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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Reports First COVID-19 Case

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 11, 2020 – An individual at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton has tested positive for COVID-19, having arrived March 9 aboard the flight of Canadians repatriated from the Grand Princess cruise ship off California.

The passenger developed mild symptoms during the flight from Oakland. Public Health Ontario laboratory tests have confirmed infection with the COVID-19 virus.

The affected individual has been closely monitored both during the flight, and since arrival at CFB Trenton, and will remain in isolation on base under the assessment of the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Canadian Red Cross has established a dedicated clinic at CFB Trenton, to monitor the repatriated Canadians on site during their 14-day quarantine.

“The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH). “We are working collaboratively, following established protocols, and undertaking all possible infection control precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19. The risk of person-to-person spread in our region is still low”.

HPEPH is advising residents to stay calm and continue with infection control practises, such as, frequent hand washing, coughing into sleeve – not hands, and remaining at home if feeling unwell. Infection control measures in Canada have been very effective at minimizing the spread of COVID-19. More information on COVID-19, infection control, and outbreak preparedness is available at hpePublicHealth.ca. Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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Media Contact:
Karen La Rose, Communications Coordinator
613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 369
klarose@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.