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COVID-19 outbreak at group home, seven active cases across EOHU territory

There is a new institutional outbreak of COVID-19 within the territory of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

The outbreak is at the Valoris Group Home, located at 211 Russell Road in Clarence-Rockland.  According to EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the case is in an employee at the facility who lives in Québec.

The EOHU reported 184 cumulative cases of COVID-19 across its territory since the beginning of the pandemic, as of Friday, August 21.  That was an increase of four cases from Tuesday, August 18.  Out of the 184 confirmed cases, 166 were considered resolved.

On August 21, there were seven active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU.  Four of the active cases and 106 resolved cases were among residents of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.  On August 20, Roumeliotis noted that one of the new cases in Prescott and Russell is an individual who attended a party in Ottawa.  There were three active cases and 35 resolved cases among residents of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry counties on August 21.  There were zero active cases and 25 resolved cases among residents of the City of Cornwall as of August 21.

There were no COVID-19 patients from the jurisdiction of the EOHU in hospital as of August 21.

For 11 weeks, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 within the EOHU’s jurisdiction has remained unchanged at 11.  All of the deaths were the result of an outbreak in May at a long-term care facility in Plantagenet.

Testing total

As of August 21, 36,778 people had been tested at all six COVID-19 testing and assessment centres located across the EOHU’s area of jurisdiction. The facilities are in Hawkesbury, Alexandria, Casselman, Rockland, Cornwall, and Winchester.  Paramedics are also providing home testing for people who cannot visit one of the testing and assessment centres.

Ontario statistics

As of Thursday, August 20, the Ontario Ministry of Health had recorded a cumulative 41,179 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the province.  However, 37,397 or 90.8 per cent of those cases were resolved, which means that 3,782 cases were active across Ontario.

There were 35 COVID-19 patients were in hospital across Ontario on August 20.  Out of those 35 patients, 13 were in intensive care, and seven patients were on ventilators.

There had been 2,796 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of August 20.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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