Health unit offers reassurance in presumptive COVID-19 case in Port Elgin

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The Grey Bruce Health Unit is reassuring people there is no need to be concerned about contracting COVID-19 after the closure of the McDonald’s in Port Elgin.

There was an indeterminate case of COVID-19 at the restaurant identified on Saturday. In a release, public health officials said they investigate probable or indeterminate cases “with the same rigour as confirmed positive.”

Officials said they did not recommend the closure of the restaurant since disinfection is required by all workplaces on an ongoing basis.

All close contacts of the individual in question have been contacted and public health is managing their isolation as required.

If you work at the restaurant or ate there and have not been contacted by public health officials then there is no need for you to be concerned.

“I would like to reassure the public and employers that Public Health conducts outbreak investigations, and manages outbreaks in the community including in workplaces on a regular basis,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra. “If the need be, we work with the employer to prevent further transmission. With every workplace-related case identified in Grey and Bruce there was a thorough assessment of the risk of transmission in the workplace. If there was potential risk of transmission, full response and control was implemented. The lack of hospitalization and death shows the high success rate of our outbreak management. We owe this success to the Infectious Disease Team.”