Local COVID-19 Cases Remain Stable Ahead of Phase Two Launch

BRANTFORD – The Brant County Health Unit reported one new case of COVID-19 Wednesday, bringing the total number of 116 positive test results, including 104 recoveries and four deaths. Since Friday, Brantford-Brant has reported five new cases of the coronavirus.

The Brant County Health Unit’s Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, is asking businesses permitted to reopen to follow strict sector-specific health guidelines. The province has produced 105 guidance documents for business sectors set to open to help employees, as well as the public, stay safe.

As some neighbouring jurisdictions to Brantford and Brant County remain in the province’s stage one of their reopening plans, Dr. Urbantke says, the emphasis on local businesses abiding by the guidelines is of the utmost importance, but costumers also have responsibility. Dr.Urbantke says it is important people do not forget to practice physical distancing, proper handwashing, and following the guidelines laid out by the businesses and services they are supporting.

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk remains unchanged Wednesday at 397, including 140 recoveries and 31 deaths.

Provincially, fewer than 300 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported for the third day in a row, sparking some optimism that the transmission of the virus could finally be on the wane after remaining high for weeks. The Ministry of Health says 251 new cases of the virus were confirmed over
the last 24 hours. That number is up slightly from the 230 cases reported on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health also reports eleven more deaths of COVID-19 patients, which is the lowest that number has been since June 1st.