Ontario’s top doctor urging people over 70 years of age to self-isolate

COVID-19 can cause severe outcomes for those who are seniors

With the province on Monday seeing the biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases, Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is urging seniors to self-isolate.

” Given the greater risk of severe outcomes to Ontarians who are elderly, I am also strongly recommending that individuals over 70 years of age self-isolate. This means only leaving home or seeing other people for essential reasons. ” said Williams.”

He said seniors should consider options other than going outdoors to get what they need.

“Where possible, you should seek services over the phone or internet or ask for help from friends, family or neighbours with essential errands. This also applies to individuals who have compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions.”

Williams told residents of the province that the lives of many Ontarians, especially the community’s most vulnerable citizens, is in their hands and will depend on their actions over the coming days and weeks.

He strongly urged residents to stay home except for essential reasons, such as to:

  • Access health care services;
  • Shop for groceries;
  • Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
  • Walk pets when required; and
  • Support vulnerable community members with meeting the above needs.

To the fullest extent possible, Williams said people should also limit the number of these essential trips. When out, the doctor said people must continue to stay six feet away from other people to risk possible exposure to the virus.