Number of dead in EOHU region from COVID-19 increases to nine

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PLANTAGENET, Ont. – The number of victims from the novel coronavirus increased by one Tuesday afternoon, to a total of nine in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis confirmed in his daily media briefing with reporters that this latest death is also at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet.

The previous eight deaths have all been at Pinecrest, which has been dealing with a coronavirus outbreak for nearly three weeks.

Roumeliotis says they are “really now focusing on that home” with 39 cases (32 residents and seven staff) and that the “very fragile situation” appears to have stabilized with no new cases lately.

The number of positive cases across the region stayed the same at 132, though there were two more recoveries, bringing the number of resolved cases to 73.

  • Prescott-Russell – 96 cases (44 resolved)
  • SD&G – 21 cases (15 resolved)
  • Cornwall – 15 cases (14 resolved)

There are still two people in hospital in the intensive care unit in Ottawa, who have been there for weeks.

The number of tests at assessment centers and performed by paramedics increased to 3,298, which is 121 more tests than yesterday.

The breakdown of tests by assessment centers and paramedics are: Hawkesbury 731, Cornwall 873, Winchester 361, Casselman 573, Rockland 370, Prescott-Russell EMS 45 and SD&G EMS 85.