Five more positive COVID-19 cases in region

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PRESCOTT-RUSSELL – Health unit officials have confirmed five more cases of COVID-19 in the health unit region, one of which has required hospitalization in Cornwall.

The cases – all in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell – were shared in an update Saturday afternoon.

Here’s the breakdown of the cases:

  • A man in his 50s who acquired the virus through travel to the U.S. In self-isolation.
  • A woman in her 20s who acquired the virus through travel to the U.S. In self-isolation.
  • A man in his 50s who acquired the virus through close contact. In self-isolation.
  • A woman in her 60s in self-isolation. The transmission of the virus is under investigation.
  • A woman in her 50s who acquired the virus through travel to the U.S. She has been hospitalized in the ICU at Cornwall Community Hospital.

The latest cases bring the number of positive cases in the region to nine.

“Of these, four have no travel history, and it is believed they may have become infected through community,” the health unit said.

Even through all the cases are in Prescott-Russell, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis stressed that people in Cornwall and SD&G should not feel the risk is any lower.

In fact, Roumeliotis says they are waiting on results for “hundreds” of tests and he expects the numbers to grow “not just in Prescott-Russell but throughout the region.”

“We strongly encourage everyone to continue staying at home as much as possible, and practice physical distancing to reduce the threat of the spread,” he said.

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