Across the territory of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) on Friday, September 11, there were 19 active cases of COVID-19. It was a decrease from 20 active cases on Tuesday, September 8. The number of cumulative cases across the jurisdiction of the EOHU was 207 and there were 176 resolved cases.
During a media briefing on September 10, EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said he was a bit worried about recent case increases across Ontario, which have increased by more than 100 from one day to the next, for more than a week.
He said that social gatherings such as parties or family events in private places are a significant source of spread of COVID-19.
“If you’re going to gather in other people’s homes, you need to social distance and wear your masks as appropriate,” Roumeliotis said.
He said that recent new cases in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell were all in one family.
An employee at Chartrand’s Independent Grocer in Alexandria recently tested positive for COVID-19. However, contact tracing indicated that the employee had no close contact with other store employees or customers, so the store was not closed. Store management undertook a major cleaning of the premises as a precaution.
On Thursday, Roumeliotis also confirmed that an employee at an industrial plant in Alexandria had also tested positive for COVID-19 but was also not deemed to have been a serious risk to other employees. He said that the management of the plant has taken additional measures to protect employees.
The single institutional COVID-19 outbreak under EOHU jurisdiction at Dundas Manor in Winchester remained in effect on September 11.
Roumeliotis said that current trends of 60 to 65 per cent of new cases in Ontario being in people under 40 years of age is also being reflected in local cases.
As for cases by municipality, In the Town of Hawkesbury on September 11, there was one active case of COVID-19, one active cases in La Nation Municipality, nine active cases in the City of Clarence-Rockland, and five active cases in the Township of North Glengarry.
As of September 11, there were no active cases in Champlain Township, the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet, East Hawkesbury Township, and the Municipality of Casselman.
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, there have been less than five confirmed cases in Champlain, East Hawkesbury, La Nation, and Casselman. The Town of Hawkesbury has had 15 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet has had 45 cumulative cases, the City of Clarence-Rockland has had 36 cumulative cases, and there have been nine cumulative cases in the Township of North Glengarry.
Hospitalizations and testing
As of September 11, 45,618 tests for COVID-19 had been done at the six testing and assessment centres across the EOHU territory, and by paramedics. The centres are located in Hawkesbury, Alexandria, Casselman, Rockland, Cornwall, and Winchester.
The number of COVID-19 patients from the jurisdiction of the EOHU in hospital as of September 11 was zero.
As of Thursday, September 10, the Ontario Ministry of Health had recorded a cumulative 44,068 cases of COVID-19 across the province, which was an increase from 43,536 cumulative cases on Monday, September 7. The Ministry also reported that, 39,598 or 89.9 per cent of those cases were resolved, which means that 4,470 cases were active across Ontario as of September 10.
There were 49 COVID-19 patients were in hospital across Ontario on September 10. Out of those 49 patients, 18 were in intensive care, and 9 patients were on ventilators.
As of September 10, there had been 2,813 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario.