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8 lab-confirmed, 234 probable cases of COVID-19 in Hastings, Prince Edward counties

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is now counting probable cases in its COVID-19 number.
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is now counting probable cases in its COVID-19 number. Global Kingston

There are now a total of eight lab-confirmed cases and over 200 probable cases of COVID-19 in the Hastings and Prince Edward region.

Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health does not release information about the people who have contracted the novel coronavirus disease in the region, apart from the way the disease was contracted.

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The eighth case of the disease identified in the region has now died, according to the public health unit. No details, other than the person contracted COVID-19 through community spread, have been released.

The public health unit is also counting untested probable cases in its number, which, as of Tuesday, stands at 234.

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“At this time, a probable case is considered a person exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 who has travelled outside of Canada, has had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or has had close contact with a person who has acute respiratory illness and has travelled outside of Canada within 14 days prior to the onset of illness,” the public health unit said.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is helping the federal government treat repatriated travellers at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton but does not give information about patients who have tested positive on the base.

On Tuesday, chief public health officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam announced all Grand Princess passengers that were being held at CFB Trenton have now been released with a clean bill of health.

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