Brantford sees rise in COVID-19 cases

BRANTFORD — Brant County Health Unit says there were nine new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the region this week.

That is up from three cases in the two weeks prior.

Acting Medical Officer of Health for BCHU Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke said four of the nine cases were traced back to the same social circle.

“What we know about COVID-19 is that most cases are spread through close contact of longer than 15 minutes. This is why following guidance around keeping close contact to social circles of 10 people or less is so important at this stage of the response. When limiting close contact to 10 people, you are effectively containing any spread of the illness to that group,” said Urbantke.

“It can definitely look alarming to see numbers go up, but the trends the Health Unit is seeing from our contact tracing efforts have remained consistent throughout the latest phase of our response.”

Urbantke said residents in the region should continue to follow public health advise to maintain physical distancing, wash hands often, limit close contacts and wear face masks to contain and minimize the possibility of local outbreaks.

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