Southwestern Public Health Confirms First Case of COVID-19 in Our Region

A man in his 30's from Elgin County tested positive after coming in close contact with someone outside the region who has the virus.

OXFORD COUNTY/ST.THOMAS/ELGIN COUNTY - Southwestern Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the region.

A man in his 30's from Elgin County tested positive after coming in close contact with someone outside the region who has the virus. 

The person was assessed, tested and released by London Health Sciences Centre. They are now in self-isolation at home and being followed by Southwestern Public Health.

Medical Officer of health Dr. Joyce Lock says they are currently working on reaching out to anyone who man have had close contact with this man. 

"This does not change our protocols around containment of the COVID-19 virus in our area. We are following up with any contacts of the individual and ensuring the public is aware and protected from the spread of this virus. It is important to know that most people with this virus will have mild to moderate symptoms. Anyone who is concerned should phone their health care provider, Telehealth Ontario or public health about next steps."

While this is the first official case in our region, it feels like the second after a woman contracted COVID-19 from Brant County, however the woman also worked at the Woodstock Hospital. 

To protect the health of the public and prevent community spread, Southwestern Public Health is investigating and following up with close contacts.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are to:

- Practice social distancing. Put two metres between yourself and others when you are out in the community.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.
- Stay home if you're sick.
- Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily. Use a disinfectant and follow manufacturer’s instructions.

In order to serve as a credible source of information for the community related to COVID-19, Southwestern Public Health updates its social media channels and website daily. Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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