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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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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.