Outbreak declared at Junior's Sports Bar and Grill in Cambridge

Public health declared a workplace outbreak at the Cambridge sports bar saying six cases have been reported and at least four of the cases are individuals who are not vaccinated.

9 new cases reported in region on Wednesday, 1 death of a woman in her 40s

A nurse wearing blue gloves handles a COVID-19 test swab.
Public health declared a workplace outbreak at Junior's Sportsbar and Grill in Cambridge saying five cases have been reported so far. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

People who were at Junior's Sportsbar and Grill in Cambridge from Oct. 17 up to, and including, Oct. 22 may have been exposed to COVID-19, Region of Waterloo Public Health says. 

Public health declared a workplace outbreak at the Cambridge restaurant.

On Tuesday, officials said five staff cases had been reported. In four of the cases, they said individuals were not vaccinated. 

As of Wednesday's update on the region's COVID-19 dashboard, there was one additional case, bringing the total number of cases linked to the outbreak to six.

Health officials said people who visited the restaurant are considered to be high risk contacts.

"These individuals are advised to self-isolate and seek testing immediately," public health said in a news release Tuesday. 

"Public health is supporting the workplace to inform all affected patrons of the exposure and will be following up with all high risk contacts."

Public health adds interactions outside of the workplace in some of the cases have contributed to the outbreak as well. 

The restaurant has closed voluntarily and staff have co-operated with regional health officials. Public health said it is working closely with the restaurant to implement stronger infection prevention.

Public health says it will continue to provide support to the restaurant. It also "strongly recommends" that all workplaces have policy options that "would facilitate the highest vaccination coverage possible."

9 new cases, 1 death

The region reported nine new cases of COVID-19 in the region in Wednesday's update.

There was also one death reported, a woman in her 40s.

"I wish to express my deep sympathy to the family and loved ones of the individual," the region's medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said in a statement.

There were 96 active cases and 11 people were in the region's three hospitals infectious with the virus.

There were three other outbreaks also reported on Wednesday:

  • One at a construction workplace with two cases.
  • One at Breslau Public School with three cases.
  • One at Conestogo Public School with two cases.

The Waterloo Region District School Board also reported an outbreak at Galt Collegiate Institute in Cambridge. The outbreak involves one cohort and is not school-wide.