Peterborough’s medical officer of health is reminding area residents of new measures announced by the province on Friday as Ontario enters a second wave of the spread of COVID-19.
“Stay with your household, stay local, and always wear a mask indoors when you are outside your home,” Dr. Rosana Salvaterra says in a press release. “We are pleased to see these more stringent measures implemented across the province, because if followed consistently, they will reduce the number of cases and protect our most vulnerable residents from exposure to the virus.”
Changes to the province’s COVID-19 defense plans mean a one-day shutdown for the drive-thru testing center at Eastgate Memorial Park in Peterborough.
The Peterborough Regional Health Center announced on Saturday that the closure is necessary to allow healthcare workers to prepare for the service to become by appointment next week, according to the provincial order.
The center, operated since the summer as part of a partnership with Peterborough Public Health, PRHC and Peterborough Paramedics, will reopen from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with an appointment testing service starting Friday.
Details on how the appointment-only service will work will be announced in the coming days.
Testing at the CHRP’s COVID-19 assessment center will continue. To make an appointment, call 705-876-5086 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and health workers will perform an assessment before making an appointment.
Call volumes are high, advises PRHC. Anyone with severe symptoms of COVID-19 should go to the emergency room or call 911.
Salvaterra reminds residents of the Town and County, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation that while a local masking directive was already in place, the new provincial regulations go further by requiring that masks are worn in all indoor environments, including places of worship, workplaces, businesses, facilities and organizations, with a few exceptions.
The province is also asking people to limit contact to only members of their household. People who live alone are allowed to connect exclusively with another household, which will affect Thanksgiving gatherings, the health unit notes.
Restaurants and bars will continue to operate under the rules in step 3. “Make sure you are seated only in groups in your household and wear a face mask if you have to leave your table,” says Julie Ingram, manager. environmental health at Peterborouogh Public Health,
Stricter measures are in place for the region of Peel, Toronto and Ottawa, and Salvaterra advises against non-essential travel, particularly to these regions, noting that recent local cases have been exposed to COVID-19 outside of the region of Peterborough.