Health Unit warns of increase in COVID-19 in east Lanark County

Wednesday, 03 March 2021

MEDIA RELEASE:

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

March 2, 2021

Health Unit warns of increase in COVID-19 in east Lanark County
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has detected a significant increase with 20 people infected with COVID-19 in the past 4 days in and around Pakenham, Almonte and Carleton Place. Public health has contacted all the newly infected people and their close contacts. 

The COVID-19 infections started with exposure to the COVID-19 virus in a social gathering.  It has now spread into businesses, recreational sports teams, families and childcare - both within and outside of our region.

While there is active spread in the community, community members in this area are encouraged to limit their contact with others outside the household, monitor for symptoms and get tested if any hint of possible COVID-19 symptoms develop including headache, sore throat, congestion, fatigue, fever, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell – If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms (including fever) – complete the online self-assessment and testing is available at the Almonte Assessment Centre.

Patrons who attended The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery in Carleton Place on the following dates may have been exposed to COVID-19 between the hours of 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm:

  • Sunday, February 21st,
  • Tuesday February 23rd,
  • Thursday February 25th and
  • Friday February 26th

If you were at the premises during those times and dates, we advise you to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms. 
  • If you are experiencing or develop symptoms even mild ones, self- isolate, and seek testing at an Assessment Centre.
  • Please ensure you follow all public health measures (see below)

A pop up testing site will be set up for Thirsty Moose contacts in Carleton Place in the coming days, call the Health Unit or check our website for more information.

Because this virus spreads so easily – we all need to do our part to slow and reduce the spread.  This means practicing all of the public health measures:

  • Stay home as much as possible and to limit close contact (no masks and closer than 2m) to your own household (the people you live with)
  • Stay local and avoid travel outside the region
  • Practice physical distancing – stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from people in public areas
  • Wear a face covering: Minimum of 2 layers of material; 3 will provide further protection when you cannot stay 6 feet away from people out in public – and in indoor public spaces as required.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer after being in touch with others or handling anything from outside your home
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hands
  • Do not share personal items that come into contact with saliva such as toothbrushes, eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, and towels
  • If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms (including fever) – please self-isolate immediately and complete the online self-assessment.

Please respect limits for certain organized public events and social gatherings such as functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, or parks, where physical distancing can be maintained:

  • 10 people indoors
  • 25 people outdoors

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.healthunit.org/coronavirus or call 1-800-660-5853 x2499. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthunit.

For media interviews, contact: or Susan Healey, Communications Co-ordinator, 613-802-0550 or Katie Jackson, Manager, 613-812-0416 or email

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