New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Huron Perth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – 11:30am

Huron Perth Public Health has received laboratory confirmation of three more cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Huron and Perth. This brings the total confirmed cases to five for our area.

The three new positive cases include:

  • Male in his 60s from Stratford who is in self-isolation at home. He has had close contact with two confirmed cases in London.
  • Female in late 40s from St. Marys who is a healthcare worker and is in self-isolation at home with no travel or known contact with confirmed cases. She was not identified as a contact of the first two confirmed cases in St. Marys.   
  • Male in 60s from South Huron who presented at South Huron Hospital and was transferred to London Health Sciences Centre. There is no travel history or known contact with positive cases.

The first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron Perth were in St. Marys residents, one of whom is still in critical condition at Stratford General Hospital according to Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, and the other case continues to self isolate at home.

“We were not surprised to receive these three new cases in Huron Perth,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “The new cases confirm that we are now seeing local spread in our area, which is a similar pattern to what has been showing up across Ontario.”

Huron Perth Public Health staff will be conducting thorough contact tracing related to these confirmed cases. “Please be assured that public health is following all necessary case management to ensure that close contacts are contacted and receiving instructions from us,” says Dr. Klassen. “If our investigation reveals that the case attended a public event while able to transmit illness, further information will be shared with our community.”

HPPH is strongly encouraging everyone in our community to continue following guidelines to reduce local spread. “It’s important for everyone to practice physical distancing,” urges Dr. Klassen. “Anyone who has symptoms of illness should be self isolating from others – even in their own household.”

Other 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.

If someone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as cough or fever:

  1. Complete the Ontario government’s On Line Assessment tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0.
  2. If the online tool tells you to seek clinical assessment, contact the office of your family doctor for a phone assessment. If you do not have a family doctor, contact Huron Perth Public Health. It is important that you do not visit your doctor’s office without calling first.
  3. If further action is needed, you will be given directions by the assessor. For those without access to a computer, contact the office of your family doctor for a phone assessment. If you do not have a family doctor, contact Huron Perth Public Health.

If calling for a Virtual Assessment after hours and weekends, please call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 ext. 3267 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm). Note: If your COVID-19 screening results in the need for a hospital visit, please call ahead. Anyone with severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, or any other medical emergency should call 911.

Going forward, Huron Perth Public Health will be posting new confirmed cases on its website only. “We remain committed to keeping our community updated and aware of the risks of COVID-19,” says Dr. Klassen. “We urge everyone to continue following public health guidance and to practice physical distancing – it may take some time, but it will work in helping to flatten the curve.”

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