Mandatory masks to come | Brantford exhibitor

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With two new cases of COVID-19 in the community, interim medical officer of health Elizabeth Urbantke said on Tuesday that a decision to legislate on mandatory masks in indoor public spaces could be in a few days.”We have been recommending face masks for over a month,” Urbantke said during his biweekly teleconference with reporters.

“We are strongly considering (recommend mandatory masks). It is another tool to protect the community. It protects others. If a person wearing a face mask coughs or sneezes, (the mask) contains it. It just shows respect for your community. ”

Urbantke said that with the opening of more businesses and services, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain a six-foot radius from others inside.

“It doesn’t have to be all the time and everywhere, but in close circumstances, do your part for the community and help keep us safe.”

She said a final decision on recommending mandatory masks will likely be made at the emergency operations advisory committee meeting on Wednesday morning, which will include the city, police, health agencies and school boards. dealing with security.

This safety issue was back on the table this week after two different companies reported that a worker was positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Lowe’s said that a worker who was last in the store on June 30 had the virus and the Burford LCBO said that one of his workers was also positive.

Urbantke said the LCBO case is being handled by the Halton health unit since the employee lives in this area and will not be counted in the Brantford-Brant statistics. This employee last worked at the Burford store on July 4.

The Lowe worker was not someone who had a lot of interaction with the public, said the doctor, but 14 other employees were identified as close contacts and all were directed to self-isolation and provisions for the test. So far, no additional positive tests have been returned for staff or customers, but anyone who was in the store from June 23 to 30 is encouraged to self-monitor for potential symptoms and get tested if she wishes.

Lowe’s said 25 workers were self-isolating, but a health unit spokesperson said the company was just trying to be cautious.

The two business cases ended a single day when Brantford-Brant had no case of active virus known in its newspapers.

“It was a great feeling,” said Urbantke.

“Once again, I must congratulate the citizens of the region for doing all the hard work. I know it has been difficult, but there are many examples, not only south of the border, but in places like Kingston, which behaved well and then started an epidemic. This reinforces the need to do basic things like washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you’re sick. ”

Urbantke also announced that the Brant County Health Unit is preparing to hold clinics that were canceled due to the brutal school closings in March.

“Many scheduled vaccination clinics for students have been suspended,” she said.

“While our main goal remains to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must not lose sight of our efforts to fight vaccine-preventable diseases. ”

The clinics, which will be located in various locations in the city and county, will be aimed at students in grades 7 and 8 who need hepatitis B, HPV or meningitis vaccination. Urbantke said they would be managed under strict security guidelines.

For more information, visit the health unit’s website, www.bchu.org, or call 519-753-5937, ext. 451.

On Tuesday, Brantford and Brant had a total of 124 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with two active cases and these two were recovering at home. Four people in this area have died from the virus since mid-March.

There are no known active cases in neighboring Six Nations or New Credit. These regions have so far experienced 14 cases and one case of a pandemic.

Haldimand-Norfolk has had 444 confirmed cases at this point and has seen 32 deaths from the virus. Currently, 381 people in this region have recovered, which means that there are 42 active cases.

In Ontario, a total of 36,060 cases were reported on Tuesday, an increase of only 112 new cases. To date, the province has registered 2,691 deaths from the virus, including only two on Tuesday.

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