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Media Release: Individuals who Attended Celebration of Life Service in Bancroft on August 7 Advised to Monitor for COVID-19 Symptoms

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/August 16, 2021

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has been informed that an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a celebration of life service in Bancroft on August 7, 2021.

All individuals who were at the Bancroft Ridge Golf Club, 30 Nicklaus Drive, for the Celebration of Life service beginning at 1 p.m. on August 7 are considered low-risk contacts of the case.

Low-risk contacts are:

  • Not required to isolate unless symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Advised to monitor for symptoms until Tuesday, August 17, 2021. If symptoms develop, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.
  • Advised to get tested if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, regardless of vaccination status.

While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission. HPEPH is in the process of identifying and contacting identified high-risk contacts related to this case. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested.

“The pandemic is not over and everyone needs to remain vigilant and follow public health precautions. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how minor they may seem, please do the right thing and isolate and only leave isolation to seek testing for COVID-19,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Director of Clinical Programs at HPEPH. “The best way people can protect themselves and everyone around them from  COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.”

All HPEPH COVID-19 vaccine clinics are accepting walk-in appointments, and pop-up clinics are being held throughout the region. Many pharmacies also continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines. For dates, locations, and vaccination options, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/covid-19-vaccines/. If you still have questions about the vaccine after reviewing this information, please talk to your health care provider.

Information about where you can get tested can be found at hpePublicHealth.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist,
mhyland@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 and Instagram.

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Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or you are a high risk contact.

COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

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