A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a restaurant near Toronto after hundreds of people were potentially exposed to a variant of concern.
Halton Region Public Health (HRPH) is warning diners who visited Oliver’s Steakhouse Restaurant in Oakville between March 8 and 13 that they may have come into contact with a virus variant.
“We estimate that over 200 patrons were potentially exposed,” Asif Chowdhury, a
communications specialist for Halton Region, told Daily Hive.
Chowdhury confirmed that five staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 to date.
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HRPH is attempting to contact diners who may have been exposed to the virus, but caution that the notification process “may take some time.”
As a result, the health unit is asking anyone who was at the restaurant on the aforementioned dates to self-isolate for 14 days, and to get tested for COVID-19.
Halton Region stressed the “important role” that residents play in reducing virus spread, follow public health measures, and supporting contact tracing efforts.
To date, Ontario has seen 327,083 COVID-19 cases and 7,223 virus-related deaths.