Omicron variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Halton and Durham regions cases
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has confirmed a person in their investigation into a Halton Region community has tested positive for the coronavirus. A second positive case was detected in a Durham Region hospital. Both cases are in the hospital’s ICU.
Police are investigating all exposures linked to the cluster. In these instances, the OPP has partnered with investigators at the Durham Region Public Health Unit and Public Health Ontario.
The OPP says there are no concerns regarding travel or other community exposures. The Halton case is a 31-year-old Halton Region woman living in Halton Memorial Centre. She is recovering at home.
According to her doctors, she will remain in the hospital to fight the coronavirus.
The 31-year-old woman has been hospitalized since March 1, 2019. The OPP has been in contact with her over the last 48 hours.
This morning the OPP said the woman “is showing signs of improvement.” At this time, there is no evidence any contact has been made with other people.
On March 5, 2019, the Halton Community Health Unit issued a media alert to the Halton Region area in an unusual way. The alert advised women who have recently given birth or are pregnant to call 1-888-935-8585 if they developed flu-like symptoms.
It said they should call health authorities to get a test done for COVID-19. They will be told how to get tested for the illness. If they are found to have the virus, the alert said they would be asked to get a follow-up test. That would cost $75.
On March 9, the Region’s Emergency Operations Centre was told a third case was confirmed. A Durham Region resident, who will be tested for COVID-19, was in hospital for