Police are seeking two suspects, one of whom may have been bitten by a dog, in an early-morning home invasion that occurred October 14 in South Glengarry.
Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers were called to the home on First Street shortly after 1:30 a.m.
The resident, who was alone in the house, was assaulted by two males after they had broken into the residence.
It's believed at least one of the individuals was bitten by a dog in the home before they fled on foot. The resident was not seriously hurt.
The OPP Canine Unit and OPP Forensic Identification Services Unit are assisting the SD&G OPP Crime Unit with the investigation.
The attackers are described as being dressed identically in black cargo pants, black hoodies and red face coverings. Both are believed to be white with slim builds.
If you have any information on this incident, please call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also submit a tip online at www.seawayvalleycrimestoppers.ca
The 20-39 age group accounts for 30 per cent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, according to figures compiled by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
With 107 cases recorded in September, the incidence of the virus in the region served by the health unit continues to increase.
Hydro One has advised us that service to a section of downtown Alexandria, including The News office, will be interrupted from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. October 8 so a pole on Centre Street can be replaced.
Due to the outage, The News office will be closed as of 3 p.m. October 8 but we will be back on the job Friday at 8:30 a.m.
“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.
Eastern Ontario may soon be returning to stricter COVID-19 restrictions, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says.
The province has capped outdoor gatherings at 25 and indoor get-togethers at 10 in Ottawa, Toronto and the Peel Region.
Similar measures may be imposed in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Prescott-Russell, Dr. Roumeliotis said Thursday, since the western edge of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's jurisdiction borders on Ottawa.
Meanwhile, a second positive case in South Glengarry has increased the total to eight active cases in Glengarry, according to Eastern Ontario Health Unit figures that were updated at 2:54 p.m. September 17.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) would like to advise the public that potentially harmful algae blooms (cyanobacteria), also known as blue-green algae, have been reportedly found in local rivers and lakes recently. The EOHU advises people using surface water for recreation or drinking to become familiar with potentially harmful algae so they can make informed decisions on when to avoid contact with the water.
Blue-green algae occur naturally world-wide and thrive in warm, shallow, undisturbed water that receives a lot of sunlight and that is rich is phosphorus and nitrogen. Animal and human waste and fertilizers containing these chemicals can contaminate water, which amplifies the growth of blue-green algae.
Some species of cyanobacteria produce toxins that are harmful to humans and animals. Toxins can irritate the skin and if ingested, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. At high enough levels, including from long-term exposure, the toxins may cause liver and nervous system damage.
The EOHU encourages people using lakes and rivers to watch for algae blooms. Dense blue-green algae blooms may make the water look like pea soup and can appear as shades of blue, blue-green, yellow, brown, or red. When a bloom is very large, algae may form solid-looking clumps. Fresh blooms often smell like newly mown grass; older blooms smell like rotting garbage.
If you live near where a bloom is suspected, detected, or where a bloom is visible, follow these safety measures:
- Do not use the water for drinking, food preparation, bathing, or showering.
- Do not allow children, pets, or livestock to swim in the water or drink the water.
- If skin contact does occur, wash with soap and water or rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove the algae.
- Do not boil the water. Boiling will not remove the toxins and may release more of the toxin into the water.
- Do not cook with the water because food may absorb toxins from the water during cooking.
- Do not rely on water jug filtration systems, as they do not protect against the toxins.
- Do not treat the water with a disinfectant such as chlorine bleach. This may break open algae cells and release toxins into the water.
- Avoid eating fish caught in affected water.
- The liver, kidneys, or other organs of fish caught in affected water should not be consumed.