*Please see the media release below issued by the Region of Halton.
The Regional Municipality of Halton For Immediate Release
March 12, 2020
Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton region
All precautions followed and risk to Halton residents remains low
On March 12, 2020, Dr. David Williams, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region confirmed the second case of COVID-19 in Halton region.
A female resident from Oakville in her 40s who had travelled to Colorado earlier this month became symptomatic on March 7 and on March 10 presented herself to Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington for testing. As per established infection prevention and control protocols, the hospital took all precautions, including testing in an isolated environment with all necessary personal protective equipment. On March 11 she was notified of her positive test result and is now self-isolating at home.
The individual also has recent travel history to Costa Rica. It has been determined that she had mild symptoms on flights from Toronto to Liberia, Costa Rica (Flight 2644; WestJet) on March 7 and then Liberia, Costa Rica to Toronto (Flight 2643; WestJet) on March 9, 2020. For the passengers on these flights, we are asking them to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and should they develop symptoms, isolate immediately and report themselves to their local public health unit.
Halton Region Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management.
“I would like to reassure residents that the risk in our community remains low at this time and we are working to identify known contacts and assess any potential health risk.” — Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health
“When the individual came to Joseph Brant Hospital for testing, it was completed in an isolated environment, with our care team following all infection prevention protocols and procedures. Our hospital is taking all necessary precautions to keep our patients, our visitors and our physicians and staff safe.” — Eric Vandewall, President and CEO at Joseph Brant Hospital
Contact Halton Region Public Health by calling 311, 905-825-6000 or toll free at 1-866-442-5866 if you have a fever OR cough OR breathing difficulty AND any of the following:
- travelled outside of Canada in the 14 days before onset of illness; or
- close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19; or
- close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who travelled to affected areas within 14 days prior to their illness onset.
The best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 is to:
- stay home when ill;
- cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve;
- wash hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub; and
- clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information sources. For more information on COVID-19 including symptoms, risk and when to contact Halton Region Public Health, please visit halton.ca/coronavirushalton.ca/coronavirus.
To get the latest information on cases in Ontario and to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19, please visit ontario.ca/coronavirusontario.ca/coronavirus.
PLEASE NOTE: To read the Mayor’s statement on what the city is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit this dedicated page, which will be updated daily as new information becomes available.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
As we seen, COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. The City of Burlington is evaluating things daily.
It’s important to reiterate that the health and well-being of our community is the top priority for Burlington Council and everyone at City Hall. We are taking a series of immediate steps to stay on top of this rapidly evolving situation, including daily internal briefings, daily monitoring of announcements and advice from our healthcare professionals, cancelling non-essential travel, and updates on a dedicated webpage linked directly from the City of Burlington’s homepage providing the most up to date information and links to healthcare information.
We encourage everyone to stay up to date with the medical information being released by our healthcare professionals. It is important that we all act responsibly and support one another. If you are symptomatic, please contact Halton Region immediately and self-isolate. We all have a role to play to create an environment in our city where people feel comfortable seeking treatment and asking for help. Take care of yourself and each other.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Statement from Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on COVID-19
- City of Burlington Monitoring COVID-19 and Taking Action to Help Protect Staff and Residents
- COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus): What We Know So Far
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.