The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit launched a COVID-19 Enforcement Hotline today at 519-428-8019. Southwestern Public Health does not have plans to launch a similar hotline at this time.
OXFORD/ELGIN/ST. THOMAS - Southwestern Public Health does not have plans to have an enforcement hotline for people refusing to self isolate at this time.
The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit launched COVID-19 Enforcement Hotline today at 519-428-8019. The London Middlesex Health Unit launched a similar hotline last week.
They are designed to give the public a place to report neighbours, friends and others who are not following the Provincial guidelines. Examples would include someone who is supposed to be in self-isolation, a neighbour having a party, or people ignoring public closures.
They do not currently have plans to launch a hotline like that in the Southwestern Public Health Region. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock says the hope is, that people will just follow the guidelines.
"Locally we are trying through multiple avenues to get the message out for people to abide by the directions themselves. We would much rather see cooperation with each individual person and each individual family taking responsibility for their part in controlling the transition of COVID-19, than to use by-law officers or a neighbourhood information line."
Dr. Lock says they are hoping that everyone follows the message of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
"I'm hoping and asking that all our community citizens take on their personal responsibility for themselves and for their community and follow the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and stay home unless it is absolutely necessary."
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