Dr. Mylène Drouin, Montréal’s regional director of public health, is asking anyone who has attended indoor or outdoor Latin dance events since July 31st to get tested for COVID-19. Most of these events took place in Montréal.
To date, 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 attended one or several Latin dance events over the past few weeks. 2, of whom were contagious, attended events in Montréal on the evenings of Friday, August 14 (St. Catherine street) and Saturday, August 15 (Frédéric-Back park). Other Latin dance events, organised in Park Lafontaine and Verdun, could also be linked to the outbreak.
“The call to get tested is even more important for people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, headaches, muscle pain. Testing clinics in Montréal have been notified and are ready to test people who participated in those events,” said Dr. Drouin.
The Montréal’s regional public health department (DRSP) reminds the public that dance activities are currently prohibited, since this type of activity presents a high risk of spreading COVID-19. However, sports and leisure activities in an indoor facility that is meant for that specific purpose, for example dance schools, are authorized, as long as physical distancing (2 metres) is respected at all times between people not from the same household and that hygiene measures are applied.
For outdoor dance events, the following preventive measures are essential and must be respected:
- Don’t go to any event if you have symptoms.
- Don’t go to any event if there is a risk that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
- Wear a mask or face covering if the 2-metre distance is not respected, for instance, when people dance together.
- Don’t change dance partners during the event or between one event and another. Ideally, dance only with a partner who lives at the same address as you.
- Wash hands regularly, before, during and after the event.
- Don’t sing or shout during these events.
The DRSP also reminds the public that confidentiality for all cases of COVID-19 is protected during investigations, especially when close contacts of confirmed cases are notified by public health. It is very important that everyone collaborate so contacts who must self-isolate can be informed, and that way we can stop transmission of the virus. This will reduce the risks of a second wave and protect the health of the population.
To see the list of COVID-19 testing clinics, go to santemontreal.qc.ca/coronavirus-en, or call 514-644-4545 to be referred to the right resource, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Please note that the Services Québec call center will be open on weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Saturday, August 29, for calls related to COVID-19. Outside service hours, call Info-Santé 811.
Reminder of public health measures for the public:
- Wear a face covering in public places.
- Limit contacts as much as possible (maximum of 10 people from 3 households).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
- Use hygiene measures when you cough or sneeze: cover your mouth and nose with your arm, throw your tissue away as soon as possible, and wash your hands immediately.
- Respect physical distancing and stay at least 2 metres away from other people.
Montréal’s regional public health department | CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal