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Health Unit Details Grey Bruce's COVID-19 Case Locations

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Seventeen of the region's 33 confirmed cases have been in Owen Sound.

Owen Sound has seen the majority of Grey Bruce's 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has released location data detailing the number of cases by municipality in Grey and Bruce counties.

Twenty-seven of the region's known positive COVID-19 cases have been in Grey County municipalities: 17 in Owen Sound, three in West Grey, three in Grey Highlands, two in Southgate, one in Georgian Bluffs and one in Meaford.

In Bruce County, the Health Unit says there have been two cases in Saugeen Shores, two in South Bruce Peninsula, one in Kincardine and one in Huron-Kinloss.

However, the Grey Bruce Health Unit says while the list indicates the location where confirmed cases reside, the location of where these people acquired the disease is unknown and could be in any location in Grey and Bruce.

"Confirmed community spread means the virus exists in many locations beyond the location of the confirmed cases. Identifying the home municipality of a confirmed case should not provide any reassurance to those who may consider it safer to go to a different locale as there are presumed cases in every municipality," a release from the Grey Bruce Health Unit explains. "With community spread, there is a level of risk associated with any location."

The Health Unit notes Owen Sound's count includes cases in long-term care faculties. The city is home to the Maple View long-term care facility, which has been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak since April 1.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has not disclosed how many workers and residents at the facility have tested positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for Southbridge Care Homes, the owner and operator of Maple View, did tell Bayshore Broadcasting News "several additional staff and resident tests" have come back positive since the first two cases at the facility, two employees, were confirmed.

Meantime, Grey Bruce's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Arra is strongly recommending against all non-essential travel to and from Bruce and Grey counties.

"If you are already in Grey Bruce, residents or visitors alike, stay home and exercise appropriate social and physical distancing," Arra says in a statement. "We all ought to do this to break the chain of transmission."

The Health Unit confirmed one new case in Grey Bruce on Friday: a male in his 60s who is at home self-isolating. One person remains hospitalized. There have been 10 recoveries in the region to date.

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