Ontario wedding leads to COVID-19 outbreak with 18 confirmed cases

Nov 5 2020, 10:34 am

An Ontario wedding has lead to a COVID-19 outbreak with 18 confirmed cases.

The Region of Waterloo Public Health declared the outbreak happened at an event space in Waterloo where “a wedding-related event was held.”

Dr. Ryan Van Meer, the region’s associate medical officer of health, told Daily Hive that they are investigating and contacting high-risk contacts and following up with them individually.

“All cases related to this event, including those who do not live in Waterloo Region, are being reported on our dashboard on our outbreak table,” Hyer said in a written statement on Thursday.

“However, out of region residents will not be included towards the total case count for Waterloo Region. This is consistent with how we have reported cases related to other outbreaks. At this time, most cases related to this outbreak reside outside Waterloo Region.”

Names are not being disclosed at this time in order to protect peoples’ identity and disclosing the name of the facility is only necessary if the health unit can’t reach contact through case and contact management, Hyer added.

Last week, York Region Public Health (YRPH) issued a public notice of an outbreak of coronavirus after over 40 people linked to a two-day wedding in Vaughan tested positive.

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