Attendees of Signal Brewing Company advised to test for COVID-19
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising recent attendees of the Signal Brewing Company to get tested for COVID-19 due to possible exposure at the venue over a two week period. The brewery and concert venue is located in Corbyville, near Belleville and approximately 65 kilometres west of Kingston.
To date, at least six cases of COVID-19 have been associated with the brewery, according to the HPEPH outbreaks dashboard.
According to HPEPH, individuals may have had an exposure to COVID-19 between Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 4 2021. HPEPH says in a press release that it is “in the process of investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 that were present at the restaurant during this time frame.” According to HPEPH, Signal Brewery has closed voluntarily while the investigation is underway.
HPEPH asks that all individuals who attended Signal Brewery between Nov. 19 – Dec. 4 seek testing immediately for COVID-19, even if they do not have symptoms.
When seeking testing, HPEPH asks that individuals provide investigation number 2238-2021-51372 to the testing centre.
Anyone having attended the venue during this time should also monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19, HPEPH says. “If symptoms develop, even mild ones such as a runny nose or sore throat, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.”
HPEPH says that while HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission. “HPEPH is in the process of contacting identified high-risk contacts related to these cases. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested,” the public health unit says.
“I am urging individuals who attended Signal Brewery on these dates to seek testing, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to protect those around them,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “All residents are asked to remain vigilant and protect one another – and this includes getting tested if advised, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms, and limiting your close contacts. If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”