The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) had decreased below 300 to 292 as of Friday, December 18. There have been 1,171 cumulative cases under EOHU jurisdiction since the pandemic began. As of Friday, the number of deaths remained at 32. As of Friday, eight COVID-19 patients under EOHU jurisdiction were in hospital and two of those patients was in intensive care.
All municipalities under EOHU jurisdiction are now under the Ontario government`s Orange-Restrict designation for COVID-19 control. EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said on Friday that the current rate of new cases across the EOHU’s territory qualifies it to remain under the orange designation for at least another week. Those remarks were made amid speculation on Friday that all of southern Ontario could be temporarily designated as a grey-lockdown zone as of Boxing Day, December 26. However, Roumeliotis did note that there were only seven new cases of COVID-19 under EOHU jurisdiction from Thursday to Friday.
As of December 18, 90,476 COVID-19 tests had been performed at the six testing and assessment facilities, and by paramedics across the EOHU’s territory.
As of December 18, the largest school outbreak was in a dormitory at the Al-Rashid Islamic Institute, a religious boarding school at the eastern edge of Cornwall on Highway 2 where 43 people had had initially tested positive for COVID-19. It was one of three official outbreaks in schools under EOHU jurisdiction as of Friday.
As of December 18, cases of COVID-19 were also listed at the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction. The source of these numbers is from information provided by school boards and the Ontario government list which is updated daily. Two or more cases at a school constitutes an official outbreak, however the decision to declare an official outbreak depends on how the affected individuals contracted COVID-19.
Two students at Glengarry District High School in Alexandria—Not an official outbreak.
One student at St. Finnan’s Catholic Elementary School in Alexandria
Four students and one staff member at École élémentaire catholique St-Isidore
One student and one staff member at École élémentaire catholique La Source in North Stormont
One staff member at École élémentaire catholique Embrun Pavillon St-Jean/Pavillon La Croisée
One student at École élémentaire publique De la Rivière Castor in Russell
One student at Mother Theresa Catholic Elementary School in Russell
One staff member at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in South Glengarry
Two students at Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School in Cornwall
One student at École élémentaire publique Rose des vents in Cornwall
One staff member at T.R. Léger Adult Learning in Cornwall
One student at Morrisburg Public School
The following childcare centres under EOHU jurisdiction had cases of COVID-19 as of December 18:
Four children and one staff member at Centre éducatif au Jardin des Calins in Limoges
One child at Wee Watch Private Home Day Care East in Russell
One child at Happy Face Morrisburg
Long-term care outbreaks
The following long-term care and other group living institutions under EOHU jurisdiction had active cases of COVID-19 as of December 18:
Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury
Champlain Long-term Care in L’Orignal
The Palace Long-term Care in Alexandria
Valoris Residence in Hammond
Heritage Heights in Cornwall
Parisien Manor in Cornwall
Sunset Cove Retirement Home in Long Sault
TSIIonKwa NonhSoTe Long-term Care Facility in Akwesasne
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health, there were 17,742 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of December 17. There were 2,290, or 1.5 per cent more active cases on December 17 than on December 16.
On December 17, the Ministry reported that 129,417 or 85.6 per cent of cumulative cases were resolved. Resolved cases do not include deaths.
There were 877 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of December 17. Out of those 877 patients, 261 were in intensive care, and 168 patients were on ventilators.
There had been 4,098 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of December 17, comprising 2.7 per cent of all cumulative cases.
Active and resolved COVID-19 cases across EOHU jurisdiction, December 18, 2020
EOHU COVID-19 media briefing, December 18, 2020.