KFL & A MOH Announces Restrictions As Region Hits Highest COVID-19 Rates In Ontario – archyde

With the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) area continuing to see record breaking new COVID-19 cases on a daily basis, the area’s Medical Officer of Health (MOH) has announced new – or reintroduced – restrictions.

The graphic of the new COVID-19 cases in KFL & A from Wednesday, 15.15, 2021. Graphic via KFL & A Public Health.

On Wednesday, December 15, 2021, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, MOH for KFL & A Public Health, issued an exit strategy under Section 2 of Appendix 1 of Ontario Regulation 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3 and at the Roadmap. These regulations require KFL&A companies and organizations to “restore capacity limits and strengthen requirements related to masking, physical distancing and other public health measures,” KFL & A Public Health said in a press release on the same day.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in cases in multiple environments and sectors due to the new Omicron problem variant. Omicron is highly transmissible and has made the KFL&A region one of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the province, “said Dr. Oglaza in a statement. “Reinforced protective measures are needed to reduce the number of people-to-people contacts, slow down community transmission, and protect our businesses, schools, organizations, health care resources, workers and residents.”

In the 20-page instruction letter, Oglaza cites the spread of COVID-19 in KFL&A in the past few weeks and the remarkable increase in positive cases in the last week alone.

“KFL & A Public Health reported… 117 cases on December 12, 2021 and 100 cases on December 13, 2021. Including 471 confirmed and suspicious cases of the Omicron variant. KFL & A Public Health has the highest 7-day new case rate it has ever seen at 373.3 cases per 100,000 [people]“, It says in the letter.

“These rates are among the highest ever seen in the province in a PHU (Public Health Unit) in a week … With over 1,000 active cases and an active case rate 1.8 times higher than the next highest public health unit Health Unit in Ontario – 433 per 100,000 [people] versus 242 per 100,000 [people],” it goes on.

“The rise in COVID-19 cases is not tied to a single environment or industry, so extensive measures are needed to reduce the number of people-to-people contacts. Transmission is widespread – especially among those 18-29 year olds, who have low vaccination rates and high case numbers – and KFL & A Public Health is experiencing a record number of COVID-19 outbreaks. “

As of Wednesday, December 15, 2021, KFL & A Public Health reported 39 active outbreaks in the region, including 291 cases – nearly 25 percent of the current 1,186 cases (the most active cases in the region since the pandemic started.)

What the new restrictions mean

KFL&A residents can read the entire instruction letter herealthough they are mostly actions that need to be taken by businesses and organizations. Public Health highlighted the following points in the letter:

1) Reinforce the critical importance of Public health actions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

  • Continue to operate in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and instructions under the ROA, 2020, in addition to these instructions that impose one or more additional requirements not in Ontario Regulations 364/20 are included.

2) Restore the repeal of the recent provincial changes Capacity limits and physical distance Requirements in the Step 3 rules. This affects the following companies and organizations:

  • Meeting and event spaces, including conference and convention centers
  • Restaurants, bars and other eateries without dance facilities
  • Facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities, including areas for spectators within these facilities and areas where personal fitness instructors give instructions in these facilities
  • Places where commercial film and television productions take place
  • Concert halls, theaters and cinemas
  • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centers, landmarks, historical sites, botanical gardens and similar indoor attractions
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming venues
  • Horse races, car races, and other similar venues
  • Amusement parks, in relation to indoor areas
  • Fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals and similar indoor events
  • Companies providing travel and tour guide services including guided hunting trips, tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries, fishing charters, horse riding tours, indoor walking tours and bike tours
  • Companies that offer boat tours if the company is otherwise in accordance with Section 30 of Appendix 2, O. Reg. 364/20
  • Companies and institutions that may choose to provide evidence of mandatory identification and vaccination:
    • Real estate agencies in relation to open houses hosted by the real estate agency
    • Companies that provide personal hair or body care services, including hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, beautician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo parlors
    • Indoor leisure facilities
    • Outdoor recreational facilities in relation to indoor clubhouses
    • Photo studios and indoor services
    • Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centers, landmarks, historical sites, botanical gardens and similar indoor attractions
    • Amusement parks, in relation to indoor areas
    • Fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals and similar indoor events
    • Companies providing travel and tour guide services including guided hunting trips, tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries, fishing charters, horse riding tours, indoor walking tours and bike tours
    • Companies that offer boat tours if the company is otherwise in accordance with Section 30 of Appendix 2, O. Reg. 364/20

3) strengths Masking requirements for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities and organized public events and tighten up Collect boundaries for organized public events. This affects the following companies and organizations:

  • Facilities used for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities
  • Organized public events, indoors and outdoors

4) Change Sports To Achieve physical distance in facilities used for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness activities.

“It is truly remarkable how far we have come with nearly 90 percent of eligible people vaccinated in the KFL&A region; However, given the widespread spread of the virus in our community, our response must also be widespread to reduce overall mobility and personal interactions. COVID-19 must not be underestimated, “added Dr. Oglaza added. “Every action is important – this means that any additional public health action you take will reduce the chance of getting infected and developing severe acute or long-term symptoms of COVID-19.”

The best way for individuals to protect themselves against the new worrying variant of Omicron is to:

  • Get a full vaccination and get a third dose if necessary.
  • Check for symptoms of COVID-19 daily, stay home, isolate yourself, and get tested, even if symptoms are mild.
  • Avoid social gatherings and limit the attendance of others or guests.
  • When indoors, keep a distance of 2 meters from people you do not live with and wear a mask.
  • Consider roadside pickup, delivery, or alternative shopping hours, especially if you’re at a higher risk of illness.
  • Clean your hands frequently.

Additionally, KFL & A Public Health reviewed how and where people in the area can get COVID-19 tests and offered the following information.

COVID-19 testterm bookable online or by phone at:

Reference-www.nach-welt.com

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