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COVID-19

Status quo in Eastern Ontario

publisher Oct 3, 2020 - 4:23pm

“While I applaud the government’s efforts to lower the number of cases in areas experiencing high rates of transmission, I don’t see the need at this point for targeted measures in our area,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). “However, we are closely monitoring the situation in Eastern Ontario and will take action if required.”

The comments were made after the Ontario government announced Friday that it is tightening public health measures to curb the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the province.

While continuing to make mask use mandatory inside all buildings, the government is pausing social circles and recommending that all Ontarians limit their close contacts to people living in their own household and maintain physical distancing measures with everyone else.

“I agree with the tightening of these public health measures,” says Dr. Roumeliotis.

“The cases we are seeing in our area are mostly a result of individuals not wearing masks and failing to maintain their distance at private social gatherings. I believe these reinforced measures will help put an end to this type of transmission.”

Targeted public health measures in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto

The province also announced the introduction of targeted public health measures in the regions of Ottawa, Peel and Toronto due to their higher than average rates of transmission.

The new measures, which take effect October 3, will restrict occupancy in bars, restaurants and other food and drink establishments, where a maximum of 100 patrons will now be allowed in the premises. Restrictions have also been tightened for gyms and other fitness settings, as well as banquet halls and other meeting and event facilities.

For more information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, check out the EOHU’s website at www.EOHU.ca/coronavirus.

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4 active cases

publisher Sep 8, 2020 - 3:50pm

There are now four active COVID-19 cases in North Glengarry, according to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

One of those cases is an employee at Chartrand`s Independent Grocer in Alexandria. The employee, who had not been at work since August 29, tested positive September 6.

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Face coverings recommended in tight spots

publisher May 20, 2020 - 2:33pm

As the Ontario government gradually reopens the province, those taking public transit, returning to work or going out shopping are being urged to continue to adhere to public health advice as the best line of defence against COVID-19.
To assist the public, the Ministry of Health today released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible.

Officials are now recommending that individuals wear a face covering where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transit or in a small grocery store or pharmacy.


Wear your face covering safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps. Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;

Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries.

Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.

Workers and employers may also consider using face coverings as an additional public health measure in addition to mandatory occupational health and safety measures.

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Five new cases

publisher Mar 29, 2020 - 12:45pm

An increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region over the last day is a strong reminder of the importance of following public health advisories on staying home and physical distancing, as the threat of spreading the virus grows.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has received confirmation of five new cases of COVID-19 in the last day, all in the counties of Prescott-Russell. One patient is currently in intensive care at the Cornwall Community Hospital. The latest cases bring the total number in the EOHU region to nine. Of these, four have no travel history, and it is believed they may have become infected through the community.

“We know that there is community spread of COVID-19 elsewhere in Ontario and Canada, and we believe that our area is no exception,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. He adds that the increase in cases is not unexpected. The health unit is currently waiting on hundreds of test results for residents across the EOHU territory, and expects the numbers to grow not just in Prescott-Russell but throughout the region. “I want to make it clear that while the new cases are in the Prescott-Russell area, residents in the rest of the region should not feel that their risk is lower. We strongly encourage everyone to continue staying at home as much as possible, and practise physical distancing to reduce the threat of spread.”

The EOHU is urging residents to remain at home and avoid all non-essential outings. When going out for absolute essentials like groceries and medication, everyone must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from one another. A 14-day quarantine is also now mandatory for all Canadians returning from travel outside of the country. Returning travellers must go straight home upon their return to the country, and rely on help from family, friends, their municipality and local agencies for anything they need.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario's Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120.

More details on how to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading COVID-19 are available on the EOHU’s website at EOHU.ca/coronavirus. The website also includes local updates, what to do if you have symptoms, information on testing/assessment centres and more.

Visit Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/coronavirus to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

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State of emergency

publisher Mar 26, 2020 - 6:13pm

In response to growing concerns over COVID-19 in Eastern Ontario, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SD&G), the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the City of Cornwall declared a state of emergency Thursday.

SDG Warden and South Glengarry Mayor  Frank Prevost said that by declaring an emergency, the counties would be able to access additional resources. He added that lower tier municipalities, like North and South Glengarry, do not have to make similar declarations at this time.

“Declaring a state of emergency is not a decision we took lightly, but it was the right decision to make,” says Bernadette Clement, Mayor of the City of Cornwall. “This will help us to come together more effectively to care for the most vulnerable among us, to deploy needed action quickly, and to efficiently coordinate preventive measures.”

Although there have only been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the combined jurisdictions to date, there are over 300 tests with results still pending.

Public health authorities fear the virus is now spreading on two fronts: through the community from one individual to another, as well as area residents returning from their travels abroad.

“Over 50 per cent of cases in Canada are not linked to individuals who have travelled abroad or been in contact with people who did,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU).

“This means there is now community spread of COVID-19 across the country, and our area will be no exception.” The increasing threat of COVID-19 points to the importance of physical distancing as a measure to counter its spread. The public is therefore being asked to stay home as much as possible and to avoid all non-essential outings. When going out for absolute essentials like groceries and medication, everyone must maintain a minimum distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from one another.

Mr. Prevost states that while residents shouldn’t panic about the state of emergency, they should take public health advisories very seriously. “I want residents to understand that we have taken this measure to enable us to access additional resources to respond to COVID-19.”

Pierre Leroux, Warden of Prescott-Russell, echoes Mr. Prevost’s message. “While the situation regarding COVID-19 is still manageable in our area, declaring a state of emergency will allow the redeployment of county resources, such as personnel and equipment, to where we need them most.”
Mandatory 14-day quarantine for returning travellers

Authorities at all levels of government are reminding residents that a 14-day quarantine is now mandatory for all Canadians returning from travel outside of the country. Returning travellers must go straight home upon their return to the country, and rely on help from family, friends, their municipality and local agencies for anything they need. For more information about COVID-19, please consult EOHU.ca/coronavirus, Ontario’s website at Ontario.ca/coronavirus, where you’ll find a self-assessment tool, and the federal government’s website at Canada.ca/coronavirus.

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Closures

publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 3:34pm

Most public facilities are being temporarily closed and social events are being postponed because of COVID-19.

The Township of South Glengarry is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the risk in South Glengarry remains low, the municipality is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities and community centres will all be closed from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6.
From Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6 the following facilities will be closed to the public, with all events scheduled to take place either cancelled or postponed: • Char-Lan Recreation Centre • Martintown Community Centre • Green Valley Community Centre • North Lancaster Community Centre • The Paul Rozon Park Building • The Jack Danaher Park Building
This includes all March Break programming (Char-Lan Recreation Centre) and the Business & Community Awards Gala.

Please note, the municipal office at 6 Oak Street, Lancaster will remain open. Residents are encouraged to conduct business over the phone and online where possible. To contact a specific department please contact: (613)347-1166. At this time, no cases have been confirmed in South Glengarry. However, the township encourages all residents to engage in public distancing and proper hygiene to limit the spread of colds and flu.

To learn more about Covid-19 and its ongoing development and prevention please visit the following links: www.canada.ca/coronavirus, www.ontario.ca/coronavirus, or eohu.ca/coronavirus.
For questions about COVID-19, contact the Public Health Agency of Canada’s public inquiry line at: 1-833-784-4397.

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