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Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health reports first case of COVID-19

Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health says an individual that was on the Grand Princess cruise ship off California has tested positive for COVID-19.

He arrived along with other Canadians on a flight to Canadian Forces Base Trenton on March 9th. “The passenger developed mild symptoms during the flight from Oakland,” Public Health says in a statement. “Public Health Ontario laboratory tests have confirmed infection with the COVID-19 virus.”

They say the infected individual has been “closely monitored” during the flight and since touching down at CFB Trenton. The health unit says the person will remain in isolation at the base and under the care of the Public Health Agency of Canada. “The Canadian Red Cross has established a dedicated clinic at CFB Trenton, to monitor the repatriated Canadians on-site during their 14-day quarantine,” they add.

“The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority,” says HPEPH’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Piotr Oglaza. “We are working collaboratively, following established protocols, and undertaking all possible infection control precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

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He says the risk of “person-to-person spread” in the region is still low.

Public Health reminds residents to stay calm and continue with proper hygiene practices and remaining at home if they do not feel well. “Infection control measures in Canada have been very effective at minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” Public Health says.

Updates will be posted on Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health’s website. A website has also been set-up by the provincial government to monitor the spread of COVID-19.

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