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COVID-19 outbreak, school, and community case update from the EOHU

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury continued over the previous weekend and into Monday, November 2.

According to Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, as of Monday, November 2, there were 12 deaths due to COVID-19 at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury.

Roumeliotis said on Monday afternoon that there were 23 active cases of COVID-19 among residents and 21 active cases among employees at the 146-bed facility.  There had been 138 cases of COVID-19 in total due to the outbreak as of November 2, affecting 83 residents and 55 staff members.  There were 23 resident cases and 34 employee cases which were resolved as of Monday.

Canadian Red Cross personnel continue to assist with infection control measures at the Residence.  Another complete round of COVID-19 testing for residents and staff at the facility was taking place on Monday.

On Tuesday, November 3, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, which owns and operates the Residence, announced that they will no longer provide daily updates on the situation at the facility, but will instead rely on the EOHU to provide the information during its media briefings held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week.

On November 3, COVID-19 outbreaks remained active at The Palace Retirement Home in Alexandria, Lancaster Long-term Care, and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care (Kane House) in Cornwall.

Restaurant and retail

Roumeliotis officially confirmed on Monday that an employee at the Burger King restaurant in downtown Hawkesbury had tested positive for COVID-19 10 to 12 days previously.  The case was not considered a risk to the public and the restaurant was not required to close, and no official announcement of the positive test was necessary.  However, Burger King management decided to close the restaurant and undertake a major cleaning of the premises as a precaution.

On November 2, Roumeliotis also confirmed that an employee at the Canadian Tire store in Hawkesbury had recently tested positive for COVID-19 but like in the Burger King situation, there was no risk to the public and the store did not close.

Local cases

As of November 3, there were 173 active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU out of 637 cases.

Schools and childcare facilities

The Ontario government reported COVID-19 cases connected with the following schools and childcare facilities under EOHU jurisdiction on Tuesday, November 3.

One student at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Viateur in La Nation

One student at École intermédiare catholique Pavillon L’Escale in Rockland

Two children at Tiny Hoppers in Rockland

One child at Centre éducatif Les Petits Trésors-Garderie St-Albert

One unidentified case at Mother Theresa Elementary School in Russell

One student at Bridgewood Public School in Cornwall

One student at Eamer’s Corners Public School in Cornwall

Three children and two staff members at Centre éducatif C.R.F.E. in Cornwall

Two students at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall

One staff member at The Learning Centre Centre-Longue Sault in Long Sault

Hospital, deaths, testing

There were six COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s jurisdiction in hospital as of November 3, and one patient was in intensive care.

As of November 3, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the EOHU territory was 21.

At the six COVID-19 testing and assessment centres and by paramedics across the EOHU territory, 75,282 COVID-19 tests had been performed as of November 3.

Provincial statistics

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, there were 11,461 active cases of COVID-19 across the province as of November 2, out of a cumulative 78,705 cases.  There were 1,050, or 1.4 per cent more active cases on November 2 than on November 1.

The Ministry reported that 67,244 or 85.4 per cent of cumulative cases were resolved as of November 2.

There were 357 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of November 2.  Out of those 357 patients, 73 were in intensive care, and 47 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 3,166 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of November 2, composing four per cent of all cumulative cases.

Map of COVID-19 cases by municipality across EOHU, November 3, 2020.

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

EOHU COVID-19 media briefing, November 2, 2020

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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