A COVID-19 workplace outbreak has been declared at KFC in Dryden.

A workplace outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with an epidemiological link in the workplace (e.g., same work area, same shift) within a 14-day period where both cases could have reasonably acquired their infection in the workplace.

The Northwestern Health Unit says there appears to be no additional risk to customers of the restaurant and that workplace is following all outbreak control measures as instructed by NWHU and case and contact management is well underway. Anyone who is considered a close contact has been contacted and told to self-isolate.

Starting today, all employees across the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area will be required to pass a COVID-19 screen before entering their workplace, as the Northwestern Health Unit issues new orders to businesses.

The instructions, which outline specific requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act for owners and operators of workplaces to keep sick employees at home, took effect this morning and will remain in effect until rescinded by the NWHU.

The orders include fines for workplaces that fail to keep employees home when they should be self-isolating, which will be enforced by public health officials and provincial offence officers under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.