CMOH Urges Continuous Approach to COVID Safety

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, said yesterday and urges continuous approach to COVID safety, after there were two more cases in NL.

She likened the pandemic to a “tsunami” and said travel restrictions and self-isolation alone won’t halt the spread of the illness. She urged people to continuously play their part.

This means maintaining social-distancing from others, limit your contacts to your closest family and friends.

Fitzgerald said travel brings the virus to the province, but social gatherings, failing to self-isolate and failing to follow public health guidelines are what spread the illness.

All non-essential travels should be avoided. Nova Scotia now has confirmation of community spread in that province and she recommended anyone considering travel to that province to remain vigilant.

Dr. Fitzgerald warned that special measures orders may have to be considered following complaints related to a lack space to allow social-distancing in some bars restaurants and other public indoor spaces.

This is not the time to relax public health guidelines and complaints are being investigated. She said if the complaints continue she will consider strengthening special measure orders now in place.