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CGMH Supports Public Health measures this Thanksgiving Weekend

Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) President and CEO, Norah Holder and Chief of Staff, Dr. Michael Lisi are in strong support of the Public Health measures being encouraged this Thanksgiving weekend, which asks individuals to celebrate with those in their respective households.

"Over the past few weeks we have heard a great deal about the rise in COVID-19 cases across the region, the province and the country. It is very important that we all do our part this weekend to avoid a surge in cases in the coming weeks," says Norah Holder, CGMH President and CEO.

With numbers on the rise, Public Health officials are stating that it's important to change behavious now, or face the potential that the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital, could be worse than in the spring of 2020.

"We understand that asking families not to gather in large groups this holiday weekend is tough," says Dr. Michael Lisi, CGMH Chief of staff. "If people are feeling compelled to gather, they should do so outdoors with appropriate social distancing, as its 20 times safer to be outside with increased air flow. Additionally, shared sources of food and shared utensils for serving should be avoided."

COVID-19 has demonstrated that it can increase exponentially at a rapid pace, and can completely overwhelm health care systems, as it did in Italy, Spain and New York in the spring of 2020.

"We could easily end up in serious trouble in a matter of weeks," says Holder. "Let's all do our part to stop the spread."

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