Board learns how data has assisted pandemic decision making – Toronto Star

Sept. 8, 2021

GREY-BRUCE – The main points of discussion during the Aug. 27 meeting of the Grey Bruce Board of Health involved the continuing pandemic.

Dr. Rim Zayed presented to the board a detailed report on how epidemiology has assisted, and continues to assist the health unit in decision making, focusing on COVID-19.

Zayed joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in February 2021, bringing extensive experience in public health practice, leadership, and academic teaching. She was the medical officer of health for Northern Saskatchewan and assistant professor of epidemiology and community medicine at Saskatchewan University where she led the COVID -19 response team for Northern Saskatchewan and the provincial TB prevention program. (Additional information about Zayed is available on the health unit’s website)

As she went through the data from various sources that come in daily and weekly, she showed how its analysis is used to support contact management, vaccination uptake and surveillance.

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