Emergency brake activated for Sudbury and Districts region

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The Ontario government just announced that the Chief Medical Officer of Health is activating an “emergency brake” in the Public Health Sudbury and Districts region, moving it to the Grey-Lockdown level of the Province’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

“Implementing an emergency brake to immediately interrupt transmission of COVID-19 is a key component of our government’s plan to safely and gradually return public health regions to the Framework,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “We have seen a rapid rise in the case rate in the Sudbury area, and swift action is needed to protect individuals, families and businesses and save lives.”

The “emergency brake” is being used to stop the spread of COVID-19, guard against variants and protect public health while working to avoid overwhelming public health system capacity. Based on the latest assessment of date, the region’s case rate has increased by over 54% to just shy of 76 cases per 100,000 people.

“As a result of the rapid deterioration of trends in key indicators, the emergency brake is being applied to move Public Health Sudbury and Districts to Grey-Lockdown to help reduce further spread of the virus in the region,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We must remain vigilant in adhering to all public health and workplace safety measures to combat the threat posed by variants of concern.”

The public health region will move to Grey-Lockdown effective this Friday March 12, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. To learn more about the wide scale measures and restrictions, including closures, associated with Grey-Lockdown, click here.

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