HPPH provides update regarding community concerns related to COVID-19 in Huron and Perth

Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth Public Health, would like to provide an update to the COVID-19 situation and response in Huron and Perth.

According to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, the patient with COVID-19 remains in serious condition at Stratford General Hospital. “I am urging everyone to please respect the privacy of the family involved during this difficult time and to continue to follow credible sources before sharing information,” says Dr. Klassen, Medical Officer of Health.

“From what we know, the patient did exactly what they should have done during this time – he self-isolated at home when he became sick with gastrointestinal and chronic illness issues unrelated to COVID-19. Once his symptoms changed and were aligned with COVID-19, the appropriate precautions were taken and he was tested.”

Huron Perth Public Health staff are conducting thorough contact tracing related to this case. “Please be assured that public health is following all necessary contact tracing to ensure that anyone who may have been exposed or at risk is contacted and receiving instructions from us. We also provide guidance if there are any environmental considerations and recommendations needed to be taken. If there were a greater community exposure, we would be sure to let everyone know.”


What we know about how COVID-19 spreads

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact, such as through respiratory droplets when a person coughs or sneezes or a person comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids of a person with COVID-19. “Public health experts are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it may be possible, it is considered to be rare,” explains Dr. Klassen. Everyday actions can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and who have been advised to wear a mask by a healthcare provider. 

“I understand that these are uncertain times in our community and in the world around us. However, we are all in this together and are working at every level in our community – on a personal level, organizational level, and community level - to stop or slow down the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” says Dr. Klassen.

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in Huron and Perth, visit www.hpph.ca/coronavirus. If you can’t find the answer to your question on our website, residents can also call our Health Line at 1-888-221-2133 ext 3267; however, we are experiencing high call volumes and will respond to calls and voice mails as possible. Follow us at www.facebook.com/HuronPerthPublicHealth  and www.twitter.com/HPPublicHealth