Case #180 was false positive at Maxville Manor

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis speaks to reporters on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Roumeliotis says the 180th case that showed up and was then removed over the weekend was a false positive at Maxville Manor. The regional total of confirmed positives remains at 179. (EOHU/Zoom via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The region’s medical officer of health says a case that showed up in the regional total after the long weekend and then was removed Friday was a false positive.

Speaking with reporters Monday afternoon, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says the declared outbreak at Maxville Manor that started with one asymptomatic staff member testing positive for COVID-19, then showed up a positive case in a resident.

Roumeliotis says the resident – a man in his 90s – came back negative in a subsequent lab test.

“It was the lab’s re(testing)…did the sample and it came back negative so we removed it. So that’s why it went from 179 to 180 and back to 179,” Roumeliotis explained.

The declared outbreak at Maxville Manor is still in effect and Roumeliotis is hopeful that will be cleared in a couple of days.

The number of confirmed positive cases in Prescott-Russell, SD&G and Cornwall remains at 179.

In other statistics, another three cases were resolved Monday bringing the total resolved to 163. One was discharged was from hospital, leaving only one case still hospitalized.

The amount of testing in the region increased by 461 to 32,094. That 28,936 tests in area assessment centers and by paramedics: Hawkesbury 4,379, Cornwall 6,937, Winchester 5,090, Casselman 7,554, Rockland 3,376, Alexandria 516, Prescott-Russell EMS 89 and Cornwall-SDG EMS 167.