September spike in COVID-19 due to Labour Day partying: Roumeliotis

A graph from Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis' semi-weekly news conference on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 shows the monthly development of COVID-19 in the EOHU area. The monthly total of newly confirmed cases each month has been steadily rising since July. (EOHU/Zoom via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – The region’s medical officer of health is convinced the recent spike in novel coronavirus cases in Prescott-Russell, SD&G and Cornwall was due to holiday partying.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis is hopeful the region has reached “a peak of this upswing,” this “uptick will be blunted” and that new cases will start subsiding.

After days where cases would trickle in – one or two cases every day or so – there were 18 cases between Sept. 11 and Sep. 15 – about four to eight days after Labour Day Monday.

“Look at the timing, that’s where it fits,” Roumeliotis told reporters in his semi-weekly news conference Thursday afternoon.

As for testing, the province is rolling out asymptomatic testing at 60 pharmacies so far. Roumeliotis says he spoke with Ontario Health today (Thursday) and that there will be a pharmacy in our area but no date has been set for that announcement.

As for cases, the region added another case Thursday in Clarence-Rockland to bring the regional total to 243 cases. There are 39 active cases and 192 are resolved.