The local health unit reported two new cases of COVID-19 in Haliburton County yesterday.

The health unit also declared an outbreak on school bus No. 32 in our county, which officials say currently has 70 high-risk contacts associated with it.

Dr. Norm Bottum with the Haliburton Highlands Family Health Team says the virus is getting to that age group that hasn’t been immunized but adds the region was preparing for this.

“Fortunately the cases that we know of have no or very mild symptoms which is great, and it’s not spreading like wildfire,” he says. “That’s important as well because kids are wearing masks better, they are washing their hands.” 

Dr. Bottum says the area had over 20 months of practice waiting for this type of outbreak to try to contain it quickly and it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board reported two active cases as of Wednesday afternoon. One student case each at J. D. Hodgson Elementary School and at Stuart Baker Elementary School. 

One classroom is closed at each school. Case specifics have not been made available. 

Dr. Bottum adds this is good timing and a reminder as well that we all need to get immunized so the whole family can be safe over the next month and over the holidays.