COVID-19 cases will be broken down Wednesday by Cornwall, counties

Local Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit will break down the numbers on positive COVID-19 cases in the region, starting Wednesday.

During his daily news conference Tuesday afternoon, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says cases will be mapped out showing the number of cases in each area: City of Cornwall, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and United Counties of Prescott-Russell.

“I know that now we have enough numbers to be able show that we have significant spread. My partner health units have all been doing the same, just to give an idea of where they are. I’m balancing between people wanting to know and the risk of being complacent,” Roumeliotis told Cornwall Newswatch.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit started showing cases last week on a map in clusters of townships throughout the tri-county area. For example, the City of Brockville is grouped with the townships of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Athens and Front of Yonge.

Roumeliotis says he will be giving the statistics with a caveat that “we’re doing a good job. Just because we have less in one area than another doesn’t mean that it’s not here.”

“It’s a balance between complacency and actually people wanting (information). I’ve been overwhelmed with questions. I’m not going to break it down any further,” he said.

Another case was added to the number of positive cases in the region Tuesday with the total at 61 cases. The number of people in hospitals is five (one fewer than Monday) with three in the intensive care unit (ICU). Thirty people have recovered (one more than Monday).

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