COVID-19 Community Update #2
March 16, 2020
Brantford, ON - Over the weekend, the Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) was notified of 25 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Brantford and Brant County that meet the new definition of what is considered a case, set by the Ministry of Health last week.
These cases are being considered probable cases, without lab testing confirmation, as per the Ministry of Health's new directives. Lab testing has been for ordered for these 25 cases and results are still pending. These individuals are being followed with case and contact management as if they are confirmed cases until test results are received.
As of today, Brantford and Brant County still have no lab confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Staying at home until you feel well is still the best course of action anyone can take to avoid spreading COVID-19.
If symptoms require medical attention, residents are asked to:
call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
call their health-care provider
call 911, if immediate medical assistance is needed
go to the emergency department, being sure to call ahead at 519-751-5818
The Ministry of Health has developed a self-assessment tool to help determine if residents should seek further care. All probable cases should be reported to BCHU, via phone (519-753-4937 and press '1') or email, in order for our staff to conduct contact tracing as well as to keep an accurate picture of how the virus is affecting our community.
In order to decrease transmission of COVID-19, public health units across the province are now recommending that all residents practice social distancing. Social distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come in close contact with. This will help to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The BCHU COVID-19 call centre continues to experience high call volumes. We have recently responded by adding more staff and have increased the line's hours of operation.
BCHU will host a media briefing at BCHU headquarters (194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford, ON.) on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about novel coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit our website.