Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is now in the second wave of the fight against COVID-19, as we collectively head into month eight of the pandemic.

“Please follow the health guidance. Please download the COVID Alert app. Please get your flu shot this year, it’s absolutely critical.”

“If we can get everyone to take these simple steps, we can tip the scale and avoid the worst. We know we are in the second wave. We know that it will be worse than the first wave. But what we don’t know, is how bad the second wave will be."

Ford’s comments come as the Northwestern Health Unit has confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Sioux Lookout, Rainy River, the Dryden / Red Lake area and Kenora in the last 6 days.

Residents are asked to assume COVID-19 is spreading within your community, and to always practice preventative health measures such as social distancing, wearing a mask and staying home if you’re sick.

“The reality is, it’s up to each of us. Together, our collective actions will decide if we face a wave or a tsunami,” Ford added.

The province has also announced hefty fines for those caught breaking the new social gathering limits of 25 people outdoors and 10 people indoors, which cannot be merged together. Organizers face a minimum fine of $10,000, while those attending will face a $750 fine.

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