Emergency management unit set up at Hanover Rooming House with COVID-19 outbreak

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has created an onsite Emergency Management Unit at the scene of the COVID-19 outbreak in the rooming house located at 315 10th St, Hanover

A daily response team includes EMS, Addiction and Mental Health professionals, food provision, primary care, and multiple consulting agencies.

Health officials said there are 15 identified cases associated with the location and an additional 32 high risk contacts.

A media release added the facility remains closed, however a number of individuals, both cases and high risk contacts, remain in self isolation in the residence. Others are isolating in other locations.

The media release pointed out that upon the launch of this investigation, and the subsequent declaration of an outbreak, Public Health immediately brought together system partners and other stakeholders to develop strategies to ensure containment, but also, to ensure essential services and supports remained possible in the location. This response also recognizes the unique needs of vulnerable populations during crisis situations. We hope the public will also recognize these needs must be met as part of a comprehensive harm reduction and infectious disease containment strategy.

The release said resources included mental health, primary care, EMS medical monitoring and site coordination. Local food and social support organizations ensures the vital supports including food, water, clothing, essential care products. Public Health provided Harm Reduction, and Case and Contact Management Services in line with Provincial protocols and guidelines.