The board of well being for Haldimand and Norfolk counties has confirmed the just lately employed Medical Officer of Well being, regardless of the controversy that surrounds him.
The board held a gathering Monday evening to make the affirmation and focus on the problems round Dr. Matt Strauss, like his extremely crucial views on lockdowns as public well being measures to struggle COVID-19.
Social media posts from the assistant professor at Queens College, which expressed these opinions, led to requires his removing as the highest physician in Hadlimand and Norfolk.
It’s important within the public well being debate to maintain an open thoughts and take a look at issues via totally different views,” stated Norfolk County Mayor Kristal Chopp.
Tweets from Dr. Strauss, like one on the finish of August that learn “dwell free or die”, have some locally involved over the path he’ll take for the realm.
“The native medical officer of well being doesn’t have the authority to overturn provincial public well being orders,” stated Chopp. “So how I might reassure my very own constituents, if the province determined to subject one other lockdown or masks mandate, is that each one these issues would apply equally right here in Haldimand and Norfolk counties.”
After the prolonged closed session, which included enter from authorized counsel, the appointment of Dr. Strauss handed eight to at least one.
Chopp says she can also be not satisfied lockdown are an efficient public well being police and welcomes Dr. Strauss and his view.
“I sit up for somebody with Dr. Strauss’ background to be there across the desk with the opposite 34 Medical Officers of Well being and, in a fact-based method, problem a few of these assumptions,” she stated.
Dr. Strauss official assumes the function Tuesday morning. He’s anticipated to handle Norfolk County council to elucidate his imaginative and prescient and the explanations behind the controversial tweets.