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Health Unit confirms third case of COVID-19 in Grey-Bruce

GREY-BRUCE – The Grey Bruce Health Unit has received laboratory confirmation of a third case of COVID-19 in Grey Bruce.

The Health Unit, in a release, stated that the illness was acquired from international travel.

The confirmed case is a 61-year-old man and a resident of Grey-Bruce.

The Health Unit stated that the man presented, with symptoms, to a local hospital where testing was ordered. They say that hospital staff took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients. The man was hospitalized and subsequently discharged to home self-isolation. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is investigating any potential contacts this person may have had.

In the same press release, the Health Unit stated that no other identifying information will be provided.

Going forward, the Health Unit will identify local cases on their website (www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/) to reflect the provincial posting. They also stated they will no longer be issuing “routine media releases for every case of COVID-19” that should occur in Grey-Bruce.

“As we continue to see sporadic cases, the contact tracing and self-isolation of these individuals are effective to ensure a little likelihood of risk to the general public.  Furthermore, it may violate patient privacy,” stated Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health and CEO of the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

The Health Unit continues to urge residents who have returned from recent international travel and become ill with respiratory symptoms such as a cough and fever to report their travel history to any health professional, or any emergency room before they visit.

Those with questions specific to an individual health concern are asked to call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.