Areas with the lowest number of cases, positivity rates, and community transmission levels fall into a green category with the most permissive rules. The color-coded system then moves upwards with increasingly stringent measures through yellow, orange and red, rounded off by a gray « blocking level » in which the strictest protocols would be implemented.
ONTARIO MINISTRY OF HEALTH
The Mayor of Norfolk says it is more important than ever that local residents follow public health protocols regarding COVID-19 as the province has improved its risk assessment for both counties of Norfolk and Haldimand.
« We really don’t want our local businesses that are already struggling with COVID-19 to have to shut down as part of a provincial lockdown, » said Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp, who is also chairman the Norfolk and Haldimand Board of Health said in a news release Friday afternoon.
“But given the scope of the province, this will be the unfortunate reality if we cannot keep the case numbers in our region under control. This is why it is so important that we continue to follow public health guidelines as the holiday season begins to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. ”
Chopp’s statement coincides with the downgrade of the local health district by the province from « Yellow-Protect » to « Orange-Restrict » on Friday afternoon. The Ford government took the move in response to the steadily increasing daily number of COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed in Norfolk and Haldimand over the past few days. Additional restrictions and precautions will take effect on Monday.
During the summer and early fall, Norfolk and Haldimand could go for days without new confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Confirmed cases, however, have increased dramatically in recent weeks with the approach of winter and the highly anticipated « second wave » of infections.
The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit reported Friday that there have been 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the health district in the past two weeks. Infection numbers reported in the past few days are among the highest since the global pandemic was declared in March.
The province sets a number of measures when placing a health district on « Orange-Restrict. “These measures are designed to protect public health and prevent further business closings, some of which already exist in Haldimand and Norfolk. The measures include:
The province continues to advise avoiding all non-essential travel from high transmission areas to low transmission areas. High-speed areas in Ontario include the Peel Region on the west side of Toronto and the City of Toronto.
« Our community has witnessed firsthand the devastating consequences of COVID-19 outbreaks in high risk environments, » says Dr. . Shanker Nesathurai, Norfolk and Haldimand’s Medical Health Officer. “For the health and safety of all Haldimand and Norfolk residents, I urge everyone to stay home unless there is a compelling reason to leave the country.
« In addition, it should be noted that some activities – such as eating with others – continue to present a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19. ”
Staff at Haldimand and Norfolk have implemented advanced COVID-19 safety protocols in all facilities in the county and are currently not anticipating any significant changes to community services. Affected user groups will receive procedural updates.
Windsor-Essex County has been moved to Red Control. This is the next level of Haldimand and Norfolk if infection rates continue to rise.
Hastings-Prince Edward County, Lambton County and the Northwestern Health Unit have in turn been “Yellow-Protect. ”
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