Grey Bruce Health Unit update, Jan. 5: Local COVID numbers surpass 500 mark

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GREY-BRUCE – The area has entered the second week of the current lockdown with nine new cases reported in the previous 24 hours. The cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in Grey-Bruce stood at 530, as of Tuesday, Jan. 5.

It took months for the total to reach 100, and only days to move from 400 to over 500.

The new cases include two in Brockton, two in South Bruce, two in Grey Highlands, and one in each of Georgian Bluffs, Owen Sound and Southgate.

There are 46 active cases and 10 probable cases (not yet lab-confirmed, but symptomatic and high-risk contacts of an active case), as well as 133 high-risk contacts associated with active cases.

Two people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in Grey-Bruce.

One long-term care facility – Sepoy Manor in Lucknow – has an outbreak. Public Health is working to address a case of COVID associated with staff. This involves conducting a thorough risk assessment and contacting people deemed close contacts.

The health unit will direct staff and residents of the retirement home to test within the facility; those considered at risk outside the work environment will be directed to testing at their local assessment centre or other feasible location.

The outbreak at Normanby Community School in Ayton has been declared over.

Apart from the initial two cases, there has been no further transmission within the school. All staff, students and their families have undergone testing with negative results.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 3,270 new cases on Monday. There were 233 long-term care facilities in the province dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times