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Statement from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health — Oct. 26, 2020

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*Please see below a statement from Halton Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

Statement from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health
October 26, 2020

I appreciate the inquiries from the media and working together to ensure the public is informed in a timely manner. Through this statement, I am hoping to address your questions and provide a consistent message to you and the public.

The relaxation of restrictions and individual attention to public health measures over the summer has led to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, creating a concerning upward trend this fall. Although daily COVID-19 case counts fluctuate, in Halton and elsewhere, the overall trends in Halton remain concerning. This is why I sent a letter to the community on October 19, urging residents to take additional steps to stop the spread, including limiting close contact to those within their household and limiting non-essential activities. I also recommended that team sports be limited to training only, that all indoor fitness classes be suspended, and that indoor dining take place only with those from the same household. These recommendations were made based on what public health now knows about COVID-19 transmission.

Public Health Units across the province have been working 24/7 to keep people safe and stop COVID-19 and we will continue that important work. Public Health Units will also continue to provide information to the Province daily on trends.

Every individual action matters and can make a difference. Thank you to everyone for staying in this together, taking this seriously and above all for being kind and respectful of one another.


PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages (and subscribe) and, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — that are updated as new information becomes available.

A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at

To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.

We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “Statement from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health — Oct. 26, 2020”

  1. Halton (and Burlington in particular) have done a very good job keeping things under control without completely devastating the local economy and jobs. Hospitalizations are minimal and everywhere I go (including my gym), people keep their distance, wear their masks, and sanitize their hands. We will not stop this virus, even with a vaccine, but we are keeping it controlled. The residents of Burlington and Halton are mostly doing what is necessary. Show us the facts.

  2. Seems like a released carbon-copy of what we’ve heard before. Would have been good if the statement had been signed & an expiration given as to why she recommended Halton go back to a modified stage 2, this seems to have fallen by the way-side. Is there more we should be doing or not?

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