‘Go yourself, do your shopping and leave’

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis speaks to reporters on Monday, June 1, 2020 during his daily briefing. The doctor is getting complaints about families running around shopping like everything is back to normal. (EOHU/Zoom via Newswatch Group)

SD&G – The region’s medical officer of health is concerned over increasing complaints about local families shopping like there’s nothing wrong and flitting about stores like everything is “back to normal.”

It’s not.

“I’d like to underscore that we’re still in a pandemic situation, we’re still in an emergency. I know we have opened up some retail stores for traffic coming in but it’s restricted,” Roumeliotis said.

“If you need to go and buy something, go yourself, don’t go with the family, go in, do your shopping and leave and then go home,” Roumeliotis stated Monday afternoon.

The doctor added that people should not be going out if they’re sick. “People should understand, if they’re sick, they should not go out. Even if they’re going to wear a mask. I’m pleading with everybody. It’s not a guarantee that you’re not going to infect other people.”

While positive case numbers have been steady for quite a while in Cornwall and Prescott-Russell, SD&G cases have been slowly creeping up and the last two cases “have been very close to Cornwall – they’re close to the Cornwall area,” Roumeliotis said.

In other news, a staff member at a Limoges nursing room, who lives in Ottawa, tested positive. They had tested negative on May 4 and were picked up in the latest round of routine testing. An outbreak has been declared at the home and, as a precaution, all staff and residents at the home will be tested tomorrow.

The number of confirmed positive cases increased by one (in SD&G) to a total of 149 cases in the region. Of those, 115 are resolved.