Public health: COVID-19 outbreak linked to Aug. 21 wedding/reception

Officials say all attendees are 'high-risk contacts' and should get tested, follow other protocols

GUELPH – Public health officials say there is a COVID-19 outbreak linked to an Aug. 21 wedding here – and a later reception in Puslinch – and are advising all those who attended they are “high-risk contacts” and should act accordingly.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) spokesperson Danny Williamson said about 50 people attended the wedding at Basilica of Our Lady (28 Norfolk St. in Guelph) and about 130 attended the reception at a private residence in Puslinch Township.

WDGPH is advising anyone who attended the wedding or reception “that transmission of COVID-19 is believed to have occurred at these events and an outbreak has been declared,” states a Sept. 1 press release.

Public health officials are advising anyone who attended the event(s) they “are considered a high-risk contact” and should follow instructions related to isolation, testing and self-monitoring in a WDGPH letter.

“We do not have a complete guest list for the event which limits our ability to contact all attendees,” Williamson told the Advertiser.

“We have been in contact with the couple and they have provided information to our case management team.”

Williamson explained the COVID-19 outbreak was declared for the wedding/reception on Aug. 27 because WDGPH is “aware of cases associated with this event who we believe acquired COVID while attending.”

Cases linked to the wedding/reception are confined to guests only and no event staff were exposed, he added.

Williamson is urging those in attendance to follow the directions in the letter, “including getting tested.”

-With files from Jordan Snobelen