SaultOnline is currently awaiting further comment from APH in regards to the Easter Weekend party.
Two emails have gone unanswered over the past several days. These emails asked for a statement in response to important questions to which the community would like answers:
- Why was this Garden River address published after the contacts were provided in full by the homeowners?
- How can APH be sure that all contacts from the Easter party were contacted without resorting to the same measures?
The silence on the part of APH in response to these questions leaves the community with bigger looming questions.
In a statement to SooToday this week, Jon Bouma offers this comment: “In general, we do not comment further on individual cases, or issue potentially identifying details, in order to protect the confidentiality of health information. We directly notify close contacts of their risk, and provide public health guidance and direction.”
Certainly, these same protective measures should have been applied when looking back to previous parties in which a personal home address was published in a press release by APH.
With the recent spike of daily local cases in Sault Ste Marie the significant majority due to “close contact”, the community is voicing concern that this may be linked to the Easter weekend gathering.
Sault Police Services offered little insight into the developing situation:
“We are aware of a potential gathering that took place around Easter weekend. We are actively investigating this with Algoma Public Health. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
As for the incident in Garden River, that is not our jurisdiction and we are not able to comment on that incident.”
SaultOnline has reached out the Anishinabek Police to clarify details on the New Year’s Eve Garden River gathering in which three charges were laid under the Reopening Ontario Act. We have yet to receive a response.
Diane, a good friend of the Garden River homeowner who was charged, commented to SaultOnline via zoom, seen in the video link above.
Stay with SaultOnline as we follow this developing situation.