COVID-19 cases spike in Haldimand Norfolk – no change in Brant

BRANTFORD – The Brant County Health Unit is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Of the seven active cases in the community, one is in hospital and six are at home in isolation. There have been a total of 98 recoveries and four deaths.

Acting Medical Officer of Health with the Brant County Health Unit, Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke.

The Brant County Health Unit also continues its testing of all residents and staff at congregate living facilities. Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, says to date, eleven living facilities have had testing completed. “Thus far, 631 tests have been administered to staff and clients at these facilities,” Dr. Urbantke stated in her bi-weekly media briefing. “We have not had a positive test result reported from anyone associated with these settings.”

The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit is reporting 44 new cases of COVID-19. In total, there are 382 confirmed cases in the area, including 136 recoveries and 31 deaths. The spike in numbers Tuesday can be attributed to migrant workers at Scotlynn Group farms.

Provincially, Ontario public health officials report 446 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, a marked increase since the past weekend. There have also been two new deaths in young adults. The province now has 3,932 active cases, 2,293 deaths, and 22,484 recovered patients for a total of 28,709.

The province reported 323 cases on Saturday, 326 on Sunday, and 404 on Monday. Much of Ontario’s case growth came from outbreaks in agricultural settings in southern Ontario, including the Norfolk County farm complex with 164 cases among its migrant workforce and a greenhouse near St. Catharines with at least 20 cases.