Community update regarding COVID-19 data reporting

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT) and North of Superior Healthcare Group (NOSH) have been committed to keeping residents of our catchment area informed about the COVID-19 risk in our communities. 

Due to changes in provincial COVID-19 data reporting, testing and overall pandemic response, your healthcare team can no longer easily provide quality information relating to the number of active COVID-19 cases in our communities. Therefore, MFHT and NOSH will no longer be publishing regular COVID-19 dashboard updates. 

Although we may not have access to detailed local COVID-19 data, we can confirm that COVID-19 is still present in our communities. The recent outbreak at Wilson Memorial General Hospital, where 10 individuals (both inpatients and employees) were infected with COVID-19 and 1 person died as a result, is an example of how quickly the virus can circulate and how serious this infection can be for high risk members of our communities.

Now that fall and transmissible illness season is upon us, individuals are encouraged to consider their personal risk level, and the risks they pose to those around them, as they head indoors and may choose to participate in activities that can increase the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 and influenza. They are also encouraged to stay home when sick, except to seek testing or medical care if required. It is recommended to stay home until symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if they had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea) and no fever is present.

Moving forward, your healthcare team will inform you about the risk of transmissible illnesses in our communities as best we can.