Niagara confirms third case of COVID-19

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Niagara Region press release – Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services is investigating a confirmed case of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a 47-year-old male with a travel history to Europe. This is Niagara region’s third case of COVID-19.

The patient is recovering at home in self-isolation. The patient has interacted only with his immediate family during the time he may have been contagious and has not exposed anyone in the community. All protocols were followed by health care providers resulting in no exposure of themselves nor other patients.

“As we continue to see growing COVID-19 cases around the world, we expect to continue to see travel-related cases in Niagara,” said Dr. Mustafa Hirji, medical officer of health (acting), Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services. “However, we are not seeing any local circulation of the virus, and so our risk remains low. Everyone should feel comfortable continuing with their daily activities, but taking reasonable measures to reduce their risk with hand hygiene and social distancing.”

Contact Niagara Region Public Health and Emergency Services by calling 905-688-8248 ext. 7019 or toll-free 1-888-505-6074 if you have a fever, or new cough, or shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, and any of the following:

  • Travelled outside of Canada in the 14 days before the onset of illness
  • Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • 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

  • Avoid all non-essential international travel, as recommended by Provincial and Federal health authorities
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding unnecessary close interaction with others (e.g. shaking hands, deferring events)
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily. Use a disinfectant and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Call ahead if visiting your health care provider for infectious symptoms so they can plan to protect others from the spread of the virus.

As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind everyone the importance of using credible sources to stay informed. We update our website frequently as new information is confirmed. We encourage all Niagara residents to visit our Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

For information regarding travel, please visit the Government of Canada website.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

 

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