Local COVID-19 Risk Index Remains in “Moderate”

Written by Comms Team, August 18, 2022

Residents Encouraged to Stay Up-to-Date with COVID-19 Vaccines

August 18, 2022

Peterborough Public Health’s Local COVID-19 Risk Index remains in the “Moderate” level this week as the COVID-19 virus shows steady transmission across the region.

“I am cautiously optimistic to see that transmission is remaining steady,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “However, with colder weather around the corner, we anticipate transmission will increase as more people are gathering indoors.”

Dr. Piggott is reminding residents to revisit COVID-19 prevention measures to protect themselves against the virus, “Let’s get back to the basics. Mask use, outdoor gatherings, staying home when you are sick, and staying up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines continue to be very effective tools to keep you safe against COVID-19.” Dr. Piggott emphasized the importance of the Local COVID-19 Risk Index as a tool to help individuals make personal decisions around their health. Current guidance recommended under the “Moderate” level is to,

  • wear a mask in high-risk indoor settings or when interacting with high-risk individuals
  • limit indoor social gatherings to no more than 25 people, and
  • limit attendance at high-risk indoor settings

Increased precautions are important for those at risk of severe disease including those not yet vaccinated, with medical risk factors for severe disease, immunocompromised states and the elderly.

Dr. Piggott emphasized the importance of remaining up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations. “The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best protection against severe disease related to a COVID-19 infection,” said Dr. Piggott. “At this time, residents 6 months of age and older can walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccines at the Peterborough Public Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic.”

For COVID-19 vaccine eligibility guidance and clinic calendar and clinic location, please visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/vaccineclinics

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Gill, A/Communications Manager

705-743-1000, ext. 352