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Potential COVID-19 exposure at Hearst gym: health unit

The potential exposure happened Oct. 20 and Oct. 21
2020-05-11 PHU building
The Porcupine Health Unit. Maija Hoggett/TimminsToday

People at a Hearst gym last week may have been exposed to COVID-19, according to the Porcupine Health Unit.

According to a bulletin from PHU medical officer of health Dr. Lianne Catton the potential exposure was at Rick's Muscle World Centre gym in Hearst on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

People who were at the gym during those times are being asked to monitor for 14 days, which ends Wednesday, Nov. 4 or Thursday, Nov. 5.

"The PHU is working with Rick's Muscle World Centre to implement the public health measures to protect both members and staff and prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the community," reads the bulletin.

The exposure was noted during the investigation into a recently confirmed case.

The health unit didn't report any new COVID-19 cases today, however two cases in the Hearst, Hornepayne area were reported yesterday.

To-date, there have been 95 cases of the virus in the region. Of those, 78 are recovered and nine people have died. There are seven known active cases.

According to the health unit, an infected person can spred the virus up to 48 hours before they had any symptoms or tested positive.

Typical symptoms include: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, los of sense of smell or taste, sore throat/hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. 

Atypical symptoms include: unexplained fatigue or malaise, muscle aches, delirium, unexplained or increased number of falls, acute functional decline, exacerbation of current chronic conditions, chills, headaches, croup, conjunctivitis.

If you were at the gym and have symptoms, the health says to self-isolate at home and call 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818.