Haldimand emergency worker tests positive for COVID-19

The worker didn't live in Haldimand, so the county still has no confirmed cases among residents. Brant has three cases, and Niagara has nine cases.

Niagara region has recorded its first COVID-19 related death

A Haldimand County emergency worker has tested positive for COVID-19. (Haldimand County)

A Haldimand County emergency services worker has tested positive for COVID-19.

The worker doesn't live in Haldimand, and is self isolating, the county said in a media release. Now the joint health unit for the two counties is following up on anyone who had close contact. 

"This news may be unsettling, but it isn't a shock," said Mayor Ken Hewitt in a statement. "Like so many other communities, we've been preparing for this scenario."

The county wouldn't give any details about the person, including where they worked, "in the interest of protecting patient privacy" in the small community.

The person was tested outside Haldimand-Norfolk. No Haldimand residents have yet tested positive for COVID-19, but the health unit is preparing for it. 

Hewitt said people should follow directions from local and provincial authorities and practice social distancing, and avoid all non-essential trips in the community. 

Meanwhile, the Niagara region had its first COVID-19 death Monday. The 84-year-old man was a resident at Ina Grafton Gage Village in St. Catharines. Niagara has nine cases as of noon today. 

Brant County has three cases, including a woman who works at a hospital in Cambridge and a man in critical care.

As of 10:30 a.m., Ontario has 671 confirmed cases of coronavirus and nine deaths. Canada has 1,959 cases and 27 deaths.