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As we move into Step 3, keep doing what you can to avoid a step back: Health Unit

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang says local data continues to trend in the right direction though risk remains, also asking parents to make sure kids stay home from summer camp if they or someone else in the house is symptomatic

The Region says things continue to look up as we enter Step 3 of the province's reopening plan though it warns we all need to do our part to avoid a step back.

"As we enter Step Three, we now have to work together to safely reopen and stay open," said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health, Region of Waterloo Public Health during the region's weekly update. "Each of our daily actions can help us return to and enjoy everything our incredible community has to offer."

The health unit says key local indicators continue to improve including an incidence rate now at its lowest level since early-November of last year.

"Case rates, number of active cases, and number of active outbreaks continue to slowly decline," said Dr. Wang. "Hospitalizations have also started to decrease and remain stable at this time."

That said, Dr. Wang warns we shouldn't be expecting to see those numbers drop significantly yet.

"With the very high transmissibility and aggressiveness of [the Delta variant], the spread is not expected to slow quickly and we could have flare-ups," she said.

Our top doctor continues to advise avoiding closed spaces and crowded spaces and, when indoors, make sure the space in well ventilated and wear masks.

She's also suggesting we continue to lean more toward doing things outside than inside.

"Be cautious as you add more activities for you and your family," Dr. Wang said. "Consider who you would need to identify if you are exposed to or contract COVID-19."

"Consider those in your life who are at risk, such as those who are most at risk for serious illness as a result of COVID-19 or those who cannot yet be vaccinated," she said.

The region, meantime, is also urging parents to make sure kids are not being sent off to places like summer camps if they're showing symptoms.

"We are seeing more cases and outbreaks in camps," said Dr. Wang. "If you or someone in your household is experiencing any new symptoms of COVID-19, stay home."

"If you send a child to camp with symptoms, they can spread COVID-19 to other kids and staff and that group of children will have to be dismissed."

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