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COVID cases spike locally after Hanover rooming house outbreak

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A COVID outbreak in a Hanover rooming house caused Grey-Bruce’s new cases to spike Friday.

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Cases current to midnight Thursday added 12 new cases, including nine in Hanover and one each in Arran-Elderslie, Brockton and Owen Sound, the health unit’s daily situation report said.

By late Friday afternoon, there were 11 cases linked to the rooming house outbreak, the Grey Bruce Health Unit said in a separate news release. The additional cases will be included in Saturday’s case count update.

Now the health unit is following 21 active cases, nine involving a variant of concern. Another 37 active, high-risk contacts are being monitored.

There have been 1,361 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 1,333 of those have resolved.

One person is in hospital due to COVID and there remain five local COVID-related deaths and two related COVID deaths. Ninety-seven local health care workers have had COVID.

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Ontario reported 914 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 more deaths Friday — higher than earlier this week — but the seven-day rolling average still fell to 889 cases.

The seven-day average was the lowest since last October. In April, the seven-day average often exceeded 4,000.

There have been 534,396 confirmed cases of the pandemic virus and 8,820 deaths due to COVID since Jan. 15, 2020, the province reported.

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People who don’t have a record of their COVID-19 vaccinations who would like to print a receipt showing they’re vaccinated, visit https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. The site requires individuals to provide information from their health card.

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Meaford Mayor Barb Clumpus issued a message Friday that looks forward to the first stage of reopening under the province’s plan, scheduled to start June 14 if not sooner.

But before then, the splash pad at McCarroll Park will open this weekend, as will public washrooms in all of Meaford’s parks.

Once Step One in the provincial reopening plan is reached, Blue Dolphin Pool will open with capacity limits in place. Retail store restrictions will ease and patio dining will become available, her message posted on Meaford’s website said.

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