Total COVID-19 cases top 550 across EOHU region

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CORNWALL – Another mile- stone was reached in this region as COVID-19 infections within the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has climbed to 550 people since the pandemic began. The latest and largest outbreak has occurred at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkes- bury, where 110 staff and resi- dents tested positive for the virus. Over the weekend three people have died, increasing the regional death toll to 17 people. All three were from the long- term care home, owned by the United Counties of Prescott-Rus- sell. “Once it gets in, it’s just ter- rible,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the EOHU, relating the outbreak to one this past spring in Plantagen- et when 12 people died. The Canadian Red Cross and local paramedics have been as- sisting staff at that LTHC as 42 staff members are among the pos- itive cases. Prescott and Russell Residence is one of five LTHC facilities with a declared outbreak. Other outbreaks include The Palace in Alexandria, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care and Sandfield Place in Cornwall, and Lancaster Long Term Care in South Glen- garry. COVID-19 infection rates have skyrocketed so far in October. More people were infected so far this month than all cases be- tween February and July com- bined. Of the 225 active cases current- ly in the EOHU region, Prescott- Russell (182) has more than four times the number of cases of the two other areas that make up the health unit, SDG Counties (29) and Cornwall (14). Currently there are seven peo- ple hospitalized, two of which are in the Intensive Care Unit. Locally, there remains fewer case. There have been 17 cases in four of which are active. than five COVID-19 cases overall North Dundas, none of which are South Glengarry leads mu- 39 cases, 10 of which are active. Cornwall has had 49 cases, 14 ac- tive. Hawkesbury leads all munici- palities in the region with 123 cases, 98 active. Most of those are from the long-term care home outbreak in that town. There have been 15 cases of the virus in schools, mostly in Prescott-Russell. Holy Trinity Catholic Second- ary School in Cornwall has two positive cases within its student population. Both cases are in separate and disconnected cohorts within the school, so no outbreak has been declared. Unlike LTCHs, where one posi- tive case is declared an outbreak, schools have to have two con- nected cases before declaring an outbreak. A daycare attached to École élémentaire catholique Marie- Tanguay in Cornwall also has a COVID-19 outbreak.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader