Health Unit managing cluster of new COVID cases

By Haldimand Press Staff

HALDIMAND—The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is working to manage a “group” of COVID-19 cases.

“These cases are related to workplaces, as well as places of worship,” said an HNHU press release.

Fernlea Flowers in Delhi is one of the workplaces affected, where seven people have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals are currently self-isolating. While Fernlea is located in the Health Unit region, “a number” of the affected individuals live elsewhere. For reporting purposes, positive cases of COVID-19 are recorded in the jurisdiction in which the individual lives, rather than where they work.

HALDIMAND/NORFOLK—This chart summarizes the number of cases per day since the identification of the first case. There is some variability in the cases reported on any particular day (dark green bars). The light green line represents the cumulative frequency, or the number of total cases as the pandemic progresses. For up-to-date stats locally, visit hnhu.org/covid-19.

Matt Terry, Director of Corporate Communications for Norfolk County, added, “Please don’t take this to mean that Fernlea is somehow ‘responsible’ for the cases – they just chose to be included in our media release. As you know, we always have to balance what’s useful for the public to know and the right to privacy that individuals and companies have. At this time, I can’t provide any more information on any other affected places.”

Terry noted that HNHU is investigating these cases “as a cluster or clusters, in that they may be connected in some way”.

When asked about the total number of people considered to potentially be a part of this cluster, Terry said, “I don’t know the total number, as testing is continuing as contact tracing continues. Also note that not all of these cases will be recorded in our numbers, as the cases are recorded in the jurisdiction the person lives.”

The Health Unit will continue to provide updates.

The Press requested a comment from Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, but did not receive a response as of press time.

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