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First COVID-19 case confirmed in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit’s jurisdiction

by | Mar 26, 2020 | Local News | 0 comments

Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, confirmed that an individual living in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark area has tested positive for COVID-19. The person is in isolation at home and had recently returned from the United States.

A woman in her 70s was assessed and tested using all appropriate precautions and is isolated at home with follow-up from the public health nurse. The Health Unit is actively investigating people who were in contact with the individual and will require all close contacts to self-isolate for 14 days. 

“Having an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in our area is not surprising” reported Dr. Stewart. “This reinforces the importance of the public health measures in place such as school and non-essential service closures, as well as personal precautions like staying at home for 14 days after travel outside the country, physical distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and regular hand hygiene.” 

Dr. Stewart says not releasing the location of the case changes nothing in the way we should act. She is stressing the need for social distancing, and anyone who returns from travelling abroad to quarantine themselves for 14 days. 

If you are returning to the country go directly home. Do not go to any grocery, beer or liquor stores. Have someone do that.

The best way to get reliable information about COIVD-19 is by visiting www.healthunit.org. Please call the Health Unit if you have any questions at 1-800-660-5853 x 2499. You can also get important public health updates by connecting with LGLHealthunit on Facebook and Twitter.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider.

Visit Ontario’s website, www.Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 

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