Three new COVID-19 cases in region; includes two in Cornwall

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

CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit area added three newly diagnosed novel coronavirus cases Wednesday.

Two of them are in the City of Cornwall and the third is in Prescott-Russell.

For the two Cornwall cases, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says one was a contact with a known positive case while the other was an older person who got a routine test.

“An elderly individual who got a routine test just because it’s now required before one visits a long term facility or retirement home and that came back positive asymptomatic so we’re really puzzled about that one,” he said.

Roumeliotis says it’s not related to any outbreaks or any long term care facilities.

The third case in Prescott-Russell is a worker tied to an outbreak at a nursing home in Quebec.

“We’ve identified two (cases) that are definite contacts and the third one, like I said we’re puzzled, were not really sure whether it’s a false positive. We’re looking at that right now.”

The regional COVID-19 case total is now 161 confirmed positives, of which 131 are resolved.

  • Prescott-Russell – 112 cases (92 resolved)
  • SD&G – 27 cases (24 resolved)
  • Cornwall – 22 cases (15 resolved)

There have been 12,271 tests performed to date, including 9,113 at regional assessment centers. Two people are in hospital, one of which is in ICU. There have been 11 deaths to date.