Possible large-scale COVID-19 exposure at Aylmer, Ont. church
The Old Colony Mennonite Church in Aylmer, Ont. is seen Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Sean Irvine / CTV News)
MIDDLESEX CENTRE, ONT. -- Southwestern Public Health is warning that 50-70 people may have been exposed to COVID-19 at an Aylmer, Ont. church.
Public health was reportedly informed on July 1 of the death of a woman in her 60s at Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, who was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 after her death.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Joyce Lock released a statement to local physicians and hospitals explaining the exposure was believed to have occurred at the prayer service and funeral for a member of the Old Colony Church late last week.
Health care providers were being asked to test individuals without requesting proof they are at-risk and without redirecting them elsewhere.
"Please inform Southwestern Public Health of any Old Colony community members who present themselves for testing,” Lock added.
Officials then began the process of contact tracing with family members and those who attended the funeral, who are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
So far, there is only one case, and the situation is not considered to be an outbreak.
Members of the church, also known as the OCMC Church and located on Dingle Street in Aylmer’s east end, are asked to be on alert for potential symptoms of COVID-19.