Montreal public health is urging anyone who attended indoor or outdoor Latin dance classes to get tested for COVID-19.
Montreal’s Director of Public Health, Mylène Drouin, said at least three people have tested positive for COVID-19 in “one or several” classes since July 31.
At least two positive cases happened on August 14 at a downtown dance studio and a studio near Frédéric-Back park on August 15. A Latin dance event organized in Lafontaine Park and Verdun could also be linked to the outbreak, according to Santé Montreal.
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“This call for screening is even more important for people who have presented the following symptoms related to COVID-19: fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, loss of smell, sore throat, headache, and pain in muscles,” Drouin said in French. “Montreal screening clinics are notified and ready to screen participants in these events.”
Drouin reminds Montrealers that dancing remains prohibited in the province as it carries a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.
APPEL AU DÉPISTAGE | La #SantéPubliqueMTL lance un appel au #dépistage de la #COVID19 pour toutes les personnes ayant fréquenté des événements de danse latine s’étant déroulés, à l’extérieur ou à l’intérieur, depuis le vendredi 31 juillet. ➡️ https://t.co/b22CKABb3z pic.twitter.com/w0JUZJWlun
— Dre Mylène Drouin, directrice santé publique Mtl (@Santepub_Mtl) August 24, 2020