Update to first case of COVID-19 UK variant detected in Waterloo Region

Posted on Saturday January 30, 2021

Waterloo Region – Region of Waterloo Public Health’s further investigation of the first detected case of the UK variant in Waterloo Region has identified that the individual had close contact with an individual who travelled internationally. We have requested that Public Health Ontario also complete the genomic sequencing test of this individual. We do expect further cases will be identified as more variant testing is completed by Public Health Ontario.

We can confirm that the individual’s case is connected with an outbreak at Columbia Forest Long Term Care Home in Waterloo. The outbreak was declared in late December and the individual was identified as a positive case through routine surveillance testing in early January after the outbreak was declared. Current infection prevention and control measures are working and the outbreak is well controlled at this time.

Our investigation has not identified any increased risk to the community or the long-term care facility in connection to this individual. Our continued commitment to public health measures is the best way to protect ourselves and loved ones against the spread of COVID-19, including the spread of the UK variant.

  • Avoid social gatherings with those outside your immediate household
  • Limit non-essential trips outside your home
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid enclosed, poorly ventilated spaces and crowded places
  • Stay home when you are sick

If you develop symptoms, isolate from household members and schedule an appointment for testing.

For more information visit regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19


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Kerri Hutchinson
Health Communications, Supervisor

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