Chatham-Kent’s Medical Officer of Health will not apologize for keeping his community safe.
Effective immediately, Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent, has issued a class order pursuant to Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7. This order is in place to protect members of the community from the spread of COVID-19.
This order is issued to all residents and people present in Chatham-Kent who: test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms compatible to COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, and/or have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
In other words, those who have COVID-19 or those with symptoms who knowingly go out in public have been put on notice.
Under Section 22 (5.0.1) of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, a Medical officer of Health may make an order to a class of persons who reside or are present in the Health Unit served by the Medical Officer of Health to take or to refrain from gaining any action that is specified in the order in respect of a communicable disease.
Failure to comply with this order is an offence under the Health Protection and Promotions Act, for which you may be liable, on conviction, to a fine of not more than $5,000 (for a person) or not more than that $25,000 (for a corporation) for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs and continues.
Colby understands this might not be the news people want to hear.
“George Orwell once said, ‘If freedom means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear,’” said Colby. “I will not apologize for fulfilling my mission to keep this community safe.”
Individuals who meet the above criteria must ensure they abide by the actions listed in the order to protect the community of Chatham-Kent from the spread of COVID-19. This includes the following:
- Comply in good faith with community screening at workplaces, businesses, schools, child care facilities or other organizations;
- Isolate immediately if directed by C-K Public Health;
- Remain in isolation from the community if positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms, waiting for test results or have been identified as a contact of a confirmed case until further direction is provided;
- Keep away from vulnerable persons (if in isolation, experiencing symptoms, waiting for test results or is a contact of a confirmed case) such as those with underlying medical conditions, a compromised immune systems, people over 60 years of age, and those living in a group living setting;
- Provide close contacts’ names and phone numbers for contact tracing;
- Seek medical attention if your illness is worsening;
- Inform C-K Public Health if you need assistance with resources during your isolation period;- Follow all instructions given by C-K Public Health.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News