With additional pandemic-related restrictions expected to be announced across Ontario, Renfrew County's top doctor is feeling disappointed, but admits it is necessary.
Renfew County and District Health Unit Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Cushman says the introduction of new restrictions will be difficult for businesses and for those suffering from 'COVID-fatigue,' but must be done.
"It's the right thing to do -- it's very important," Dr. Cushman explains in an interview with CityNews. "We're into wave three with the variants and we've got to do something about it quickly."
He adds, his health unit's area saw a dramatic change in its COVID-19 situation over the past week, due to three variants presenting themselves in the region.
According to Dr. Cushman, the health unit was advocating to be moved into the province's 'red-control' tier of its COVID-19 response framework at the same time Ottawa was requesting to be placed into grey-lockdown.
In order to to reduce the spread of the virus in Renfrew County and the district, Dr. Cushman is urging residents to limit close contacts, not to let their guard down while on breaks in workplaces, and not travel into any areas outside the health region.