Arra thanks community as COVID numbers fall

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Grey-Bruce’s COVID case count added just three new cases Sunday, the latest sign that pandemic precautions are paying off.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra thanked the public in remarks included in the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s daily situation report Sunday afternoon.

“Thank you Grey-Bruce communities; keep up the great work!” he said. “The number of cases continues to decline.”

It’s “most reassuring” that about half of the new cases were already identified as close contacts of a confirmed case, and so were already in isolation during the past week prior to testing positive themselves, he said.

“Having already been in isolation means there will be no secondary transmission from these cases to others.”

He noted most cases have provided complete details about where they’ve been and with whom, which helps contact-tracing and case-management staff minimize the risk of more transmission from these cases, he said. That had been a problem recently.


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“Contact tracing exceeds provincial targets with 100 per cent of all cases contacted within 24 hours,” the situation report said.

Friday Arra said Grey-Bruce has wrestled the surging COVID-19 third wave to manageable levels and this wave has peaked thanks to everyone doing their part.

Sunday’s report was current as of midnight Saturday. It said two of the new cases were from Georgian Bluffs and the third was from Brockton.

There have been 1,209 cases of the pandemic virus confirmed in Grey-Bruce, including 282 cases of variants of concern. Currently there are 32 active cases involving a variant, which are more easily transmitted, produce symptoms sooner, can be more dangerous and hit younger people harder.

In all, health unit staff are following 56 active cases and 209 high-risk contacts.

Three people are in hospital locally, in addition to seven transferred in from other health unit jurisdictions. Those imported patients are all in intensive care. The report attributes five deaths to COVID.

There currently are no outbreaks related to schools, hospitals, daycare centres, long-term care or retirement homes.

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