We know that COVID-19 cases are happening, but often we don't know where they are. Is that OK?
The Ontario Health Coalition says health units should be more transparent when it comes to identifying workplaces — places like restaurants, grocery stores and retail outlets — where cases of COVID-19 are being seen.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has reported more than other health units with the medical officer of health noting workplace outbreaks in manufacturing facilities and agricultural processing facilities in Simcoe County. The health unit has also noted a community outbreak connected to a hair salon in Barrie. They did not identify the salon, but did reach out to customers thanks to records kept by the salon.
The region's medical officer of health has stated the health unit would only name a business if they believed there was a risk to the general public and could not otherwise reach all of those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the business.
This story from a fellow Village Media site explains the Ontario Health Coalition argument that without the information about what workplaces are impacted, it's difficult to know what industries are hardest hit.
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