a reminder, to anyone 5 and older. Vaccines are also available at many pharmacies. We also have clinics organized up until June 30th.”

With most restrictions lifted, Dr. Klassen says we can all look forward to a more “usual” summer.

“We won’t be as restricted by public health measures, such as capacity limits, and of course there’s more opportunities to be outside. We’re going to be able to engage in a lot more activities, safely.”

Dr. Arra says his best advice is to enjoy yourself and take time to improve your mental health.

“We are in a relatively positive position, so people can be reassured. Ensure they have good mental health and attempt to [improve] relationships that might have not been optimal during the pandemic.”