Stricter health restrictions in Coral Harbour as ‘significant increase’ in COVID-19 risk reported
Health Department points to ‘memorial gatherings’ in late September as source of exposure risk
New public health restrictions are in place in Coral Harbour, where a new COVID-19 case reported Saturday brings the hamlet’s total to three. On Friday, chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson announced the new rules that include the closure of all non-essential businesses, travel restrictions into and out of the hamlet, limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings and limiting restaurants to take-out only.
The first case in the hamlet of approximately 975 people was reported on Sept. 29. It was resolved last week. Two more cases were reported on Thursday.
The Health Department also issued an exposure notice Saturday, urging residents who attended a household gathering on Sept. 29 to isolate immediately for 14 days because of a “significant increase” in the risk they were exposed to COVID-19.
The exposure notice did not identify the specific location of the household gathering.
But on Friday night, chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson issued a statement saying the increased risk of exposure followed “memorial gatherings” in Coral Harbour “over a few days in late September and early October.”
On Friday, Patterson announced increased public health measures for the hamlet, including the restriction of all travel to and from Coral Harbour. Anyone wishing to leave or enter the community, other than those people who are fully vaccinated and who have received a vaccine travel exemption letter, must get Patterson’s authorization first, he said in a news release.
Other public health measures Patterson imposed include the limiting of indoor and outdoor gatherings to five people, prohibiting indoor gatherings at places of worship, gyms and libraries, the closure of all non-essential businesses and limiting restaurants to takeout-only.