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Area Medical Officer of Health revokes Class Order under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act

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Effective immediately, Dr. Jim Chirico, North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit’s  Medical Officer of Health,  is revoking the Class Order under section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion act.

The Class Order came into effect on December 24.

The order served as a legal tool to allow the Health Unit to further enforce isolation rules for COVID-19.

Dr. Chirico says the community has reached a time in the pandemic where the class order no longer reflects the management of high-risk contacts, now that most of the population is immunized against COVID-19.

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“Revoking the Class Order represents how far we have come and how important immunizations have been in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Dr. Chirico says throughout the pandemic, the vast majority of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or were close contacts of a case have willingly self-isolated and No charges have been laid under the Class Order.

“It is important to recognize how well individuals who tested positive and close contacts have followed the self-isolation requirements throughout the pandemic,” says Dr. Chirico. “Without this compliance, I don’t know what our local situation would have been.”

The Health Unit says people who test positive for COVID-19 or those who are identified as unvaccinated or symptomatic close contacts are still required to self-isolate. Individuals who do not comply can still face individual Orders under Section 22; however, to date, no instances have required this type of action.

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