COVID-19 outbreak with nine confirmed cases linked to wedding in York Region

Nov 19 2020, 5:10 pm

A series of wedding-related events in the Township of King has led to nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional seven probable cases of the virus.

York Region Public Health issued a public notice of the outbreak on November 17 and were notified of the first associated case on November 14.

They say a series of “wedding-related events” took place at a private residence on November 6 and 7 and that someone with a confirmed case of the virus attended the events while contagious.

The risk of exposure to other guests is high, the public health unit said.

Currently, all positive cases are residents of York Region, although people living in Peel Region and Toronto also attended the wedding. The health authority says they are working with the family to notify attendees about potential exposure.

York Region Public Health is advising anyone who attended the wedding to self-isolate until Sunday, November 22 – 14 days from the time of potential exposure – and to monitor for symptoms of coronavirus.

Even those who are asymptomatic or who test negative for the virus must isolate for the two-week period, they say. All attendees are asked to call their local public health units and tell them that they attended the events.

“This cluster of COVID-19 infections serves as a reminder of the importance of physical distancing with anyone outside of your immediate household and wearing masks or face coverings in indoor public spaces,” York Region Public Health said.

This is the latest in a series of COVID-19 outbreaks linked to weddings in York Region.

In October, more than 40 people tested positive for the virus after a two-day wedding in Vaughan. Earlier this month, 17 people tested positive following two weddings and related events in the same city.

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