Muskoka Airport staff under coronavirus measures since Feb 7; Ontario confirms 7th case

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Agatha Farmer

Today the province announced a seventh confirmed case of the coronavirus.

A Feb. 28 press release states that a man in his 50s presented himself at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's emergency department on Feb. 26 after arriving in Toronto on Feb. 25 with a travel history to Iran. The established infection prevention and control protocols were initiated; the patient was cared for at the hospital using all appropriate precautions, including being isolated as he was being tested for COVID-19. The man was discharged home the same day and, per protocols, went into self-isolation where he remains.

Toronto Public Health is actively engaged in contact tracing and case management. There are now currently four positive cases in the province. However, the province maintains that the risk of being infected with COVID-19 in Ontario remains very low.

With multiple cases of the coronavirus in Ontario Muskoka Post reached out to the Muskoka Airport to find out about the region’s current screening protocol.

District of Muskoka communications person Molly Ross said "precautionary measures at the Airport went in to effect Feb. 7 regarding aircraft fueling and interaction with aircraft crew." 

Airport staff are adhering to the Coronavirus Precaution Measures actions as provided to them by World Fuel Services. Muskoka Airport passenger screening measures, however, were not included in Ross’s statement. Airport staff measures include:

Wherever possible and to minimize the risks to staff, entry to the aircraft to obtain fuel uplift figures or obtain fuel delivery signature should be avoided, the preference shall be for the flight crew to come down to the refueller at the vehicle.

If access to the aircraft/cockpit cannot be avoided, a supplied Flu/Medical face mask shall be worn at all times whilst on the aircraft or within vicinity of passengers.

Site management shall purchase and distribute face masks to all refuelling staff as soon as possible.

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