Durham residents urged to take ‘immediate actions’ to prevent spread of COVID-19

The following statement was issued today from Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham’s Medical Officer of Health:

We have seen over the past few weeks greater restrictions implemented in our neighbouring jurisdictions, Toronto and York, to help address the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

In Durham Region, we have also seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, but we have not yet been required to implement modified Stage 2 pandemic restrictions. It is important to note that locally, most cases were exposed to COVID-19 in the community, which means that the source of infection is unknown and assumed to be acquired somewhere in the public space.

We have an opportunity to take immediate actions to help prevent the re-introduction of stricter measures in our community. By working together and taking preventive steps, we can limit the spread of illness and avoid a worse scenario. This is why I am recommending that you:

  • Minimize, as much as possible, close contact with people outside of your own household.
  • Limit non-essential activities.
  • Continue to practise physical distancing.
  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands.
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering in all indoor (enclosed) public spaces and when physical distancing is challenging.
  • Remain home and self-isolate if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

I also ask that residents use good judgment and make safe choices when participating in regular activities such as dining at restaurants or exercising at a local gym. It is safest to dine at restaurants with people in your household and use public facilities at times when they are less busy and it is easier to practise physical distancing. Visit the Durham Region COVID-19 Data Tracker often to keep informed about the status of COVID-19 across the Region. Please continue to stay informed and stay safe.