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Media Release: Potential Low-Risk COVID-19 Exposure at Sandbanks Winery (Wellington)

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/March 27,  2021

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising individuals who visited Sandbanks Winery on the afternoon of March 20 that they may have had a low risk exposure to COVID-19. Anyone who visited the facility on this date must self-monitor and if symptoms of COVID-19 develop, seek testing, even if symptoms are very mild. Impacted individuals are encouraged to review the attached letter for more information.

An individual who was at the facility on this date has tested positive for COVID-19 and has screened positive for a Variant of Concern (VOC). While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed in order to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission.

While low-risk contacts are instructed to monitor for symptoms, they are not required to isolate unless symptoms develop or they are otherwise instructed to do so by HPEPH. Any individuals who develop symptoms must isolate immediately, book an appointment at an assessment centre, and get tested. It is understood that individuals will need to leave isolation to seek testing.

“While the risk to patrons is relatively low, promptly identifying cases of COVID-19, and in particular cases of VOC, is critical to slow the spread in our area” says Dr. Oglaza. “To avoid spreading illness to others, anyone who visited Sandbanks Winery on the afternoon of March 20 must monitor closely for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop – even if symptoms are very mild.”

Information about where you can get tested can be found at hpePublicHealth.ca. To learn more about COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk, visit hpePublicHealth.ca or visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how to protect yourself and stop the spread COVID-19. All residents are also reminded that no one is immune to the virus and some individuals may be exposed despite their best efforts. Be kind to one another as we work together to stop the spread of this virus. 

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Media contacts

Maureen Hyland, Communications Specialist
mhyland@hpeph.ca

Emily Tubbs, Communications Specialist
etubbs@hpeph.ca

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Appointments for individuals 5+ can be booked through the provincial vaccine booking site, or by calling 1-833-943-3900 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.  

Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

Visit the HPEPH vaccine booking web page for details.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Symptoms or exposure? Visit www.ontario.ca/exposed for the most up to date information about what to do.

For the most up to date information on current provincial restrictions, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures.

The Ministry of Health has launched a new toll-free line as an additional resource to help answer questions from the public regarding evolving COVID-19 testing and isolation guidance. The line can be reached at 1-888-777-0730, and is available from 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week.