Ontarians urged to follow public health guidelines as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

 

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) is urging Ontarians to be vigilant when it comes to following public health measures including keeping their social circle small to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been on the rise in Ontario for several days--the number of new cases on September 14 was 313, the highest one-day increase in Ontario since early June.

“I know that people are tired of being vigilant all the time. Socializing outdoors all summer, while great for our mental health, has given us a false sense of security”, Samantha Hill, president of the OMA, said in a news release.

“As the weather gets cooler and we move indoors it’s crucial to remember that we must mask and practice social distancing with anyone not inside our 10-person social circle. This means if they aren’t in your circle you shouldn’t be sitting at a table with them in a bar, restaurant or at home," she continued.

According to the release, many of the new cases have been traced back to social gatherings including events in bars, restaurants, homes, and event venues.

Additionally, the OMA is reminding Ontarians the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus is to:

  • Practice physical distancing where possible
  • Wear a mask inside enclosed public spaces
  • Maintain a small social circle--no mor than 10 people
  • And frequent handwashing

“Ontario’s doctors will continue to provide their best guidance to the government on issues around reopening”, Allan O’Dette, CEO for the OMA, said in the same release.

“As schools open, we need to continue to contain the spread of COVID within our communities. We need to do the right thing and that means sacrifices in some areas may be necessary to keep kids safe and in school," he continued.

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