A male in his 30’s has tested positive for the virus in Elgin County according to a message sent out from the Southwestern Public Health Unit.

Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health for Southwestern Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the region. A male in his 30s tested positive for COVID-19 after close contact with someone outside the region who has the virus.

This individual was assessed, tested and released by London Heath Sciences Centre. They are now in self-isolation at home and being followed by Southwestern Public Health.

“This does not change our protocols around containment of the COVID-19 virus in our area,” said Dr. Lock. “We are following up with any contacts of the individual and ensuring the public is aware and protected from the spread of this virus. It is important to know that most people with this virus will have mild to moderate symptoms. Anyone who is concerned should phone their health care provider, Telehealth Ontario or public health about next steps.”

To protect the health of the public and prevent community spread, Southwestern Public Health is investigating and following up with close contacts. The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, are to:

• Practice social distancing. Put two metres between yourself and others when you are out in the community.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand rub.
• Stay home if you’re sick.
• Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces daily. Use a disinfectant and follow manufacturer’s instructions.


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