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Huron-Perth health unit closes Millbank, Ont., restaurant temporarily after linked COVID-19 case

Anna Mae's Bakery and Restaurant in Millbank, Ont.
Anna Mae's Bakery and Restaurant in Millbank, Ont. Global News

A bakery and restaurant in Perth East has been closed temporarily by the region’s health unit after a positive case of COVID-19 associated with the business.

Officials with Huron Perth Public Health said Tuesday that Anna Mae’s Bakery and Restaurant in Millbank, Ont., would be closed as a public health investigation was conducted.

Risk to the public from the case was low, and health officials said the business owners supported the decision to close and were being fully cooperative.

Few other details about the case have been released by the health unit.

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The business, first opened in 1978, describes itself as a “family owned and operated Mennonite restaurant and bakery” on its website.

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A page on the business’ website details the steps the owners have taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, including increased sanitation, contactless pickup, and plexiglass barriers.

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The health unit reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, both in Perth East. The area is home to all five of the region’s known active cases.

In a media release issued Sunday, the health unit reported that the cases in Perth East were linked to the region’s Low German speaking communities.

“All cases in Perth East are self-isolating and contract tracing is being done with the support of the leadership of the local Low German speaking community,” the health unit said.

Such communities have been seeing an increase in cases across southwestern Ontario, including in Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex.

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