COVID-19 cases rise in South Dundas

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CORNWALL – Overall COVID-19 numbers have dropped in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region but the local number of active cases in South Dundas has increased to seven. Over the weekend, two new cases increased the local count.

According to the December 21st update from the EOHU, one of the active cases in South Dundas is a student from Morrisburg Public School. During his media availability last week, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the South Dundas cases were not all linked to the MPS case.

“There are two or three sources,” he said.

There was a net reduction of active COVID-19 cases over the weekend with 42 new infections reported and 56 resolved. The tally as of Monday stood at 278 active infections.

Hospitalizations have dropped from seven to five people, two of the hospitalized remain in Intensive Care Units.

Since the pandemic began, 1,213 people have contracted COVID-19 in the region, with 32 deaths attributed to the virus. Most of those deaths are due to outbreaks in long-term care homes.

There are eight outbreaks reported at LTC homes including in Akwesasne, Alexandria, Cornwall, Hammond, Lancaster, Long Sault, L’Orignal, Plantagenet, and Rockland. The largest outbreak in a LTC in the region, Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, is no longer reported as a facility in outbreak. That facility’s COVID-19 outbreak lasted over two months.

Thirteen schools have cases of COVID-19 reported affecting 23 staff and students at those schools. Three schools have declared an outbreak currently, two in the French-Catholic board, and one a private Islamic school. There have been no new school outbreaks reported since December 9th.

The rolling seven-day average for the region sits at 36.8 cases per 100,000 people, a decrease from 55.9 per 100,000 one week ago.

The rolling average is a metric used to decide what colour the region should be in according to the provincial COVID-19 framework. The region will remain in the Orange-Restrict zone until December 26th when Ontario enters a 28 day lockdown.

Other local case numbers include nine active cases in South Stormont, 50 cases in South Glengarry, and 50 cases in Cornwall. North Dundas has two active cases, and there are seven cases in North Stormont.

The EOHU updates case statistics weekdays (Monday to Friday) except on statutory holidays.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader