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04-Jun-2021

COVID-19 outbreak declared in rooming house in Hanover


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Update:

The Grey Bruce Health Unit continues to manage a COVID-19 outbreak declared in the rooming house located at 315 10th St, Hanover. There is now an onsite Emergency Management Unit, consisting of multiple mobile trailers and a daily response team. This team includes EMS, Addiction and Mental Health professionals, food provision, primary care, and multiple consulting agencies.
There are 16 identified cases associated with the location and an additional 32 high risk contacts. The facility remains closed, however a number of individuals, both cases and high risk contacts, remain in self isolation in the residence. Others are isolating in other locations.
Upon the launch of this investigation, and the subsequent declaration of an outbreak, Public Health immediately brought together system partners and other stakeholders to develop strategies to ensure containment, but also, to ensure essential services and supports remained possible in the location. This response also recognizes the unique needs of vulnerable populations during crisis situations. We hope the public will also recognize these needs must be met as part of a comprehensive harm reduction and infectious disease containment strategy.
Resources included mental health, primary care, EMS medical monitoring and site coordination. Local food and social support organizations ensures the vital supports including food, water, clothing, essential care products. Public Health provided Harm Reduction, and Case and Contact Management Services in line with Provincial protocols and guidelines.
Public Health acknowledges and thanks the various organizations for their support.
  • Grey Bruce Health Service
  • Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM)
  • Mental Health Services
  • Grey County
  • EMS
  • Housing
  • Social Services
  • Ontario Works
  • Ontario Drug Benefit Program
  • Hanover Fire
  • Hanover Police
  • Salvation Army
  • OSHaRE
  • United Way
  • YMCA – Owen Sound-Grey-Bruce
  • Bruce Grey Child and Family Services
  • Hanover Family Health Team
  • Hanover Hospital – Medical Staff
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – Grey Bruce
  • Town of Hanover
  • County of Bruce
  • South West LHIN Homecare
  • Red Cross
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Pharmasave
  • Kristen’s Pharmacy

Public health remains the lead in all COVID-19 Outbreaks and Case and Contact Management and continues to manage a COVID-19 outbreak declared in the rooming house located at 315 10th St, Hanover. The facility remains closed.

Anyone who entered, visited or stayed at that location since May 26 is considered a high risk contact. They should self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they were present at the residence and should contact a local assessment centre for testing. They should remain in self isolation regardless of the outcome of the testing.

Working with community partners Public Health has been successful in establishing provision of testing, vaccinations, medical requirements, alternate housing, food and necessities for those in isolation. This includes coordinating specific logistics related to preventing drug and alcohol withdrawal for cases and close contacts in isolation.

Mental health supports are in place provided by the local services of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Local primary care physicians and nurses, the Hanover hospital, assessment centre and Grey County EMS are providing healthcare support. Addiction and detox prevention and safe supply options are provided by the Rapid Access Addition Management (RAAM) team, the Public Health Harm Reduction Program, the local pharmacies and the hospital.

Public Health is working with partners to ensure basic life necessities. Food security is coordinated through OSHaRE and the United Way. Provision of personal care kits is from United Way and Public Health. Site security is through the Hanover police and a private security firm hired by Public Health. We are working with Grey County social service for alternative housing.

Public Health is providing a mobile vaccine clinic for non-cases.


The Grey Bruce Health Unit is working to manage an outbreak of COVID-19 declared in the Forum rooming house in Hanover. At least 10 cases are associated with the location at 315 10th St, Hanover. The facility is closed.

Anyone who entered, visited or stayed at that location since May 26 is considered a high risk contact. They should self-isolate for 14 days from the last day they were present at the residence and should contact a local assessment centre for testing. They should remain in self isolation regardless of the outcome of the testing.

Public Health is providing testing, vaccination and working with Grey County to provide alternate housing. This includes coordinating specific logistics related to support for cases and close contacts in order to maintain basic necessities during isolation including food and supplies to prevent drug and alcohol withdrawal. Public Health is working with police to ensure security. They are providing a mobile vaccine clinic for non-cases.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is ensuring all stakeholders are notified including: police, EMS, hospital, assessment centres, health care providers, other shelters, correction facilities, neighbouring health units, and the public to advise whomever stayed/visited.

 


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