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COVID-19 Exposure at Social Gathering Outside of Brockville

April 14, 2021

Individuals who attended a social gathering that occurred on April 1 at 1000 Islands Village rental properties just outside of Brockville, may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, and are advised to:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 at a local assessment centre
  • Monitor for symptoms carefully, even mild ones
  • If symptoms develop or if you were symptomatic and have recovered,
    • Immediately self-isolate
    • Contact the Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853
  • Download the COVID ALERT app, here. The app notifies you if you (or your phone) have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

We have an obligation to inform the public when we know there is a risk of exposure and cannot identify close contacts directly. Social gatherings continue to be a key factor in the spread COVID-19. Although lockdown measures were introduced provincially, this is a good reminder to limit your contacts to those in your household. Social gatherings like this may bring a sense of normalcy back but they put friends, co-workers and family members at risk since COVID-19 and the variants of concerns can spread very easily.

Because this virus spreads so easily – we all need to do our part. This means practicing all of the public health measures:

  • Follow the Stay-At-Home Order
  • Stay home as much as possible and limit close contact (no masks and closer than 2m) to your own household (the people you live with)
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from people in public areas
  • Wear a face covering: Minimum of 2 layers of material; 3 will provide further protection when you cannot stay 6 feet away from people out in public – and in indoor public spaces as required
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels

Enforcement agencies were not notified of this event when it was happening.  Officers need to observe the infraction in order to enforce the regulation.  Health Unit resources are best spent working on how to stop the spread of outbreaks like this and protect others from being exposed. If you are aware of an upcoming event or gathering or are witnessing a current gathering, please notify your local police.

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or call 1-800-660-5853 x2499. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthunit.

Contact

 Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or email [email protected].