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York Region public health warns of 23 COVID-19 cases at 4 wedding events

Last Updated Sep 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm EST

A lab technician checks the final results on test samples collected from suspected COVID-19 patients at the microbiology laboratory of Barzilai Medical Center in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon on June 2, 2020. (Photo by GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Public health officials say 23 COVID-19 cases have resulted from four events related to a wedding in the Greater Toronto Area, as they continue to track close contacts of people who were in attendance.

The York Region Public Health Unit late Saturday warned anyone who attended the wedding events that they may have been exposed to the virus, and to monitor for symptoms until Sept. 12.

The unit initially reported 11 cases from the events, but increased the tally to 23 on Sunday evening as contact tracing efforts continued.

Three of the events took place Aug. 28 at a private home in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ont., Rexdale Singh Sabha Religious Centre in Toronto, and Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Temple in Toronto.

The other took place on Aug. 29 at a private home in Markham, Ont.

A statement from the health unit says of the confirmed cases, “18 are residents of York Region, four are residents of Durham Region and one is a resident of Peel Region.”

The health unit said it issued the public notice to help it trace the contacts of people who attended the gatherings.

It said it has followed up with known close contacts of the identified cases and directed them to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days.

The warning follows a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a wedding reception in Maine sickened more than 140 people and killed three.

It also comes as Ontario reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, along with two more deaths due to the coronavirus.

With files from The Associated Press

Editor’s Note: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated that the potential exposures happened at four separate weddings; in fact it was four events related to the same wedding