HPPH investigating strong possibility of Omicron in area, with community exposures

Huron Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has been advised of a person under investigation (PUI) for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Huron Perth. This case investigation also involves community exposures on Saturday, Dec. 4 in two locations in Huron County.

This case screened positive for S gene target failure (SGTF) which is a marker for the Omicron variant. It is important to note that HPPH is still awaiting Whole Genomic Sequencing of the samples; however, given how easily Omicron spreads, HPPH is managing the situation as Omicron unless information changes.

HPPH is reaching out to everyone who has been identified as a high-risk contact, and who needs to isolate and test.

This investigation also includes the Pink at the Rink tournament held recently in South Huron. Although HPPH is working with event organizers to identify high-risk contacts, there are also possible exposures that HPPH will not be able to trace. Anyone who has not been contacted by HPPH but was in attendance at Stephen Arena in South Huron and Hensall Arena in Bluewater on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, needs to do the following immediately:

  1. Monitor for symptoms
  2. If you experience any symptoms, no matter how mild (e.g. runny nose), isolate immediately and arrange for testing.
  3. Continue to isolate until test results are received.

“We are still learning about the Omicron variant, but it’s clear that it spreads easily,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. “HPPH strongly encourages everyone to continue to follow public health guidance, especially by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and limiting the size of social gatherings.”

Anyone contacted by HPPH case investigators needs to follow HPPH direction and guidance.

All residents should also review the Recommendations issued by HPPH, as well as Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health:

  • Everyone should limit indoor social gatherings in private dwellings to no more than 10 people. All attendees 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated.
  • All unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older should avoid any non-essential indoor contact with individuals who are not part of their household.
  • Where possible, individuals should work remotely.

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