KAWARTHA LAKES-There has been at least one positive case of Coronavirus linked to Crossfit in Lindsay.
Sources say a coach tested positive and posted a Facebook video in their private group informing their clients. The coach reportedly felt unwell on Sunday and had taught classes on the previous day. The coach was tested Monday with the results coming back Wednesday.
The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Unit would not say if any additional cases have been linked to the facility. It’s unknown if the case is a variant.
“All I can confirm at this time is that the Health Unit is continuing its investigation.” Chandra Tremblay told Kawartha 411 News.
Tremblay says as part of the follow-up with confirmed cases, Health Unit staff asks anyone who has tested positive to identify where they had spent time in the couple of weeks prior to testing positive and locations they had visited during their period of communicability.
The facility closed voluntarily.
“The fitness facility decided on its own to close for two weeks as a way of protecting its staff and clientele and stopping any potential spread of the virus within the community,” Tremblay explained.
We have reached out to Crossfit but have not heard back.
Some gym members have expressed concerns about how the health unit is handling the situation. They say people are being denied testing that had direct contact with the owner (who had direct close contact with positive coach) and are not being told to isolate.
The health unit says it cannot comment on specific cases but offered this information:
“We can confirm though that HKPRHU staff will work with a confirmed case to identify any potential high-risk or low-risk contacts they have. An individual is identified as a high-risk contact based on a number of factors:
- The length of time they were in close proximity to the confirmed case (typically longer than 15 minutes);
- whether the person was wearing a mask when they were in close proximity to the confirmed case;
- whether the person was within six feet of the confirmed case when this contact happened;
- whether all of these factors took place during the period of time the confirmed case was infectious (there is a set timeframe).
If it is determined an individual is a high-risk contact, Health Unit staff will provide direction on isolation and testing. An individual may also be directed to visit the province’s website to access the self-assessment tool for further direction. The HKPRDHU is not responsible for testing. Locally, testing is assessed and administered by COVID-19 assessment centres.
Based on the Health Unit’s investigation or the self-assessment tool, an individual may be advised to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.”