Health Unit Issues Isolation Order For Close Contacts & COVID-19 Patients Or Risk $5000 Fine

Posted: 2020-10-06 15:02:13 By: thebay

Simcoe Muskoka’s Medical Officer of Health issued an order to enforce COVID-19 self-isolation requirements today.

Dr. Charles Gardner, MOH for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit who issued the order says “Cases of COVID-19 are sharply on the rise and we need to make every effort to protect residents from potential exposure to COVID-19.”

He says the order enables the health unit to enforce existing self-isolation requirements for all individuals who have been advised to do so.

The order applies to any person in the County of Simcoe and District of Muskoka who are identified as a person diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results.  The order also applies to people who otherwise have reasonable grounds to believe they have one or more symptoms of COVID-19 or is a close contact of a person with COVID-19.

The order states that if you think you have any symptoms of COVID-19, use the provincial COVID self-assessment tool, and if indicated by the tool, get tested and self-isolate at home for 10 days or until your test result is negative for COVID-19. 

If you have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, which means being within two metres of that infected person for at least 15 minutes without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), you must self-isolate for 14 days even though you don’t have symptoms.

Individuals who fail to comply with the order may be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 for every day or part of each day on which the offence occurs or continues.