Brant County Health Unit now has 67 confirmed positive coronavirus cases

BRANTFORD — Acting Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eleizabeth Urbantke updated the local numbers of COVID-19 infections in the region.

As of April 14 BCHU has 67 confirmed positive cases including one death and 32 resolved cases. Seven patients are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

There have been a total of 1008 tests conducted by BCHU with 570 negative test results. Urbantke says 20 cases are a result of suspected community transmission, 29 cases are close contacts of a confirmed case and 11 cases are travel related.

The transmission of 7 cases is still under investigation.

There are currently no active long-term care or retirement home COVID-19 outbreaks.

The outbreak at St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre previously reported was declared over on Sunday, April 12. All of the pending tests remaining from staff and residents have come back negative.

An outbreak is declared over when there are no new cases in residents or staff after 14 days from putting the last case into isolation.

The Health Unit also published details for local residents to report COVID-19 related complaints to if they are witness to violations of provincial orders or local bylaws in place to halt transmission of the virus.

“Between March 30 and April 13, BCHU has responded to 64 complaints from Brant residents. 56 were in regards to a lack of physical distancing, five were workplace related and three were related to self-isolation violations,” said Urbantke.

“In addition to the response of complaints, BCHU enforcement officers also conduct daily, proactive, general education visits to establishments like grocery stores, banks, small delis, dollar stores and pharmacies to ensure the number of people inside is reasonable, line ups are managed for distancing and staff are aware of their responsibilities,” said Urbantke.

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