Four more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Huron-Perth; Knollcrest Lodge outbreak declared over

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Huron Perth Public Health (photo submitted)

Huron Perth Public Health identified four new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 72.In a press release issued on Sunday afternoon, the public health unit said five of the most recent confirmed cases were in Perth East and were linked to the same extended cluster of Low German speaking communities in the South West of Ontario who are currently managing an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. The health unit said all cases in East Perth are self-isolating and contract tracing investigations are being carried out with the support of Lower German community leaders.

Public health units in southwestern Ontario have worked together to manage this recent outbreak of COVID-19. Health units, including Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, are also actively managing cases and conducting extensive contact tracing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The Low German speaking community is particularly affected at this time by the COVID-19 disease,” Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health Dr Miriam Klassen said in the press release. “(Huron Perth Public Health) is in regular contact with other health units, as well as the Department of Health, regarding epidemiological trends across the province, including outbreaks among different populations or locations . Our goal is to protect the health of all our residents.

In the same press release, Huron Perth Public Health also reported that the precautionary outbreak at the Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home in Milverton – reported last week after an asymptomatic staff member tested positive for the virus – is now over.

The health unit said its follow-up investigation found no evidence of transmission and that the previous positive result in the asymptomatic health worker was considered a previous infection or a false positive. The health unit says there is no evidence of current infection in this person.

“We all need to act like we can come in contact with COVID-19 anywhere in any community and act like we can transmit COVID-19 without knowing it,” Klassen said in the press release.

Other important ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 include:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Practice physical distance (two meters); and
  • Wear a non-medical fabric face covering in indoor public spaces and in areas where physical distance cannot be maintained.

For up to date facts on COVID-19, case counts and statistics in Huron-Perth, visit www.hpph.ca.

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