Dr. Piotr Oglaza, health worker for the KFL & A region of Ontario, has implemented collection restrictions for private homes to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
The new order comes as Oglaza announced 32 new cases added on Friday, bringing active cases to another record high of 267.
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“At this point, I have not seen any signs that the censuses are turning plateau or moving past the top and going down,” he said in a press briefing Friday.
The doctor says a new Section 22 executive order limiting assemblies in households to just 10 people will take effect on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. 12:01.
Oglaza did not disclose an end date for the order, saying it is unclear whether it will be lifted before the holiday begins.
Currently, the region is in the province’s “red zone” from its old color frame – from Friday, the color code metric will once again appear on the local COVID-19 dashboard.
Oglaza said the order will only be lifted when he sees cases fall.
“If we start moving in the positive direction towards orange, yellow, this is the time when this order will be reconsidered, whether it happens throughout December or not, it is unknown at this time,” he said.
Still, Oglaza noted that the region has a chance to get things under control before the holiday season, which is precisely why he is implementing the new class order about a month before the holiday.
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He also noted that he will be monitoring cases over the next month to see if further restrictions will be needed.
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Currently, about 50 percent of cases are transmitted in household environments, but Oglaza confirmed that the initial exposure to these households often comes from an unknown place in the community.
Still, he added that contact tracing has shown that places where there is evidence of vaccination and masking requirements do not contribute significantly to the spread, so he is keeping up with the traditional Community-wide restrictions that have been used in the past, which he says may not be . Effective.
“With regard to further constraints at the Community level, these would need to be designed very carefully to address where we see the risk and not to influence in types of settings, places and activities that have not been shown to result in this proliferation,” he said.
For now, Oglaza hopes that this new order, along with other measures he has taken to further screen school-age children, along with the opening of vaccines for the 5-11 age group, will help curb the near-meteoric rise in local cases. prior to the holiday.
“What it addresses is the understanding that we are in the middle of the fourth wave and we need to change our behavior,” Oglaza said.
Additional provisions in the class order will require anyone hosting a private gathering to keep a list of names and contact information for guests that must be available to KFL & A Public Health upon request within 24 hours.
The executive order also states that those who hold meetings must be able to provide other information to the health unit for the purpose of contact tracking.
Failure to comply with the order will result in fines of up to $ 5,000 for each day or portion of each day the offense occurs.
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