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Media Release: Confirmed COVID-19 Outbreak at Wellington Legion

CORRECTION: Issued Dec. 22, 2020 – As we continue to conduct investigations related to recent positive cases, it has become evident that four of the cases currently active in HPEC are directly related to the outbreak at the Wellington Legion. Yesterday’s media release has been updated to reflect this correction, and any subsequent changes to the number of cases related to this outbreak will be reflected on the HPEPH Dashboard.

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/December 21, 2020

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at the Wellington Legion. At the time of this release, HPEPH has confirmed fourcases of COVID-19 connected to the site.

Anyone who attended the Wellington Legion between November 30 and December 18 and has not been in contact with HPEPH is considered to have potential high-risk exposure and should:

 “I want to remind everyone that if you have any symptoms, no matter how minor, you must stay home and only leave your property to seek testing. The spike in cases that we are seeing in our community can be directly attributed to people going to work and socializing while symptomatic and not getting tested for COVID-19,” said Dr Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, Dr. Oglaza issued a Class Order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act earlier this year. This order enables HPEPH to enforce self-isolation requirements for all individuals who have been advised to do so. Individuals who ignore the class order to self-isolate can be charged and fined up to $5,000 per day and police may be called to assist. Please review our Class Order fact sheet for more information.

All residents are reminded that COVID-19 is highly contagious and some individuals may be exposed despite their best efforts. Be kind to one another as we work together to stop the spread of this virus. To reduce your risk and the risk to those you care about:

  • stay home when you are sick, even with mild symptoms;
  • always physical distance from those outside your household;
  • wear a mask when physical distancing is difficult or not possible;
  • wash your hands often and clean frequently touched surfaces;
  • monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if symptoms develop.

To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, please visit hpePublicHealth.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media contacts

HPEPH:
Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is in Green-Prevent level of the provincial reopening Framework since February 10, 2021.

For details regarding restrictions and precautions applicable to the Green-Prevent level of the province’s reopening Framework, please visit Ontario.ca.

In addition to restrictions outlined by the province, Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH, has implemented a Class 22 Order, which includes additional precautions in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

HPEPH will continue to update hpePublicHealth.ca to include information for local businesses and residents. Local business owners/operators who are unable to find answers to their questions on our web page are invited to complete our online inquiry form.

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.