As more public health restrictions are lifted, it is important to keep in mind that COVID-19 is still present in our communities. The pandemic is not over. However, we have many “tools” in our pandemic toolbox.
Each one is a layer of protection that helps lower the risk of this virus being passed on to others. Combined together, they reduce the risk of COVID-19 impacting our schools, workplaces and heath care system.
Everyone’s efforts to continue being cautious will limit the spread of illness and protect our communities overall. This is what will help us get back to doing the things we enjoy.
As we adapt to living with COVID-19, we will each have different levels of comfort. The protection measures we choose will be based on a risk tolerance that reflects our own particular circumstances, and those of people around us.
Some individuals are more vulnerable to COVID-19, meaning the risk of infection and severe illness is greater for them. They, and those they have close contact with, are encouraged to take additional precautions. This includes people who have not received all recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccine, especially those who are older, those with certain medical conditions and women who are pregnant or have recently given birth.
As always, it’s important for everyone to show kindness and respect to each other. Be understanding that the decisions people make are based on their own personal situation and what is right for them.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19, TBDHU encourages everyone to continue with layers of protection.
As we learn to live with COVID-19, TBDHU will continue to:
- Monitor the COVID-19 situation in our communities and work with office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health if indicators begin to trend in a concerning way.
- Keep our community informed of ways to protect themselves from COVID-19.
- Collaborate with various community partners.
- Conduct case and contact management in highest risk settings using the most updated public health guidance.
- Support schools, workplaces and other settings to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
- Enhance infection prevention and control programming in various places, especially high-risk settings.
- Living With and Managing COVID-19 - Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Public Health Measures and Advice - Ontario Ministry of Health
- Layers of Protection from COVID-19 Poster (PDF)
- Couches de protection pour réduire le risque de COVID-19 (PDF)