The Grey Bruce Health Unit is currently investigating a COVID-19 case associated with ‘The Pub’ at 1005 2nd Ave East in Owen Sound, Ontario. Currently, there is no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 between patrons within the bar.
There is a potential risk of transmission to patrons who attended at the bar on the evenings of Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday March 18, 2021.
Public Health advises anyone who visited the The Pub on the evenings of Wednesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 18, 2021, to seek testing at the nearest COVID-19 assessment centre any date between March 25 and March 27.
There is no value in anyone being tested before they are instructed to do so by Public Health. Results of early testing are unreliable and place individuals at risk of more testing than is required.
While Public Health has directly contacted the individuals identified as close contacts, there remains unknown patrons who visited the bar on these dates. Anyone who attended the bar on the evenings of Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday, March 18, 2021, is asked to seek testing at the nearest COVID-19 assessment centre any date between March 25 and March 27. Additionally, anyone who attended the bar on the evenings of Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday March 18, 2021, and is experiencing symptoms is asked to call Public Health at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 3000.
Individuals tested in connection with this investigation are not required to isolate but should limit their activities to essential outings until they have received a negative result.
The patrons’ risk is limited to those who visited the premise on the evenings of Wednesday, March 17, and Thursday March 18, 2021. There is no additional risk to individuals who attended the bar on any other day. The facility remains open and is working with Public Health to ensure all patrons’ and staff’s safety.
Public Health is the leader in all outbreaks and case management. Determining who is at risk is a decision that Public Health can only make. Public Health makes all contact tracing and determination of individual and community risk. This is true of all cases, whether in schools, workplaces or the community. A health care provider or employer cannot make this decision.
If you have questions, please call the health unit at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456
· For questions about testing, please contact the COVID Infoline at x3000.
· For questions about restaurant practices, please contact the Public Health Inspector Information Line at x3402.