Brant Medical Officer of Health urges residents to stay vigilant in Stage Two

BRANTFORD – Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by the Brant County Health Unit Tuesday. The total positive cases in the community are now 115, including four deaths and 104 recoveries. None of the seven active cases are hospitalized.

Brant County Health Unit’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, says none of those patients are related to the 122 migrant workers with the disease who are spending their mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Brantford hotel.

“There have been four new cases since Friday,” Dr. Urbantke says. “Two are female, two are male, aging from 20’s to 60’s. All are self-isolating at home. Two are close contacts of a confirmed case, and the transmission of the other two is still under investigation, but no relation to the isolating farm workers.”

Dr. Urbantke also says residents must stay vigilant with physical distancing and hand washing as the province enters Stage Two of reopening the economy and the possibility of outside visitors to the community.

“I think the reality that our community, like many others in Southern Ontario is very interconnected to many others that may still be in Stage One,” Dr. Urbantke says. “Until this point in the pandemic, we’ve seen Brant residents travel outside out area for work and many people commute into Brant every day to their employers here. Despite this, community spread in our jurisdiction remains relatively low.”

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit also reported two new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, for a total number of positive cases recorded to 397, including 140 recoveries and 31 deaths.

Provincially, the number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to trend downward, with 230 new infections reported Tuesday. That’s down from 243 Monday. There are now 31,090 lab-confirmed cases in Ontario, including 24, 829 recoveries and 2, 464 deaths.