First positive COVID-19 case in SD&G

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis speaks during a news conference at the health unit office in Cornwall, Ont. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The region recorded its first positive case on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in North Glengarry. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – The region has recorded its first positive case of novel coronavirus.

The Ontario Ministry of Health reported that a woman in her 30s showed up at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit shared that the woman is from Prescott-Russell and went to the emergency department on Thursday (March 12) with a cough and “generalized aches and pain.”

The health unit says the hospital took all necessary precautions and followed standard operating procedures before the woman was discharged home “where she remains in self-isolation” and her health is improving.

Her symptoms are described as mild.

The EOHU says the patient had returned from a trip to New York City on March 9 (Monday) and developed symptoms two days later (Wednesday, March 11). “The EOHU is actively engaged in the process of following up with a small number of close contacts of the individual,” it said.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says “we do not have any local community spread and the risk remains low for our region.”

Ontario now has had 103 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Ninety-eight are positive and four cases have been resolved.