Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is warning people who attended The Duke Pub in Belleville, Ontario, on November 28 and November 30 that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

According to a statement issued by HPEPH on Friday, the health unit is “in the process of investigating a case of COVID-19 that was present in the pub at this time.”

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Anyone who has attended the pub on either day is advised to monitor for COVID symptoms and to isolate themselves if any develop.

“There has been a very worrying increase in COVID-19 cases in our region and this puts the entire community at risk,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, HPEPH Acting Medical Health Officer. “While proof of vaccination helps reduce the potential risk for people who were at The Duke Pub, anyone who was there on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 should closely monitor symptoms and, if they develop, should to isolate himself immediately and only leave isolation to seek evidence or urgent medical attention. “

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Toumishey is urging anyone in the community who is not vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or eligible for a booster dose to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Vaccination is the best thing residents can do to protect themselves from COVID-19,” he says.

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While HPEPH generally does not disclose the location of COVID-19 cases to protect people’s privacy, the health unit says it is disclosing the information “to meet public health goals, such as prompt notification of potential contacts. and reduce the risk of further transmission. “

HPEPH is in the process of connecting with high-risk contacts related to this case. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to immediately isolate and undergo testing.

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