May 11, 2021
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is initiating a weekly report to show a snapshot of the historical and current institutional and community-based outbreaks in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. The report serves as a reminder of how important it is to follow public health precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in a variety of settings.
The Outbreak Summary Report will be available on our Local Stats: Cases and Outbreaks Webpage every Tuesday by 1:00pm: https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/local-cases-and-statistics/. We will also be posting a summary on our social media on Tuesdays; follow @LGLHealthUnit on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
The outbreaks are grouped into several categories (workplaces, congregate settings, schools, sports and recreation, food and drink establishments, retail, private residences, constructions sites, camps, child care facilities). The report includes tabs that show current outbreaks, a summary of historical outbreaks, trends, and notes that explain some of the terms and definitions.
The name and location of a place where a specific outbreak occurred will not be listed on the Summary Report. At the time of the outbreak, the name of the location is released when, during investigation, there is a need to notify the public of a risk of exposure.
This Outbreak Summary Report shows how the COVID-19 situation has changed over time:
- In March/April 2020 during the initial Provincial Shutdown, outbreaks only occurred in congregate living settings like long-term care and retirement homes. With high immunization rates now, outbreaks are much less common in these settings.
- An increase in outbreaks in many settings occurred with the rise in community infections in December, 2020. These community infections decreased during the December/January 2021/Shutdown and Stay at Home Orders.
- Then when the December/January 2021 Shutdown and Stay at Home Orders were lifted, there was another rise in community cases with many outbreaks in many settings in March and April, and have recently begun to decrease with the renewed Shutdown and Stay At Home Order.
- Fortunately, in most outbreaks in 2021, precautions were in place so the number infected was low, with some notable exceptions.
The Health Unit advises all residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark to follow public health precautions to reduce the number of outbreaks in the area.
For media interviews, contact: Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or email [email protected].