Santé Montreal urges people who attended Latin dance classes to get tested

Aug 24 2020, 9:53 am

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.

“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.

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