Employee at Parent’s Independent garden centre in Rockland tests positive

Parent's Independent in Rockland. ©Google.

ROCKLAND — A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in a garden-centre employee at Parent’s Independent in Rockland, though the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) says risk to the public “is considered to be low.”

The employee was present at the 2737 Laurier St. operation while potentially contagious as a day-shift cashier in the store’s outdoor garden centre on  May 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, according to the EOHU, which is working with the store to assess the risk to other employees and to trace contacts of the infected worker — who is now in isolation.

It’s the EOHU region’s 140th recorded case of COVID-19 since the start of the start of the pandemic.

“Although we feel that the risk to the public is low, we’re releasing this information so that people who shopped in the garden centre at the Parent’s Independent during this period are aware,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “As a precaution, shoppers who were there on these dates should self-monitor for symptoms. If they start to feel symptoms, they should seek testing.”

Common symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, muscle aches and more. (See www.EOHU.ca/coronavirus).

Testing is offered at a number of COVID-19 assessment centres in the region. Anyone presenting with
symptoms who attended Parent’s Independent garden store on the dates above should indicate to the assessment centre that they were potentially exposed. The EOHU has recently expanded the testing criteria to open up testing to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms.

The EOHU says it reminds everyone across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, and the City of Cornwall that precautionary measures are essential to protect the general public, including the most vulnerable, like seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions.

“Although we’re seeing a gradual re-opening of places and activities, it’s still very important for everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and others,” says Dr. Roumeliotis. “This includes limiting non-essential outings, and staying home if you’re sick.”

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