Grey Bruce Health Unit update: Nov. 3

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GREY-BRUCE – Over the past week, Grey-Bruce has seen the number of cases of COVID-19 climb to 178.

As of press time, there were six active cases, with no new cases reported in the previous 24 hours and no outbreaks in facilities including long-term care homes, schools and daycares.

South Bruce Peninsula and Southgate continue to be hot spots for recent cases. On Oct. 30, six new cases were reported in Grey-Bruce – two in Owen Sound, three in South Bruce Peninsula that health officials say are not connected with the local cluster of cases there, and one in Southgate.

Students affected by an outbreak in Grey Highlands have all been cleared to return to school. The 80 students and nine adults also associated with the cases, tested negative for COVID-19, and all completed 14 days of isolation.

On Oct. 18, Grey Bruce Public Health reported cases associated with the school. Three classes at the school, students who rode on the school bus, and adults associated with the cases were identified as high-risk and required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit deployed a mobile testing team to the Osprey Community Hall parking lot to test those considered high-risk. All of those swabbed tested negative for COVID-19.

The local health unit has been involved in working with various schools in a number of ways, including a campaign to stop bullying of students and their families who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Across Ontario, the number of cases continues to rise. On Nov. 3, there were 1,050 cases, bringing the total to 78,705, with 3,166 deaths, the majority being residents of long-term care homes.

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