Long-term care workers isolated after positive COVID-19 tests

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Four new cases of COVID-19 reported in Huron and Perth counties on Monday are asymptomatic long-term care healthcare workers whose potential infections were discovered through surveillance testing, officials said. public health.Public health officials are not reporting any outbreaks at local long-term care facilities and the likelihood of active infection and risk to the public is considered low.

Dr Miriam Klassen, the region’s medical officer of health, is absent this week, but a regularly scheduled update was provided via email Monday by the Huron Perth Public Health Communications team.

Three of the healthcare workers are in Perth County and one in Huron County, the email said. All four have been isolated and repeat testing is underway as investigations into the new cases continue.

Huron Perth Public Health will contact directly anyone considered to be at risk, the email said.

So far, the four positive tests bring the total number of cumulative confirmed cases in the region to 120.

After active cases in Huron and Perth counties hit a pandemic high of 29 last week, that number has now dropped to eight, according to Monday’s report.

In addition to local pandemic statistics and other related information that has been available on the health unit’s website since March, public health officials recently launched an online resource specifically dedicated to the reopening of schools at hpph .ca / school.

The new website includes government and public health guidelines, as well as plans to reopen the Avon Maitland District and the Catholic District of Huron Perth school boards.

A video message from public health officials and school boards is available on the new website, which also includes more information on face covers and how COVID-19 will be monitored throughout the school year .

“As we prepare, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible,” Klassen said in the video. “The school will look and feel a bit different this year as we take additional steps to protect ourselves from the transmission of COVID-19.”

The province’s plan to reopen schools is currently being criticized by Ontario’s four teachers’ unions, who in a joint statement said on Monday that the Ministry of Labor had failed to adequately address their concerns in health and safety.

On Monday, the government reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing Ontario’s cumulative total to 42,309.

There are about 4,000 active cases in the province on Sunday.

-With files from Antonella Artuso, Postmedia News

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