All Nations Health Partners Update on Kenora area COVID-19 situation – Joint release
The COVID-19 situation in Kenora is concerning and a State of Emergency was declared this week due to the surge in cases.
The local health care system and its staffing are now being impacted by the increase. Although health care providers and other sectors are working together to ensure public safety, it is critical that the public also plays their part in preventing the spread.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days. Close contacts of people with COVID-19 will receive information on what to do next - either from public health or from the case themself.
Due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, anyone who has a symptom of COVID-19 should stay home and avoid others.
Isolation centres have been set up to accommodate people who are unable to self-isolate at home. These centres follow strict measures and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Preventing getting sick requires us all to practice prevention measures. Your chance of contracting COVID-19 increases with the more people you come into close contact with. To reduce the likelihood of getting sick, wash your hands regularly, wear a mask when in enclosed public spaces, keep gatherings small, practice physical distancing, and stay home when you aren’t feeling well.
Gathering limits in Ontario are now 10 indoors and 25 outdoors – please note that a garage is considered to be indoors.
Our local heroes:
Be assured that local partners are meeting regularly to ensure the response to the current situation is comprehensive and supportive.
This work includes distributing masks, maximizing testing capacity, operating isolation centres, increasing booster dose vaccination clinics, managing staffing gaps, and working with provincial and federal partners.
Remember that the staff responding to the pandemic have worked tirelessly for nearly two years. As we enter the holiday season, these local heroes continue to put others first and sacrifice their own time off to protect and care for others. Please show kindness and gratitude to our health care staff – we are all doing our best.
To show appreciation, the public is asked to be mindful of the heightened risk of COVID-19 and adjust your holiday plans accordingly.
Sent on behalf of: Canadian Mental Health Association-Kenora (CMHAK) City of Kenora Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) Kenora Fellowship Centre Kenora Moving Forward Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) Ontario Provincial Police Sunset Country Family Health Team (SCFHT) Treaty 3 Police Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig (WNHAC)