Another COVID-19 death in EOHU region

Eastern Ontario Health Unit Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. (Zoom/EOHU via Newswatch Group)

PLANTAGENET, Ont. – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported another novel coronavirus death in the region Monday afternoon, bringing the total number of deaths to eight.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis told reporters during his 4:15 p.m. briefing Monday afternoon that the latest two fatalities over the weekend have been at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet.

“We continue to monitor the situation. We are working with the Hawkesbury hospital with the staff there who is emotionally distraught not withstanding the families are distraught as well. As I said on Friday, I was quite worried about this institution. We haven’t had any new cases over the weekend at that institution so at least that’s tapered off at this point,” Roumeliotis said.

There were also two additional coronavirus cases – one in the City of Cornwall and one in Prescott-Russell – bringing the total to 132.

  • Prescott-Russell – 96 (42 resolved)
  • SD&G – 21 (15 resolved)
  • Cornwall – 15 (14 resolved)

The number of institutional outbreaks also increased by one for a total of three. Earlier in the day, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Center declared the outbreak on its website. The two other outbreaks are at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet and Woodland Villa in Long Sault.

Roumeliotis provided more information on the non-nursing worker at St. Joseph’s. “This is one individual who was a staff at St. Joseph who was wearing appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment) and was tested as part of our testing. No residents tested positive in that institution.”

The number of resolved cases also went up by six, from 65 to 71.

Testing in the region also increased by 70 to 3,177 tests. Here is the breakdown of tests: Hawkesbury 700, Cornwall 842, Winchester 345, Casselman 553, Rockland 357, Prescott-Russell EMS 45 and SD&G EMS 82.