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Media Release: COVID-19 Community Outbreak Declared in Hastings Highlands

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/May 12, 2021

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has declared a COVID-19 community outbreak in Hastings Highlands. At the time of this release, HPEPH and Renfrew County and District Health Unit have confirmed 11 cases of COVID-19 connected to several households.

While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed in order to meet public health objectives, such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission.

In an effort to identify and curb the spread of COVID-19, COVID-19 testing will be offered on Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6 Anaf Rd (Logger’s Field), Maynooth for any residents who believe they may have been in contact with a case of COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 – even very mild symptoms such as a sore throat or runny nose.

Individuals who chose to seek testing at a COVID-19 assessment centre should reference investigation number 2238-2021-41725.

“It is incredibly important that all community members monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, please isolate right away and only leave isolation to seek testing for COVID-19,” says Dr. Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “Our case investigations show that individuals are not always following public health guidance and are ignoring symptoms and delaying testing, which puts everyone in the community at risk. If you feel sick, please make a responsible choice and get tested to protect yourself and others.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever 37.8 degrees Celsius and over
  • New onset of cough
  • Muscle aches, joint pain and tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
  • Tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea)

All residents are asked to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and others by following all public health precautions such as leaving home only for essential reasons, limiting close contact to those within your household, wearing a face covering when distancing is not possible, and washing your hands frequently.

Those who have tested positive, are symptomatic, or have been identified as high-risk contacts by HPEPH are reminded that self-isolating as directed by public health is a legal requirement. Individuals who fail to comply with the order may be charged a fine of up to $5,000 and/or may be required to abide by a court order issued by a judge from the Superior Court of Justice.

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 Ontario’s website.

All residents are also reminded that no one is immune to the virus 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. 

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Media contacts


Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs
etubbs@hpeph.ca

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 are currently eligible to book a first dose appointment. Individuals aged 70 and over as well as anyone who received their first vaccine on or before April 18th are now eligible to book their second dose on an accelerated schedule. To book, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call  1-833-943-3900.

There is currently a high demand for vaccination appointments in our region. If no appointments are available, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be notified when new clinic dates are added. Please do not call HPEPH to book. For more information, please visit  hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at Ontario.ca/bookvaccine.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals 18 and over can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Select pharmacies are also offering vaccinations to youth aged 12 – 17. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

Based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021. For more information, read the media release.

While the provincial Stay at Home Order has been lifted, public health precautions must be maintained. Close contact must be limited to those within your household. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 5 people, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

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.