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Gray and Owen Sound end COVID-19 emergency declarations

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Gray County, Owen Sound and some other local municipalities will end their declarations of COVID-19 emergencies on Monday.

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The Gray Bruce Health Unit will also stop posting daily pandemic updates, to coincide with the county’s decision.

The departmental declaration, in place since March 26, 2020, will officially end at 12:01 a.m. on March 14. That of the city, set up on March 27, 2020, will end at 9:00 a.m.

Georgian Bluffs officials said in a news release that they and various other lower-tier municipalities in Gray would also end their reporting in tandem with the county.

The county’s decision was made after a Gray County Emergency Control Group meeting on Friday, according to a news release.

“Over the past two years, we have encountered several challenges as our communities and services responded to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gray County Executive Selwyn Hicks said in the statement. “Throughout this difficult time, the people of Gray County have shown tremendous resilience, adapting to diverse mandates and doing what was necessary to keep our communities healthy and our local economy moving. I am incredibly grateful for our unified strength and proud of our ability to persevere through these difficult years.

Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy also credited residents who observed the health protection measures.

“This crucial step in our return to normalcy is due to all members of our community who followed protocols, wore masks and got vaccinated,” he said in a city press release. “We have shown that we are resilient and resourceful, and that we can count on our frontline workers, first responders and essential service providers to respond in a difficult time. We’re not off the hook yet, but this is an important step in reopening and reconnecting with our city. »

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Gray’s decisions to end the emergency align with many neighboring counties and municipalities, as well as the province’s decisions to ease restrictions. The decision was made in consultation with the health unit.

“Grey County’s decision to end its declaration of a COVID-19 emergency is a very measured and positive step on the road to ending the pandemic. I commend the residents of Grey-Bruce for their commitment to public health requirements, recommendations and advice throughout the pandemic,” Gray Bruce Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra said in the statement.

The health unit will also end its daily reporting on the COVID-19 situation on Monday, an announcement it made Friday in its 724th daily update since the pandemic began.

There were 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 included in Friday’s update, updated as of midnight the previous day. The health unit has repeatedly noted that its case count no longer accurately reflects the number of cases in the community due to testing restrictions, but it does help show trends in infection.

There were four people hospitalized in Grey-Bruce and one local person hospitalized outside the counties due to COVID-19.

Although the declaration of emergency has been lifted, COVID-19 remains present in the area and Gray County has encouraged people to continue to monitor symptoms and stay informed of updates through Gray Bruce Public Health, the province and the federal government.

The city also noted in a Friday press release that COVID-19 remains in the community. Officials have asked people to continue self-screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before going to any facility in the city and to stay home if they are sick.