BREAKING: Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Grey-Bruce

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Updated as of 2:00 p.m.

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grey-Bruce.

The confirmed cases are a related couple, a 58-year-old male and a 58-year-old female, and they likely acquired the illness from a cruise ship. Hospital staff took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of staff and other patients, and both individuals continue to self-isolate at home.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra said case contact and contact management is underway, and those who may have been exposed have been contacted, or are about to be contacted.

“These people would be asked to self isolate and self monitor for symptoms. If they’re sick we will test them immediately,” said Arra.

Arra did not release the name of the specific community the patients are residents in.¬†“It’s not prudent and I honestly don’t think it changes the risk for anybody in the area. The risk is still low.”

Arra stresses that there is not enough time and resources for everyone to be tested, nor should everyone be tested. “Going online, or calling public health, is somebody has concerns would be the best way. Leave emergency departments for emergency cases.”

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has enhanced infectious disease response capabilities to prevent or decrease further transmission of the virus in Grey Bruce.

Arra says residents should continue to protect themselves and others around them from the spread of germs and viruses, as he suspects the virus will continue to spread.

“The better intervention that’s going to save our community, especially the older adults, is hand washing, coughing in one’s sleeve or a tissue, using sanitizer, social distancing. If somebody has symptoms, please stay home. At the end of the day, the sky’s not falling. Everyone can continue to stay healthy if they follow these guidelines.”