COVID-19 comes back to Prince Edward County

IN THE RED- A pair of positive COVID-19 cases have been announced by Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health. (HPEPH Graphic)

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

For the first time since the spring, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has turned up in Prince Edward County.

A pair of positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed by laboratory test on Monday, and are are from Prince Edward County. Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health Communication Coordinator Karen LaRose confirmed the two cases are “related residents” of the County who contracted the COVID-19 during travel outside the province.

The individuals are in self-isolation and being monitored by health officials.

In early April, a staff member of Hallowell House Long Term Care home tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolated at home for 14 days.

There was no documented reports of further transmission in the community.

This brings the total number of lab confirmed cases in the Quinte region announced in the last 14 days to three. Prior to the cases in Prince Edward County, a pair of unrelated cases attributed to close contact outside of the region were found in Centre Hastings.

This latest announcement of positive tests in Prince Edward County brings the case count in the HPEPH region to 48 since monitoring began this spring.

Of those cases, three remain active while 39 people have recovered. In total, five fatalities attributed to COVID-19 have been documented in the HPEPH catchment area.

Updates will be posted as they develop.