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Local officials are urging more compliance and support from the community

As COVID-19 rapidly spreads in Waterloo Region
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At the beginning of the pandemic, throughout Waterloo Region, many community members adhered to all guidelines put in place from the Province or Region of Waterloo Public Health. 

The community also showed so much support to people who serve on the frontlines. 

As the region continues to get through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that community support and adherence may be dwindling, however. 

During Friday's regional COVID-19 update, Chair Karen Redman mentioned that the region is hoping that providing community responses regularly will give people more confidence. 

"That there is a raft of professional people, whether it's paramedics, firefighters, police, and social workers that are all working to make sure we are all supported through this pandemic." 

After Redman made her remarks, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said there are a lot of professional resources that are working on various aspects of COVID-19, but they cannot do it alone.

"We need help from the community because the drivers behind the spread are mostly in the hands of our community members. We are seeing spread due to less adherence to the recommended measures." 

Lee Fariclough, President of St. Mary's General Hospital, shared a similar message and added everyone must remain vigilant, as there is nothing worse for a frontline worker coming home after a long shift to see a party going on in their neighbourhood. 

"I know myself, I felt this during the first wave when we were still managing things in long-term care facilities, and we started to see this kind of behaviour, and it's extended."


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