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Media Release: Youth who Attended Bonfire and Indoor Party Advised to Seek Testing for COVID-19

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/August 1, 2021

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has been informed that an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a bonfire/indoor party in Frankford while they were contagious with the virus. All individuals who were at a bonfire/indoor party on Hearns Road in Frankford on the evening of July 24, 2021:

  • Are considered to be high-risk contacts of the case, unless fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (have received two (2) doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine, with the second dose on or before July 10, 2021)
  • Are considered low-risk contacts of the case if fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (have received two (2) doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine, with the second dose on or before July 10, 2021) AND have no symptoms.
  • High-risk contacts MUST:
    • self-isolate immediately, leaving isolation only for the purpose of testing or to seek medical care.  When getting tested provide investigation number 2238-2021-44966 to the testing centre.
    • Stay in isolation up to and including August 7, 2021, even if test results are negative.
  • Low-risk contacts are:
    • Advised to seek testing. Provide investigation number 2238-2021-44966 to the testing centre.
    • Not required to isolate unless symptoms develop or they test positive for COVID-19.
    • Advised to monitor for symptoms until August 7, 2021.  If symptoms develop, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.

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.

“It is incredibly important that all community members continue to be vigilant and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If any symptoms develop, even mild symptoms, please isolate right away and only leave isolation to seek testing for COVID-19,” says Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at HPEPH. “The best way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. I encourage all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help end the pandemic and to ensure the coming months can be as safe and normal as possible.”

For dates, locations, and vaccination options, visit hpePublicHealth.ca/vaccine-booking/

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.