Five people have now died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) reported at 5 p.m. on Monday, October 26 that two additional deaths had occurred since Saturday, October 24 when two deaths were also reported.

As of October 26, there were 64 active cases of COVID-19 at the 146-bed Prescott and Russell Residence.  Residents composed 36 cases and the remaining 28 cases were in employees.  There are now 43 cases in the outbreak that are resolved.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said on Monday afternoon that another round of COVID-19 testing will be carried out on residents and employees at the Residence this week.

Roumeliotis also said that adequate staffing levels were maintained at the Prescott and Russell Residence during the previous weekend because of assistance from paramedics and Red Cross personnel.