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Potential low-risk COVID-19 exposure at Picton Tim Hortons

Customers who visited Tim Hortons in Picton on May 3, 4, 8 or 9, (including drive through customers) are advised they may have had a low risk exposure to COVID-19.

Tim Hortons in Picton has also closed temporarily to ensure any impacted areas are sanitized.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising anyone who visited the restaurant on these dates must self-monitor and if symptoms of COVID-19 develop, seek testing, even if symptoms are very mild.

An individual who was at the restaurant during these dates has tested positive for COVID-19. While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed in order to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission.

HPEPH is in the process of identifying and contacting all high-risk contacts related to this case. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested. High-risk contacts are required to remain in isolation for a minimum of 14 days after their exposure, regardless of test results.

While low-risk contacts are instructed to monitor for symptoms, they are not required to isolate unless symptoms develop or they are otherwise instructed to do so by HPEPH. Any individuals who develop symptoms must isolate from others immediately, book an appointment at an assessment centre, get tested. It is understood that individuals will need to leave isolation to seek testing.

“While the risk to customers is relatively low, promptly identifying cases of COVID-19 is critical to slow the spread in our area” said Dr. Oglaza. “To avoid spreading illness to others, all individuals who visited Tim Hortons Picton on these dates must monitor for symptoms and seek testing if symptoms develop – even if symptoms are very mild.”

Information about where you can get tested can be found at hpePublicHealth.ca

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