There are now three positive cases of COVID-19 in the KFL&A area, according to Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health. (Video embed below)
The individuals include two females, 44 and 62 years of age, and one 48 year old male. All have recent travel history to Spain, Barbados, and the United Kingdom. Two of the individuals were assessed at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Hotel Dieu Hospital and the third was assessed at a local hospital.
[NOTE: The Assessment Centre has since been moved to the Memorial Centre, 303 York Street]
All three are now being monitored by KFL&A Public Health and are recovering at home in self-isolation. The agency is currently investigating and following up with close contacts.
“I would like to thank our front-line teams for their timely and effective response in taking immediate precautions to ensure these patients are being safely and appropriately cared for and that patients, staff and the community are well protected,” said Dr. Moore. “Given the spread of this virus globally, over the last few weeks, a case in KFL&A was anticipated and pre-emptive measures were in place for exactly this type of situation. In this case, the health care system worked as intended and through coordinated efforts with our partners, the risk to KFL&A residents remains low.”
KFL&A Public Health is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and other local health care providers to monitor the situation and protect the community.
To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, visit kflaph.ca/Coronavirus or visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
KFL&A Public Health briefing begins at the 3 minute mark:
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore provides KFL&A an update on COVID-19
Posted by KFL&A Public Health on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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