Update: Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumps to eight in Brant area

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brant jumped to eight on Sunday.

That’s up from seven cases on Saturday, when the Brant County Health Unit said one of the new cases was the first involving community transmission in the local area.

The health unit corrected its earlier report on Sunday that said the number had grown to nine.

The number of lab-confimed cases of COVID-19 is updated daily on the Brant County Health Unit website. The health unit area includes both Brantford and the County of Brant.

No information about the new cases was immediately available.

More than 300 COVID-19 tests have been given to Brantford and Brant residents.

Dr. Elizabeth Urbantke, Brant’s medical officer of health, said Friday that people need to assume they can contract COVID-19 anywhere.

“As the pandemic continues to evolve and community spread has been established in many neighbouring communities, the who, when, where and how of each individual case are becoming much less critical,” said Urbantke.

“Local, provincial and national orders and recommendations are illustrating that we have to assume an individual can catch this illness anywhere at this point.”

The health unit will no longer issue media releases to announce each new case.

All those who have been reported to the health unit, including positive cases, those awaiting test results and people who met the case definition but were not tested, are actively monitored by health unit staff, said Urbantke. Reporting of these groups is required by law.

The health unit doesn’t test for COVID-19 but refers people to Brant Community Healthcare System’s COVID-19 assessment centre at the civic centre auditorium.

People who think they may be infected are asked to first:

* Take a self-assessment test online that walks a user through the symptoms of COVID-19 (found at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0)

* If the assessment calls for it, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your doctor.

* And, if advised, then call the Brant Community Healthcare System hotline at 519-751-5818 to book an appointment at the assessment centre.

Don’t go to the assessment centre without an appointment.

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