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Mayor echoes public health call asking visitors to stay home

As Toronto and Peel enter lockdown Monday, local Public Health and Prince Edward County’s mayor are asking travellers not to flock to the area.

While there are no travel restrictions in the province, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health advises residents “to carefully consider how essential their travel and social activities may be, recognizing that any situation where there is close contact with others can increase the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.”

Hastings Prince Edward remains in the ‘green/protect’ zone with 15 active cases of the virus – 14 of which were reported over a seven day period.

“With these numbers, the local incidence rate of COVID-19 cases is 8.3 per 100,000 people,” HPEPH states, explaining that within the COVID-19 Response Framework, an incidence rate that exceeds 10 cases per 100,00 people is one of the factors considered by the province to determine if HPEPH should move into the yellow/protect zone.

Considering the population in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, HPEPH will exceed this rate if 17 new cases of COVID-19 are identified locally over a seven-day period.

“Please avoid travel to other regions unless absolutely necessary,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “Consider postponing invitations for visits from friends or family members who reside in other areas. Every new case in our region increases the risk of local spread and could severely impact our vulnerable loved ones.”

Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson echoed Public Health’s statement in his own call to those who want to visit here.

Now more than ever, we must be diligent in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID,” he said. “While we pride ourselves as being a welcoming community to all, it is my hope that people living in high-transmission areas reconsider visiting Prince Edward County at this time. We invite people to visit at a later date when it is safe to do so.”

He adds that with a slow down in people coming to the County, he understands tough times lie ahead for local businesses.

“I urge local residents to safely support our local businesses, particularly with Christmas approaching. Instead of ordering online from a big chain outlet, please consider buying from a local store. Support local business through curbside pickup and ordering takeout or delivery. Let’s do all we can to get through this together.”

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  1. Teena Karsai says:

    Houses should be bought to live in. Not as an investment. Full Stop!

  2. Mark says:

    if only 10% of houses are selling to locals, what is the full time population even sitting at right now? I looked at a house in Picton that sold for 200k over asking. Definitely those buyers are coming from a red zone but now that they’ve spent closed to a million on a house, they’re denied entry? What are other rural communities doing I wonder?

  3. angela says:

    Maybe, just maybe, real estate prices would drop a little to more realistic numbers and locals would stand a chance. County realtors have been having a field day for too long.

  4. Susan says:

    With the County having one of the largest senior populations in the Province, red zone visitors should be denied entry.

  5. Chuck says:

    Interesting that Prince Edward Island with 1 (one) case is requiring a 14 day quarantine for any visitor entries to the province.

  6. Mark says:

    Perhaps it would cool our real estate market making it possibly affordable for locals.

  7. Mark says:

    If 90% of recent home sales in the County are to people who live in the GTA, how can those owners be restricted access to their homes? They are as much a part of the community as full time residents. Restricting air bnb rentals won’t really have an impact as those rentals are owned and used part time by residents from urban areas. Also, what will the impact be on the real estate market if GTA, Ottawa and Montreal residents are prohibited from coming to the area…

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