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Local Medical Officer of Health Reminds Residents to Stay Vigilant

The local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joyce Lock is reminding residents to be vigilant when it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19 after having 8 confirmed cases in the region over the past two weeks.

OXFORD COUNTY - The Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health, Dr. Joyce Lock is reminding residents to be vigilant when it comes to protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Dr. Joyce Lock is sending the message after eight cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by Southwesthern Public Health over a two week period. 

“As a community, we're tired. We want to let our guard down, but we can't. There are six active cases in our region. They range in age from teens to mid 50's. While the source of infection has not been traced in all cases yet, often it resulted from close contact with a friend or family member.” 

Dr. Lock says it is important to continue to follow the guidelines, stay in your bubble and wash your hands. 

“There are two pieces of information that are imperative for everyone. First, if you have been instructed by public health to self-isolate at home, you must do so. Second, physical distancing works. Our region is in Phase 3 of re-opening. It is really important to keep doing everything you can to protect yourself and those around you. Wash your hands frequently. Stay home when you are sick. Wear a non-medical mask. And importantly, unless you are in your social circle of ten people, keep 2 metres of distance between yourself and other people.” 

The public health unit is still operating its COVID-19 Information Line seven days a week between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. The number is 1-800-922-0096 x 9. Residents are encouraged to call if they have any questions, rather than relying on potentially inaccurate information circulating on social media.

You can listen to the Heart FM interview with Dr. Lock from yesterday below: 

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