Three more Renfrew County deaths attributed to COVID in last few days

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Pembroke – There have been three more deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the last few days, bringing the total to 40 in the area covered by the Renfrew County District Health Unit.

Most of the deaths from COVID in the county have occurred in 2022. The number of cases and hospitalizations are also the highest in 2022 than at any other period throughout the two year pandemic.

Recent figures released from the health unit show 16 people were hospitalized with COVID and there were six outbreaks. Two in long-term care homes, two in retirement homes and two in congregate living facilities. The percent positivity of tests completed is 11.5 percent.

The most recent figures released on Tuesday, show a total of 4,340 confirmed cases since the outbreak began and 4086 resolved cases. There were 64 new cases reported on Monday and 16 reported on Tuesday. Currently there are 214active cases. These figures factor in only those who received a positive laboratory confirmed case. Many people are not eligible for laboratory confirmation.

Ontario has updated the guidelines on who is eligible for PCR or rapid molecular testing. Those eligible can be tested at various locations in the county but booking must be done through calling RC VTAC at 1-844-727-6404. As well, vaccination clinics continue with appointment and walk-in vaccinations available. There are several clinics, including drive through clinics. More information can be found at the RCDHU website.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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