Eight positive COVID cases in Cedarcroft outbreak

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HURON-PERTH – During the Huron Perth Public Health media update on Nov. 2, Dr. Miriam Klassen, Huron-Perth’s medical officer of health gave a status report on the outbreak at Cedarcroft Retirement Home in Stratford and spoke about the benefits of downloading the COVID Alert app.

Currently, there are 154 positive cases in the region, 10 of which are active with eight being related to the Cedarcroft outbreak. The eight positive cases are six residents and two staff. There are currently no hospitalizations or active cases in schools or child care centres.

“We continue to provide contact tracing and provide support to the facility to help control the outbreak,” said Klassen. “Cedarcroft also continues to implement COVID-19 outbreak measures and is communicating with residents, families and staff.”

As of the media briefing, Klassen was not aware whether contact tracing had identified a source of acquisition for the cases at the retirement home.

“The investigation is ongoing so there may be additional information forthcoming,” she said.

Klassen spoke of the benefits to contact tracing which the COVID Alert app provides.

“Timely identification of cases and contacts is very helpful for containing the spread so when people download the app it collects and stores data for two weeks,” she said.

She gave an example of two people with the app stopping to chat in a store and being within two metres of one another for 20 minutes. If one of them was later identified as a positive case of COVID-19 and entered that information into their app, all the people who had close contact within the previous two weeks would be notified they were exposed to a case.

“It’s all anonymous,” she said. “You don’t know who the case is but the app will advise you to self-isolate and get tested.”

The app is available for both Android and Apple devices.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner