Increase in cases requires ‘doubling-down’ with preventive measures

There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week in Grey Bruce, specifically related to public settings. We have seen cases related to personal care settings, as well as involving exercise related group activities and outbreaks in healthcare settings, and restaurants/pubs.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reminding individuals that the third wave of COVID-19 is likely. We cannot afford to let up on efforts to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 as we move toward widespread vaccine distribution.

As we near the end, doubling-down on our efforts will continue to help ensure that the residents of Grey Bruce remain as safe as possible. We call of workplace settings to also double down on their efforts.

We call on the public to put forward as much effort as possible to prevent this third wave. The initial message that kept us in a favourable position remains relevant – Watch your Distance, Wear a Mask, Wash Your Hands.

 General advice

Even if there is no longer a stay-at-home order in your area, staying home is still the best way to protect yourself and others. You are strongly advised to:

  • stay home as much as possible
  • avoid social gatherings
  • limit close contacts to your household
  • work from home if possible, and allow your employees to work from home if they can
  • avoid travel except for essential reasons

Follow public health advice:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • cover your cough
  • download the COVID Alert mobile app
  • get tested if you have symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or if you’ve been advised of exposure by your local public health unit or through the COVID Alert mobile app 

Close contact, face coveringsgatherings and events

– Limit close contact to your household (the people you live with).
– Individuals who live alone, including seniors, may consider having exclusive, close contact with another household to help reduce the negative impacts of social isolation.
– Maintain two metres of physical distancing from everyone else.
–  Wear a face covering or mask:

  • indoors, any time you are within two metres of someone outside your household
  • if physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • if wearing one is required
  • It is also recommended you wear a face covering outdoors whenever face-to-face with someone outside of your household, especially if you are within two metres
  • when meeting for permitted organized public events or social gatherings with individuals outside of your household.

–  Follow provincial and local restrictions for public and private gatherings.

For Workplaces

Follow all safety and preventive measure for your patrons and staff. See the links below for detailed information.

·       COVID-19 (coronavirus) and workplace health and safety |
·       COVID-19 (coronavirus) and your employment standards protections |
·       Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace |
·       Workplaces and Businesses (