Health unit beaurocracy

Dear editor,

I can’t believe how irresponsible the NWHU is regarding the reluctance to let communities know where Covid is showing up. I have written letters previously to the editor of both the Chronicle Journal and the Fort Frances Times to no avail regarding this. The NWHU medical director, in a response to my letters, indicated her reluctance to inform the community is to protect the individual. For heaven’s sake, there are 30+ communities in the Rainy River District alone. How is letting the community know jeopardizing an individual? It’s ridiculous and it’s putting whole communities at risk. She does not need to let people know who the specific individual is, therefore protecting their anonymity while still providing necessary information to the community at large. Covid is not something to play around with, especially when we, in our community, have so many vulnerable seniors. I’m beginning to wonder if it is the investigative journalists who are digging to find out the information everyone relies on and passing it along, as it shows up in newspaper articles and on news broadcasts, rather than on the NWHU website, where it should be showing up first and updated daily.

I find it disturbing that our regional top health professional seems to be playing fast and loose with the health and well-being of the general public at large. Even our town leaders are not receiving the necessary information, due to the NWHU’s restrictions, in order to keep their communities and residents safe. No wonder no one‘s paying attention anymore. They’re getting fed up. As for the constant drone of wash your hands, don’t touch your face, wear a mask, the reality has been drilled into everybody’s head so many times over the last year, the sheer repetitiveness has become a background hum. 

What we need to know now is precisely where is Covid happening so we can be more diligent in practising that message.

Diana Coulombe