Those at Dundalk Halloween gathering being contacted after attendee tests positive for COVID-19

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Grey Bruce Health Unit is tracing contacts after a person who attended a party in Dundalk on Halloween tested positive for COVID-19.

Among those who at the gathering were students from Grey Highlands high school in Flesherton.

Because of the incubation period, those who were in contact that night aren't considered to be shedding the virus, the health unit said in a statement Nov. 3.

“There is no need for extraordinary measures in the community, such as closing of facilities,” it said.

Public health stressed that it is only their staff that assesses who is a close contact and has to isolate and be tested. That group will not necessarily include all those who were at the party.

It depends on factors assessed by health unit staff, such as what type of interaction they had with the individual.

The local health unit has a record of completing all contact tracing within 24 hours.

Recently, three family members who attended a rural elementary school in Grey County tested positive, and in a separate incident, one individual at a high school in Bruce County.

All those who needed to do so have since been cleared to return to school after completing isolation and required testing. Neither situation is considered an outbreak as there was no transmission after the initial cases.

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