First coronavirus case confirmed in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit area

BROCKVILLE — The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has recorded its first case of COVID-19, a woman in her 70s who had recently returned from the United States.

The region’s medical officer of health, Dr. Paula Stewart, confirmed the positive test result yesterday.

The infected person was assessed and tested “using all appropriate precautions,” according to the LGLHU.

She’s in isolation at home with follow-up from the public health nurse.

“Having an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in our area is not surprising” reported Dr. Stewart. “This reinforces the importance of the public health measures in place such as school and non-essential service closures, as well as personal precautions like staying at home for 14 days after travel outside the country, physical distancing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and regular hand hygiene.”

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

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