COVID-19-positive person attends Cornwall, Ont. anti-vaccine protest: health unit

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure from an anti-vaccine mandate protest at a Cornwall, Ont., hospital over the weekend.

The local health unit says they received information that a protester showed up at the demonstration while positive with COVID-19.

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About 100 to 150 people showed up outside the Cornwall Community Hospital at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the health unit said.

Now, the health unit asks anyone who attended the protest to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for the next nine days.

Anyone who develops symptoms should self-isolate and get tested immediately.

The hospital, like many across the province, implemented a vaccine mandate for its staff. This was voted through by the organization’s board of directors on Aug. 25.

Similar protests have taken place at hospitals around Ontario over the last week.

The Cornwall Community Hospital said it is working on a request for comment.

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