This Version Posted: May 8, 2020
Dr. Lynn Noseworthy
Medical Officer of Health
HKPR District Health Unit
When will life get back to normal? Or will it given COVID-19?
After weeks of staying home, practising physical distancing and self-isolating, we are all probably wondering what the answers will be to these queries. One thing we do know is that the rate of illness due to the coronavirus is slowing due to our prevention efforts.
Thank you everyone in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes for doing your part! We may not all be in the same boat, but together we are weathering the same storm. The pandemic has helped to highlight the connections that we all share, and the important role that each of us play in our communities.
It’s not just health care providers, first responders, essential workers, caregivers and volunteers who have come together to fight the spread of COVID-19. All of us are supporting them by doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Now, as we start to see more businesses opening and some people returning to work, it’s tempting to want to go back to life as it was before COVID-19. The fact is, however, that the public health measures which have protected us and helped to flatten the curve are more critical than ever. So let’s keep on practising physical distancing, limiting large gatherings and being diligent about cleaning, disinfecting, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and – most importantly – self-isolating if we have any COVID-19 symptoms. These measures will need to continue, even as some restrictions are lifted.
Together, we can take slow and measured steps towards establishing a new normal for our communities, but only if we continue our hard work in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
As the well-worn saying goes, keep calm… and carry on with what we’re doing. Our efforts to stay safe, stay healthy and stay home is working to save lives!