‘Could happen anywhere’ Eastern Ontario region goes from Green to Red COVID Zone in a week

Medical Officer says reopening in Green sent wrong message

Lesson to be learned say health officials in Leeds, Grenville, Lanark Region.

It emerged from the provincial lockdown in February in the least restrictive Green Zone, was moved up a level to Yellow a month later, and a week after that found itself in the Red Zone.

The region set a record last week with 139 COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new cases within a seven-day period. 

The local medical officer of health points to a curling club in Perth as the cause of a new outbreak in the region.

Dr. Paula Stewart says reopening in Green likely gave residents the wrong message and they relaxed a little more than they should have.

None of the cases has been identified as a Variant of Concern (VOC). The spread, says Stewart, has been caused by close contact with many people not wearing masks.

Stewart says it’s critical to follow precautions, adding what has happened in her region could happen anywhere.