Below is a transcribed version of the statement made by Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Acting Medical Officer of Health, on April 14, 2020.
I want to first start by giving everyone an update of where we stand as far as key statistics.
In Brant, we currently have:
· 67 Lab confirmed positive cases, this includes one death
· 32 Resolved cases
· 570 Negative tests
· 20 cases are a result of suspected community spread transmission
· 29 cases are close contacts of a confirmed case
· 11 cases are travel related
· The transmission of seven cases is still under investigation
· Seven individuals are currently hospitalized
There are currently no active long-term care or retirement home COVID-19 outbreaks.
The outbreak at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre was declared over on Sunday, April 12. All of the pending tests remaining from staff and residents have come back negative.
An outbreak is declared over when there are no new cases in residents or staff after 14 days from putting the last case into isolation.
Today, we released content on our website that details for Brant residents who they can report COVID-19 related complaints to. We’ve been working with our partners in the City, County, Ontario Provincial Police and Brantford Police Service to help streamline for residents who they can report complaints to depending on the nature of the complaint.
As has always been the case, violations of provincial orders and/or city or county bylaws will result in the attendance of City or County Bylaw Officers or Brant County Health Unit Inspection Officers, supported by a member of Brantford Police Service or Ontario Provincial Police, if necessary.
The severity of each infraction in relation to its potential risk to public health will be considered when taking enforcement action.
Consistent with existing enforcement approaches, BCHU, City and County will take a graduated approach to compliance. This could mean providing educational messaging or warnings to members of the public around the emergency orders and, if compliance is not obtained, the issuance of a ticket.
Between March 30 and April 13, BCHU has responded to 64 complaints from Brant residents. 56 were in regards to a lack of physical distancing, five were workplace related and three were related to self-isolation violations.
Education was provided in most cases. In a few cases, owners or individuals were given warnings. No tickets have been issued to date from BCHU enforcement officers.
In addition to the response of complaints, BCHU enforcement officers also conduct daily, proactive, general education visits to establishments like grocery stores, banks, small delis, dollar stores and pharmacies to ensure the number of people inside is reasonable, line ups are managed for distancing and staff are aware of their responsibilities.
As we’ve been stating repeatedly, we need everyone to be taking provincial orders and public health directives seriously. Issuing tickets is one tool in our tool box to ensure the public understands the severity of what we are dealing with here. We also hope it’s one we seldom have to use.
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