CORNWALL – In the past week, seven people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region, including two 20 year old women.
Most of the new positive cases are from within a group said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the EOHU.
“One is the spouse of a person who tested positive the previous week,” he said, adding that one of the new cases was an overseas traveller.
“This person felt unwell after returning from abroad, and was tested,” said Roumeliotis.
When talking about the lower numbers across the province for COVID-19, he said that the increased cases show that people still have to be vigilant when it comes to the public health measures.
“You can never think you’re out of the woods,” Roumelotis said.
During his August 24th presentation to SDG Counties Council, Roumeliotis said that changes were being made to how the EOHU breaks down community results. Currently, results are show locally by county or major city. Soon, the EOHU will report based on each municipality.
He said that early in the pandemic, the results were reported on a broader basis, to avoid stigmatizing one area, or giving the perception of a “safe area”. As schools are reopening next month, he said that reporting will reflect the municipality.
“All the municipalities in the region have had cases,” said Roumeliotis.
Currently in the region, there are eight active positive cases of COVID-19 – four in Prescott-Russell, three in SDG Counties, and one in the City of Cornwall.
There are no hospitalizations now due to COVID-19. Eleven people have died from the virus. There are currently two institutional outbreaks, both in Prescott-Russell.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader