Niagara’s Interim Medical Officer of Health warns of crossing the Canada-U.S. Border – .

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Niagara’s Interim Medical Officer of Health warns of crossing the Canada-U.S. Border – .


Niagara’s acting medical officer of health is urging some caution as the United States prepares to reopen the land border with Canada.

Dr Mustafa Hirji is asking people to consider postponing travel across the border because the prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States is higher than here at home.

“What we see when we look across the border is that COVID-19 traffic is nine to eleven times higher depending on whether you are going to Erie County or Niagara County. . Which means there’s nine to eleven times the risk once you go through it. So that basically erases any benefits you have from the vaccine – it’s going to balance out. “

Overall, he says he has seen a gradual decline in cases in Niagara, “So we’ve spent most of this week we have had most days of cases under 20. That’s a pretty big change from even a month ago and it’s despite having cooler weather, a period in which we thought cases might increase. We find that the schools have relatively few infections, so we keep these schools safe. But Hirji adds that there could still be a bump due to Thanksgiving celebrations and other indoor gatherings as the temperature continues to drop.

The Canada-U.S. Land border is expected to reopen to non-essential travel for fully vaccinated Canadians on November 8.

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