Our choices will determine the severity of the second wave

October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020 – Today Ontario is experiencing a record number of new COVID-19 cases. In our region, cases are present across all age groups suggesting evidence of community transmission. This is a critical time for our region and our province in the fight against this deadly virus. All residents must take individual steps to do their part to reduce the spread of this virus to protect all of us and keep our economy secure.

“In no uncertain terms, I am concerned by the continuing rise in cases and the risk they pose to our community,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “Each one of us must make a change in our behaviours immediately to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This is a critical inflection point for our region where our choices will determine the severity of the second wave of this virus.”

This Thanksgiving weekend, WDG Public Health urges citizens in our region to follow public health recommendations:

  • Restrict indoor meals to only those you live with.
  • For anyone you don’t live with, maintain physical distancing, use a face covering, practice good hand hygiene and consider outdoor and online options to connect with friends and families.

“I am watching cases closely and working directly with our health partners locally, regionally and provincially,” said Dr. Mercer. “The health and wellbeing of our community is of the utmost importance. If cases continue to rise, we will not hesitate to pursue additional public health measures to protect our region from COVID-19.”

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Media Contact

Danny Williamson
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4376