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Thorold Mayor concerned over rise of COVID-19 in young people

Says residents must follow public health advice – 'We can't afford to let up now'
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Mayor Terry Ugulini urges residents to follow the bylaw and recommendations from public health. Photo: Thorold News archive

Enjoy the long weekend – but take care of each other and respect the new face-covering bylaw.

That is the message from Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini as a week with a significantly higher daily case count comes to an end.

"We can't afford to let up now. It is crucial that we follow the by-law and recommendations from medical professionals. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay socially distant when you can," said Ugulini to Thorold News.

Like many others, he followed the reporting this week after 21 cases were reported on Tuesday in a cluster largely centered around young people and residents of Niagara Falls.

"It concerns me that so many cases are popping up in the younger age group. Young people have been held back for so long now. They get a break, and away they go. But what many forget is that we are taking these safety measures not only for ourselves but for each other as well."

Niagara saw the first case of COVID-19 on March 13.

Shortly thereafter the City of Thorold decided to close down public facilities, parks, and municipal offices as the curve was pointing sharply upward.

As Stage 3 rolled in, and many amenities started welcoming visitors back, the daily numbers have been at a higher level than before, going from around 2-3 cases daily in June with several streaks of 'zero-days', to around 5 cases daily.

Ugulini said he is concerned with the recent developments but says the region's approach to controlling the infection is the right way forward.

Businesses are now required to post messages outside their entrances, as well as provide hand sanitizer.

Thorold's recently appointed business development manager has been in contact with local business and the region is offering templates for posters that business owners can put up by their entrances.

More information about the bylaw can be found here.




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