“This decision was made with a lot of caution,” said Dr Miriam Klassen, Huron-Perth medical officer of health. “We appreciate the support of the restaurateur as we continue our investigation.”
When Huron Perth Public Health receives a report of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, public health staff immediately begin to conduct a thorough contact tracing related to the case, which is a priority to stop the spread of COVID- 19.
This public health investigation includes making contact with each person identified as being at risk.
For those at higher risk, guidelines are provided including whether to self-isolate and for how long. For many, the risk is not high and these people will need to watch their symptoms for up to two weeks to make sure they are not infected.
High-risk contacts typically have had face-to-face contact with the case within two meters for an extended period of time, usually longer than 15 minutes.
There are currently five active cases of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth. The local health unit encourages residents to do the following:
– Self-isolate and organize tests if you experience symptoms of COVID-19;
– Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly;
– Maintain a physical distance of two meters from anyone who is not part of your social circle; and
– Wear a non-medical fabric face covering in indoor public spaces and places where physical distance cannot be maintained.