Second positive COVID-19 case in region

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

ALEXANDRIA – A second positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has shown up in the health unit’s region.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit says a man in his 60s from Prescott-Russell was tested on Saturday (March 14) and sent home to self-isolate.

The health unit did not indicate where the man was tested.

The man had mild symptoms of fever, cough, headache and generalized aches and pain, the health unit said.

He had returned from a trip to the United Kingdom on March 11 and “developed symptoms later that day.”

The health unit is now doing contact tracing.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says another confirmed case is not unexpected given the transmission of the virus. “Our current containment process aims to identify and isolate individuals to limit the spread into our community and it is working.”

The doctor adds there has been no evidence of community spread – that’s person to person transfer within the local population.