Surge in Grey-Bruce COVID-19 cases is slowing

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A recent surge of cases of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce is slowing down, Public Health announced in an update released Monday.

Six new cases were reported on Jun. 28, while numbers on the four previous days ranged from 15 to a high of 41.

Monday’s total of active cases was 138 with 282 active high-risk contacts.

The health unit said that the surge was driven by the Delta variant.

The first case in an outbreak – now declared over – in a rooming house in Hanover was identified in subsequent testing as being the more transmissible Delta variant.

Further surges are possible based on experience in other areas, and the health unit is requesting more doses from the province while urging vaccination.

Targeted vaccine clinics are being offered in locations close to those who are at greater risk due to lack of housing and substance use.

In the meantime, it says the cases emerging following the outbreak require complex care, as the groups affected include people without housing and those with substance use issues.

Isolation and other measures to prevent spread are difficult in these situations.

The health unit says it is keeping up with contact tracing and is working closely with other agencies.

During the Hanover outbreak at the rooming house, some people remained in isolation onsite. Resources used included onsite EMS, addiction and mental health staff, food provision, primary care, and agencies providing food and social supports.

In particular, the health unit asked the public to consider the need for harm reduction measures as part of the strategy to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The day that the Delta variant was confirmed there were 25 cases and 38 high-risk contacts associated with the outbreak.

Results from testing for the Delta variant take from 10 to 14 days to return. Province-wide, a random sample of about 10 per cent of all positive cases are tested for the Delta Variant.

The health unit found 16 identified cases associated with the rooming house location in additional contacts.

Meanwhile, the 75-bed field hospital at the Bayshore arena in Owen Sound will be taken down on July 12. It was built so it could be re-purposed and re-built if needed, and a handbook will be created to aid in future use.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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