The COVID-19 outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury remained in effect on Friday, November 6.

According to Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, number of deaths of residents due to COVID-19 in the outbreak had increased to 16 by Friday, and the most recent one had been reported earlier in the day.

As of Friday afternoon, 35 residents at the long-term care facility on Spence Avenue continued to be active cases of COVID-19.  Active cases remained in five staff members.  There has been a total of 165 cumulative cases of COVID-19 resulting from the outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence.

The only other active outbreak of COVID-19 at a long-term care facility under EOHU jurisdiction as of November 6 was at Lancaster Long Term Care.  The outbreak at The Palace Retirement home in Alexandria, which resulted in one death, was declared over on Friday.

Provincial zone restrictions taking over

Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, November 7, the entire territory of the EOHU will be under the yellow designation under the Ontario government’s new colour-based system of COVID-19 restrictions, which are based upon the risks and number of active cases in a particular region.  Roumeliotis explained on the afternoon of November 6 that the yellow level is almost exactly the same as the measures he had already ordered under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  The only significant difference is that certain business owners are now required to have a written safety plan of how COVID-19 spread is being prevented and how employees and customers are being protected.

Local cases

As of November 6, there were 188 active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU out of 676 cumulative cases.

Schools and childcare facilities

According to the Government of Ontario list, there were active cases of COVID-19 at 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 St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall

One student and one staff member at Eamer’s Corners Public School in Cornwall

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

One student at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall

One student at École élémentaire publique Rose des Vents in Cornwall

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

Hospital, deaths, testing

Nine COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s jurisdiction were in hospital as of November 6, and one patient was in intensive care.

As of November 6, the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the EOHU territory was 26.

At the six COVID-19 testing and assessment centres and by paramedics across the EOHU territory, 76,495 COVID-19 tests had been performed as of November 6.  The total includes 11,240 tests in Hawkesbury, 22,415 tests in Limoges, 1,0645 tests in Alexandria, 6,889 tests in Rockland, and 222 tests by Prescott and Russell paramedics.

Provincial statistics

According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, there were 11,607 active cases of COVID-19 across the province as of November 5, out of a cumulative 81,693 cases.  There were 1,003, or 1.2 per cent more active cases on November 5 than on November 4.

The Ministry reported that 70,086 or 85.8 per cent of cumulative cases were resolved as of November 5.

There were 380 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of November 5.  Out of those 380 patients, 86 were in intensive care, and 49 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 3,209 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of November 5, composing 3.9 per cent of all cumulative cases.