Sixth death to COVID-19 in county

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Pembroke – Two more individuals in Renfrew County and district have died of COVID-19 in the last week, bringing the total deaths to six since the pandemic began last year.

The Renfrew County District Health Unit (RCDHU) released the information as part of the daily updates which includes information on hospitalization and infection rates. On Tuesday there were 36 active cases, including three in hospital and one in intensive care. This is down slightly from last week where there were four hospitalized and two in intensive care. Total number of COVID cases continue to creek up with 561 cases, which is an increase of 37 cases in the last seven days. Eighty-seven of the total cases confirmed are variant-related. For the first time, the health unit has also been recording the incidence rate on its case summary. The incidence rate for the last seven days was 32.2. If the colour-coded zones were still in effect, it would mean the county would be in the Orange Zone which is classified as between 25 and 39.9 cases per 100,000.

There is presently one to four active cases in Admaston/Bromley; five in the Town of Arnprior; one to four in Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan; five in Deep River; one to four in both Laurentian Hills and Laurentian Valley; five in Madawaska Valley; seven in McNab/Braeside; one to four in the City of Pembroke; six in the Town of Petawawa; and one to four in Whitewater Region. The First Nation of Pikwakanagan at Golden Lake is the only area of the county without a confirmed case to date.

The RCDHU is currently listing one active community outbreak which is in a workplace setting.

A total of 87,502 residents have been tested for COVID. Testing continues, as does vaccination. Those over 65, as well as other eligible categories including health care workers, those with underlying conditions which make them more vulnerable, some caregivers and other categories. As well, anyone over 40 is eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine. For more information, visit rcdhu.com.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader