Second case is close household contact of confirmed case announced on March 14, Public Health says
HURON-PERTH – Huron Perth Public Health has received laboratory confirmation of a second case of COVID-19 in Huron and Perth.
In a press release this afternoon (March 18), Public Health stated the confirmed case is a 57-year-old woman who is a close household contact of the confirmed case announced on March 14.
The woman is currently showing no symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home.
“We are not surprised to receive this result, as it is a similar pattern to the way confirmed cases have been showing up across Ontario,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, medical officer of health for Huron Perth.
According to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, the status of the 64-year-old man who is hospitalized and was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron Perth has changed from serious to critical condition.
“I am continuing to urge everyone in our community to please respect the privacy of the family involved during this difficult time and to continue to follow credible sources before sharing information,” said Dr. Klassen.
Huron Perth Public Health staff will be conducting thorough contact tracing related to this confirmed case.
“Please be assured that public health is following all necessary contact tracing to ensure that anyone who may have been exposed or at risk is contacted and receiving instructions from us,” said Dr. Klassen. “If there were a greater community exposure, we would be sure to let everyone know.”
Public Health stated that coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household or health care centre.
“Public health experts have identified that this virus is spread by respiratory droplets when people are sick with cough and fever,” explained Dr. Klassen. “There is further study into whether it can be spread to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it may be possible, it would be rare.”
Some of the everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs and viruses like COVID-19 are:
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Face masks are not recommended for the general public, except for people experiencing symptoms and who have been advised to wear a mask by a health care provider.
For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in Huron and Perth, visit www.hpph.ca/coronavirus.