Brant County Health Unit reports one new COVID-19 case, but no hospitalizations

The Brant County Health Unit is reporting one new confirmed case of COVID-19 Thursday. There are currently no patients in the hospital in the community due to the illness. The five active cases are self-isolating at home. In total, 102 patients have recovered from the virus, and four have resulted in death.

The current numbers reported by the Brant County Health Unit do not include the 122 migrant workers affected by an outbreak at a Vittoria farm. The workers are serving their mandatory 14 day isolation period at a Brantford’s Best Western Brant Park Inn. However, BCHU officials say those cases are reflected under the Haldimand-Norfolk numbers as they are considered residents of that area.

The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, for a total of 387 patients, 138 of whom have recovered, and 31 have died.

Ontario health officials reported 356 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, along with a jump in deaths to 45 in one day, which may have been due to a lag in reporting from local public health units. There were 19 deaths reported on Wednesday.

Provincially, there are now 29,403 total cases, of which 23,208 are considered fully recovered, 2,357 deaths, and 3,838 remaining active.

The Vittoria company at the centre of an outbreak at an asparagus farm says it will continue to concentrate on the health and safety of its workers and will implement weekly random COVID-19 surveillance testing at all migrant worker housing locations.

One hundred sixty-four of Scottlyn Group’s 221 migrant workers tested positive for COVID-19 last week. The outbreak has prompted the Scotlynn Group to take additional precautions. The company says it has made remote work options available, added safeguards for administrative staff, heightened cleaning and sanitizing procedures, prohibited visitors from entering facilities and will hire a third party cleaning service to disinfect the Vittoria offices, living spaces, vehicles, and equipment.

Scotlynn Group says those workers currently self-isolating will continue to receive their entire compensation, including wages, lodging, and all required amenities. The company hopes to return all employees to work as soon as it’s safe to do so. Meantime, the company has walked away from its nearly 400 acres of asparagus, as they lack the resources to salvage and harvest the 3 million pound crop.