Grey County Reads
Ask Nereda First
School and Bus Report


Visitor to Grey Bruce tests negative for novel coronavirus


An individual visiting Grey Bruce tested negative for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) related to the outbreak in Wuhan, China. This person presented at a Grey Bruce Health Services hospital emergency room with mild respiratory symptoms and had identified recent travel history to an affected region. Negative test results were received today from the Public Health Ontario Lab and confirmed by a second test at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

The individual did not require hospitalization, was discharged home with instructions on self-isolation, and has since recovered. Additional details will not be released as to assure client confidentiality.

The risk to residents in Grey and Bruce remains low. We are continually reassessing public health risk and working to keep it low. The Grey Bruce Health Unit Incident Management team including the infectious Diseases program works with the local hospitals and partners to ensure a timely response in managing this situation.

“In discussions with hospital staff, we are confident that all appropriate precautions were taken in this situation, and the appropriate protocols were followed to minimize risk to others. The system worked as it should,” said Dr. Ian Arra, Medical Officer of Health, Grey Bruce Health Unit.

We continue to liaise with Ontario Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada in our response to the novel coronavirus.

Upon being notified of this potential case, the Grey Bruce Health Unit actively identified and assessed potential risks. Working with local hospital staff, samples from the individual were immediately shipped to the Public Health Ontario laboratory for priority testing and from there to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for independent confirmation testing.

Local hospitals have measures in place to screen individuals who are suspected of being infected by the novel coronavirus. Please follow all instructions when visiting a hospital.

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.

To reduce the risk of respiratory diseases such as flu and coronavirus:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use proper cough etiquette. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases including viral pneumonia. More information about coronavirus is available on the Government of Ontario website.

At South Grey News, we endeavour to bring you truthful up-to-date local community news in a quick and easy-to-digest format that’s free of political bias. We believe this service is more important today than ever before, as social media has given rise to misinformation, largely unchecked by big corporations who put profits ahead of their responsibilities.

South Grey News does not have the resources of a big corporation. We are a small, locally owned-and-operated organization. Research, analysis and physical attendance at public meetings and community events requires considerable effort. But contributions from readers and advertisers, however big or small, go a long way to helping us deliver positive, open and honest journalism for this community.

Please consider supporting South Grey News with a modest donation and let us know that our efforts are appreciated. Thank you.

Subscribe for FREE to get the latest local news delivered to your email box.


South Grey News Comment Policy: Comments must be appropriate, respectful and related to the article. Comments will not be approved without a real first and last name and email address. Comments containing profanity, offensive material or personal attacks will not be permitted. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments without notice. Updated Feb 10 2020.

Your comments

(your comments won't be posted without your real name)

The Art Map / The Food Map
Explore Grey Highlands
South Grey News Subscribe
The Art Map
Green Pages
Bernards Ad July 31
Durham RBC - Kimberly Tone
Matt Webb ad
Grey Bruce Animal Shelter
Shop Local events
Forests Ontario
In Grey Highlands This Week
Eugenia History Book
We Want to Hear From You 2019
Eugenia Community Hub question
Canada Anti Fraud Centre