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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Public Health Says Don't Gather For Easter

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Passover and Easter are here and people are to stay home, don't make visits.

With the Jewish Passover underway and Easter weekend ahead, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is reminding people about social and religious gatherings.

Easter weekend begins this Friday (10th) which is a holiday.

The Health Unit says, due to the current global COVID-19 pandemic, many of our spiritual and culturally relevant traditional celebrations held at this time of year need to be postponed.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Ian Arra says in-person social gatherings with anyone from outside your immediate in-home family are to be avoided.

In a Bruce Power hosted Town Hall this week, Arra stressed that isolated people should not be socializing with other isolated people from another household. "It really goes against all the effort from all of us to minimize transmission," says Arra warning someone in one of those household may have picked up the disease and could still be asymptomatic and pass it along without realizing it.

Arra says public and social groups of more than five people (outside of your immediate family) are prohibited in Ontario.

The Health Unit notes, social connection is still vital, and they encourage people to find alternative ways during this season, to remain connected.  Some options include:
Phone or video chat with family and friends
Have an online dinner party.
Join a religious community service online or on television.
Write a letter or send a card.

Public Health officials maintain it's only with the combined help of everyone adhering to these guidelines that we can keep ourselves safe during this pandemic.

Meanwhile, Grey Bruce Health Services and the Health Unit have noted in the past that not everyone with COVID-19 is tested as there are not enough test kits for that. Far more people are just sent home to isolate and are never tested but very likely have the disease.



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