Spinko, in Hamilton, Ontario, reopened in July and had all the proper protocols, including screening staff and participants, monitoring everyone in each class, hiding before and after classes, washing dishes and cleaning rooms. Hamilton’s medical officer, Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, said in a statement that 30 minutes of a full class.
Public health officials are very concerned about the number of cases and the extent of the eruption, especially since the city is not currently a hotspot and the facility is not ignoring health protocols, they said in a statement to CNN.
“In our investigation they have supported public health services by sharing the message with all members,” Richardson said.
There are currently 44 confirmed positive primary cases and 17 confirmed secondary cases associated with Spinko. The exposure was linked to several classes held from September 28 to October 4.
Nass Sarasadegan and Ira Price, co-owners of the studio, told The Hamilton Spectator on Monday that public health officials had “shown no signs of patient zero.”
Spinko said further inquiries by health officials were pending.
City officials say the Spinko, which has a circumference of 6 feet around each bike, is operating at 50% efficiency, which could raise questions about the safety of gyms and fitness studios during epidemics.
“We’re constantly looking at what this means, and what we need to understand about fitness classes,” Richardson told a news conference Tuesday.
Canada is counting on a second wave of the corona virus marked by doubling the new, daily positive incidence of Govt-19 over the past month. Many urban centers, including Toronto and Montreal, have target restrictions and closures, but not in Hamilton.