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Correction – Media Release: Individuals who Attended the Stirling Fair August 13 and 14 Advised to Monitor for Symptoms, Seek Testing for COVID-19 if any Symptoms Develop

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/Correction Issued Sept 4, 2021

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Correction notice: A media release was issued by HPEPH on September 3, 2021 advising individuals who attended the Stirling Fair to monitor for symptoms and seek testing for COVID-19 if symptoms develop. The dates of potential exposure included in the original release were not accurate. Dates of potential exposure have been corrected, and are included below.

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is investigating a case of COVID-19. The individual who has tested positive attended the Stirling Fair on August 13 and 14.

All individuals who were at the Stirling Fair on August 13 OR 14 are considered to be low-risk contacts of a case of COVID-19.

Low-risk contacts:

  • Are not required to isolate unless they develop symptoms (even mild ones) or they test positive for COVID-19.
    • Must monitor for symptoms diligently. If symptoms develop, even mild ones, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing. If symptoms worsen, seek testing again, even if you tested negative the first time.
    • Should get tested if any symptoms of COVID-19 develop, regardless of vaccination status. If you choose not to get tested, you are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the time you developed symptoms.

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.

There continues to be preventable spread of COVID-19 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The pandemic is not over and everyone must continue to do their part to protect themselves and those around them. Individuals who are not vaccinated are urged to seek vaccination right away. Individuals who have any symptoms of the virus must isolate until they receive negative test results, or for 10 days from the time they developed symptoms.

All HPEPH COVID-19 vaccine clinics are accepting walk-in appointments. 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

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@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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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

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 covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, 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 10 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.