Health officials in Renfrew County are investigating a potential COVID-19 exposure during a military field exercise at Garrison Petawawa.
The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) says approximately 500 people participated in the exercise, and several individuals who took part have since tested positive for COVID-19.
Public health says the individuals who tested positive attended the exercise during their contagious period, and as many as 1,500 military personal and their family members could be impacted.
All Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members who attended have been instructed to immediately self-isolate, and have been advised of their work and isolation responsibilities. All household contacts, vaccinated or unvaccinated, have been advised to limit their movements in the community and only leave the house for essential reasons such as attending school, work or to seek medical care.
Additionally, those impacted should self-monitor for all COVID-19 symptoms, even a runny nose or sore throat, until November 26, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless receiving specific guidance from public health.
Anyone who develops symptoms is advised to self-isolate immediately and arrange to get tested, even if fully vaccinated.