Town urges people to continue staying home during COVID

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The Town is urging people to “do your part” with regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

During Council’s Monday, February 1 meeting, Town CAO Blaine Parkin did not provide numbers regarding cases of COVID, but rather issued a plea en-couraging people to follow the guide-lines when it comes to leaving home.

The concern over a new strain of the virus making its way to the area is raising the alarm that close contact could cause that particular strain of the virus to spread rapidly through the region.

“This is not so much an operation update, but more of a plea or call to action,” Mr. Parkin said. “We have been saying it for a long time now and unfortunately, we need to keep saying it. We must absolutely work together, and we all need to do our part, and now more than ever is the time to stay home, stay safe, and save lives. We continue to see the devastating impacts of the CO-VID-19 virus. The death toll is rising as are the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and individuals needing treatment and care in our hospitals.”The new strain of the virus has already been detected at locations in Barrie and health officials are watching closely to see if the strain turns up anywhere else.“

A new and highly contagious vari-ant of COVID-19 has been confirmed inneighbouringcommunities and we understand it can spread through communities at an alarming rate,” Mr. Pa-kin said. “This virus does not respect geographic or political boundaries. The province’s stay home order requires each of us to stick with only our own household. We are all required to obey this order and only leave home for es-sential purposes such as going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, accessing health care services, exercise, or for es-sential work. No amount of policy from any level of government will be effective if people don’t adhere to it. Our messag-ing from the start has been simple – just do your part.”

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times