A section 22 order made by North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is not being broadly used here according to Algoma Public Health.
The order in North Bay allows police and health officials to have people taken into custody (in a hospital or other appropriate facility) if they can’t or are not complying with self isolation requirements during their self-isolation period.
It is in response to multiple complaints stating people are not complying with the regulations requiring them to stay home.
Algoma Public Health Unit Dr. Celeste Loewe the Public Health Resident Physician says they have the ability to make such an broad order is not necessary at this time.
Algoma Public Health has the ability to issue an individual Section 22 order to a specific person to achieve compliance if need be. This can be done for any reportable communicable disease that puts public health at risk,” said Loewe. “We have done this in the past, and we will use this enforcement tool where warranted.”
She continued to note to this point Algoma Residents have been responsible and compliant with public health direction with regards to COVID-19.
APH continues to monitor the situation and frequently re-evaluates courses of action they may need to take.
They remind people If you know someone with COVID-19 or is self-isolating, you can support them in many ways. Run some errands for them or deliver groceries. You can also connect with them virtually to let them know they aren’t alone.