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15-Mar-2020

First two cases of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce


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The Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) has received laboratory confirmation of two cases of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce. The illness was likely acquired from contact aboard a cruise ship.

The confirmed cases are a related couple, a 58 year old male and a 58 year old female, residents of Grey Bruce. They were notified as part of contact tracing from a confirmed case on a cruise ship, and presented to a local healthcare facility where testing was ordered. Hospital staff took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients. Both individuals continue to self-isolate at home.

The GBHU is investigating any potential contacts they may have had. As part of an escalating response to safeguard the health of our communities, the Grey Bruce Health Unit has enhanced infectious disease response capabilities to prevent or decrease further transmission of the virus in Grey Bruce. We have been working closely with healthcare, municipal and private sector partners to support their response. As well, we continue to work closely with provincial and national partners to monitor and detect any cases of COVID-19 in the community. We thank those partners for their ongoing cooperation and support.

“As appropriate infection control measures were followed, this first case does not change the over-all low likelihood of individuals in Grey Bruce catching the virus,” said Medical Office of Health Dr. Ian Arra. “Residents should continue to protect themselves and others around them from the spread of germs and viruses by taking the usual precautions including frequent handwashing.”

Residents who have returned from recent international travel and become ill with respiratory symptoms such as a cough and fever should report their travel history to any health professional, or any emergency room before they visit. Please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 for questions specific to an individual health concern.

The GBHU continues to encourage people to connect with trusted sources for information, including canada.ca/coronavirus.

Visit Ontario’s ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 


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Updated March 12, 2020.

Your comments

Crista Hase commented on 15-Mar-2020 04:10 PM
Why is the location kept a secret as to where the virus was confirmed??? We don’t need to know the individuals names, but the location would be greatly appreciated
South Grey News commented on 15-Mar-2020 06:10 PM
The Health Unit did not provide the location.





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