The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has advocated to the provincial government to be allowed to move into the Green category of reopening, alongside only two other regions in Ontario, said Cushman.
This is a testimony to the region’s hard work to comply with public health guidelines since the Dec. 26 lockdown, he said.
But Barry’s Bay has been an exception, which Cushman finds worrisome.
While there is no direct cause-and-effect link, the spread has been mostly within families, said Cushman. The area has also been the source of frequent complaints from local merchants about customers who do not comply with the mask or face covering requirements, he said.
“We have also heard about anti-mask demonstrations, and concerns about post-secondary students not complying.”
The Renfrew County district has been classified as a Green zone for over a week now and businesses are getting the chance to open again, said Cushman.
“The last thing we want to do is to jeopardize our status and clamp down yet again on the economy, or possibly implement more stringent rules in the neighbourhood of Barry’s Bay compared to else where in RCD.”
Constant attention needs to be paid to masking, distancing and proper hygiene, said Cushman.
“COVID-19 is a very social virus, especially the new strains and it goes without saying that we need strict adherence to our household and workplace contacts to limit the spread.”
NEW CASES IN QUEBEC
Quebec reported 666 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the fewest new COVID-19 infections since late September. A total of 282,122 infections have now been confirmed in the province since the first one was reported in February of 2020.
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