Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Huron Perth

Huron Perth Public Health has received laboratory confirmation of a second case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Huron and Perth. The confirmed case is a 57-year-old female who is a close household contact of the confirmed case announced on March 14. She currently does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and is self isolating at home. “We are not surprised to receive this result, as it is a similar pattern to the way confirmed cases have been showing up across Ontario,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.

According to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, the status of the man who is hospitalized and was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron Perth has changed from serious to critical condition. “I am continuing to urge everyone in our community 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.

Huron Perth Public Health staff will be conducting thorough contact tracing related to this confirmed 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,” says Dr. Klassen. “If there were a greater community exposure, we would be sure to let everyone know.”

Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household or healthcare centre. “Public health experts have identified that this virus is spread by respiratory droplets when people are sick with cough and fever,” explains Dr. Klassen. “There is further study into whether it can be spread to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it may be possible, it would be rare.”

 

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. 

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