This month’s COVID-19 numbers rose to 63 over the past weekend, surpassing the 53 cases recorded in March during a time when the area peaked, according to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).
In total, the health unit added ten new cases since Friday — six of them in Prescott-Russell, three in SDG and one in Cornwall.
The city is now home to three active cases. There are 12 active cases in South Glengarry, three in South Dundas, two in both South Stormont and North Glengarry and none in North Dundas and North Stormont.
In all, there have been a total of 263 cases of COVID in the EOHU territory. The EOHU has 55 as still active and 196 have been resolved.
Another resident of the area is currently hospitalized for the virus, bringing the total tally to two. One is in the Cornwall Community Hospital, whereas the other is in a Montreal Hospital.
The health unit’s medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis told media during his briefing on Monday there was now one outbreak at the Résidence Érabliere long-term care home in Limoges. A patient who was heading to the hospital tested positive for it, without showing any symptoms.
“We’re testing everyone there,” said Roumeliotis. “So far, everyone is asymptomatic.”
During his media briefing, the medical officer of health attempted to clarify the comments he had made Thursday, when he said an employee of the Cornwall Walmart distribution centre who had tested positive for the virus was “not contagious or infectious at the time when they were at work.”
“Of course, any person who is infected is contagious,” he said. “What we are saying is, were they contagious at the workplace or were they symptomatic and contagious at a certain time? Those are two different things.”
He then said however that in that instance, “the employee in question was not contagious while at work.”
Roumeliotis also spoke of the fact that a recent spike in COVID cases in Quebec, notably in Montreal and Quebec City, had prompted the two cities to enter the red zone.
“It’s worrisome,” he said in French. “We’re (EOHU) always in talks with our local MPP, Jim McDonell, on the matter. I don’t have to power to close the provincial borders. That’s a provincial and federal issue.”
He also said he expects the area to perhaps see another rise in cases, following the Thanksgiving holiday, set for Oct. 12.
“We’re at a crossroad,” Roumeliotis said. “If we don’t wear masks and ignore social distancing rules, we will have more hospitalizations and more cases in the intensive care units. I will repeat again, wash your hands, keep distances between each other, and wear a mask.”
COVID-19 assessment centres:
- Cornwall – 850 McConnell Ave. – call 343-475-0160, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Akwesasne (residents of northern portion of territory only) – call 613-575-2341 ext. 3220
- Alexandria – 62 Anik St. – Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays only – call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120
- Winchester – 515 Albert St. – call 613-801-2333
- Casselman – 872 Principale St. – drive-through location only open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, maximum 200 people per day
- Limoges – 2015 Calypso St. – drive-through location open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
- Rockland – call 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 – Chamberland St.; only EOHU residents
- Hawkesbury – 750 Laurier St. – only open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The increase in testing for the virus hasn’t slowed down one bit. In all, the health unit has undertaken 53,753 tests — 12,254 in Cornwall, 9,214 in Winchester, 8,336 in Hawkesbury, 15,825 in Casselman, 5,303 in Rockland and 1,104 in Alexandria.
SDG and Prescott-Russell paramedics have tested a total of 448 individuals.
Although Roumeliotis did not have the specific number of tests undertaken to date at the temporary testing facility installed at the Calypso Water Park, he did tell media that a total of 637 tests had been undertaken there Sunday alone.