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CLASS ORDER

MADE PURSUANT TO SECTION 22 OF THE

HEALTH PROTECTION AND PROMOTION ACT, R.S.O. 1990, c.H.7

 

DATE: November 28, 2020

 

To: All persons residing in or present in the health unit served by the Medical Officer of Health, in Perth County, Huron County, City of Stratford and Town of St. Marys who:

Have been advised to isolate and/or quarantine by Huron Perth Public Health, or a health care provider at/from an assessment and/or testing centre, emergency department or family doctor’s office for any reason related to COVID-19.

Where specifically directed by Huron Perth Public Health, to submit to an examination by a physician and/or a health care provider, which examination may include a test for COVID-19, and to deliver to Huron Perth Public Health the result of any such test for COVID-19.I, Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health of the Huron Perth Health Unit (operating as Huron Perth Public Health), order you to take the following actions, effective from 12:01am on November 29, 2020:

  1. Isolate yourself without delay in accordance with instructions provided by Huron Perth Public Health. This includes remaining in your home or isolation facility. Do not go outside, unless on to a private balcony or enclosed yard where you can avoid close contact with others. You must not have any visitors into your home except as permitted by Huron Perth Public
  2. Remain in isolation for a 14-day period that begins on the day on which you first show symptoms, are tested, or are diagnosed with COVID-19, whichever is earliest, or on the last day of close contact, unless otherwise instructed by Huron Perth Public Health in accordance with the current Ministry of Health guidelines as amended: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/ contact_mngmt/management_cases_contacts.pdf
  3. During the self-isolation period, conduct yourself in such a manner as not to expose another person to infection or potential infection from COVID-19.
  4. Keep away from vulnerable
  5. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing) by calling 911 and telling them of your COVID-19 related diagnosis or

The requirements of this Order are subject to necessary modifications for the following persons or class of persons:

  1. A person or class of persons who, in the opinion of the Medical Officer of Health, is asymptomatic and provides an essential service, for the limited purpose of providing that essential service;
  2. A person receiving essential medical services or treatments, whether or not related to COVID-19; or
  3. Where a person’s isolation, in the opinion of Huron Perth Public Health, would not be in the public

The REASONS for this ORDER are that:

  1. COVID-19 has been designated as communicable under Ontario Regulation 135/18, as amended. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The Province of Ontario has declared an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as a result of the pandemic.
  2. COVID-19 is present in the region served by Huron Perth Public Health and therefore poses a risk to the health of the residents of the region through community transmission. The COVID-19 virus is spread from an infected person to a close contact by direct contact or when respiratory secretions from the infected person enter the eyes, nose, or mouth of another
  3. To contain the spread of COVID-19, individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who are infected with COVID-19, as well as their close contacts, are required to isolate themselves from other people until they are no longer infectious or potentially infectious. Isolation ensures that these people will not spread their infection to

I am of the opinion, on reasonable and probable grounds, that: 

  1. A communicable disease exists or there is an immediate risk of an outbreak of a communicable disease in the health unit served by me;
  2. The communicable disease presents a risk to the health of persons in the health unit served by me; and
  3. The requirements specified in this Order are necessary in order to decrease or eliminate the risk to health presented by the communicable

I am also of the opinion that the delivery of notice of this Order to each and every member of the class is likely to cause a delay that could significantly increase the risk to the health of any person residing in the health unit, so notice shall be provided through the public media and internet via posting on the Huron Perth Public Health website: www.hpph.ca

The following definitions apply to this Order:

Close Contact: means you are caring for or living in the same household with someone who has COVID-19 or has otherwise been identified as a close contact by Huron Perth Public Health.

 

Vulnerable Person: includes a person who (i) has an underlying medical condition; (ii) has a compromised immune system from a medical condition or treatment; (iii) is 70 years of age or older; or (iv) is reliant upon a homeless shelter or other congregate living setting.

NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE THAT each member of the class is entitled to a hearing by the Health Services Appeal and Review Board if the member has delivered to me at the address below, and to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board, by email to hsarb@ontario.ca or faxed to the HSARB at 416-327-8524, notice in writing, requesting a hearing within fifteen (15) days after publication of this Order or otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE That although a hearing may be requested, this Order takes effect when it is delivered to a member of the class or brought to the attention of a member of the class.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS ORDER is an offence for which you may be liable,  on conviction, for a fine  of  a  minimum  of  $750.00  to  maximum of  $5,000.00  under the Health Protection and  Promotion  Act  for  every day  or part of each day on which  the offence occurs or continues.

Dr. Miriam Klassen

Medical Officer of Health and CEO Huron Perth Public Health

653 West Gore Street Stratford, Ontario, N5A 1L4

 

This Order shall be posted on the Huron Perth Public Health website: www.hpph.ca

Inquiries about this Order should be directed to Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133.