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Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury. Photo: James Morgan

New COVID-19 cases at Prescott and Russell Residence, and an explanation of confusing case numbers

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reported four new cases of COVID-19 among residents of the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 18.

EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the new positive cases were discovered resulting from testing of all residents and staff earlier in the week.

As of November 18, 12 residents of the 146-bed long-term care facility had died of COVID-19 since the outbreak began on October 9.

Including the four new cases, there were 14 active cases of COVID-19 at the Residence as of Wednesday.

Deaths are not resolved or active cases

As of November 18, 73 out of the 101 resident cases of COVID-19 in the Prescott and Russell Residence outbreak had been resolved, but that number does not include the 12 deaths because a resolved case is a case where the patient has recovered.  If deaths are included, there would have been 26 active cases at the Residence as of November 18.

Since the outbreak began, 64 Residence employees have tested positive for COVID-19.  As of November 18, 59 of those cases were resolved.

The EOHU COVID-19 map for November 18 indicated that there were 17 active cases among residents of the Town of Hawkesbury, which matches the number of active cases connected to the Prescott and Russell Residence outbreak.

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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