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Containment Effective for COVID-19 Cases at CFB Trenton

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 18, 2020 – 4:50 pm

As you are aware, individuals in quarantine at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals were repatriated from the Grand Princess cruise ship. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) wants to reassure residents that all infection prevention and control protocols have been followed during the quarantine of the travellers.

The individuals have been in quarantine since arrival at CFB Trenton and will remain in isolation at CFB under the assessment of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). The individuals in quarantine have been receiving daily health checks by PHAC nurses. There is also a Canadian Red Cross dedicated clinic at CFB Trenton, which is providing non-urgent medical care to those staying in quarantine. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts have been placed in isolation, and are being supported in their recovery by dedicated nurses. All are expected to make a full recovery.

The Government of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health, the Canadian Red Cross, and HPEPH have been working collaboratively, following all protocols to prevent the spread of infection since arrival of the repatriated Canadians. The risk of exposure from the quarantined area to the rest of CFB Trenton and the surrounding communities remains low. We are confident that all necessary infection control protocols have been followed during the repatriation and quarantine processes.

The HPEPH website, hpePublicHealth.ca is continuously updated and contains current information and answers for many questions about COVID-19, infection control, and outbreak preparedness. Residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties who still have questions about COVID-19 after reviewing the content online can call the COVID-19 information line at 613-966-5500.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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Media Contact:
Veronica Montgomery, Foundational Standards Manager
vmontgomery@hpeph.ca

About Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is a public health agency that serves the counties of Hastings and Prince Edward from four local offices. We monitor the health of our local population, deliver programs and services within our communities, and help develop healthy public policies. We provide information and support in many areas to help improve the health and well-being of our residents. Together with our communities, we help people become as healthy as they can be. For more information, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.