Guelph reports first Omicron COVID-19 variant case

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Guelph’s public health unit is reporting the city’s first lab-confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The positive case is a male between the age of 10 and 20 and is considered fully vaccinated, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said in a statement on Friday.

The agency also added that the individual is experiencing mild symptoms.

“This is a reminder that we must remain vigilant,” said medical officer of health Dr. Nicola Mercer.

“I know it has been a long pandemic, but we must continue to act in ways that protect ourselves, those we love, and our communities from this virus.”

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Public health said it is now investigating the case and several potential related cases. Officials will be contacting any high-risk exposures to the positive case.

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The community does not need to take any additional steps at this time unless directed by public health.

“This is a time to act with caution,” Dr. Mercer said.

“We know that the combined protection of the public health measures available to us — masking, physical distancing, limiting gathering sizes and getting first, second and booster doses of a COVID-19 vaccine — will continue to protect us against the virus.”

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As of Friday, there were 101 active COVID-19 cases confirmed in Guelph after 33 new cases were reported.

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There are eight active outbreaks among Guelph schools, including Guelph Montessori School, where 11 cases have been confirmed.

Across Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, five cases were being treated in a hospital, including three in intensive care.

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