New batch of Cornwall cases cluster in business setting

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

CORNWALL – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit region added nine newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases Friday including five in the City of Cornwall related to a local business.

That brings the regional total to 835 cases, of which 90 are active and 714 are resolved.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Cornwall – 132 cases (23 active)
  • SD&G – 128 cases (14 active)
  • Prescott-Russell – 544 cases (51 active)
  • Akwesasne – 31 cases (two active)

Answering a question from Cornwall Newswatch about the city cases, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says they are still trying to figure out how the virus spread within the business setting.

“We’re investigating that right now, we are looking at that. They are related to one workplace and another one (case) is secondary to that, so they are related. We’re investigating that right now to see what happened,” he told Newswatch.

Roumeliotis did not name the business but said it was a “smaller place” and there was “no public at risk.” Otherwise, a public notice would be issued if there was a danger of exposure to the public.

The doctor stressed than less than 15 per cent of all the cases in the region to date don’t have an epidemiological link, meaning that the majority are isolated and traceable.

Other notable COVID-19 issues Friday:

  • There have been six positive cases related to the French elementary school in Casselman that was closed as a precautionary measure. A symptomatic staff member had “roamed” from classroom to classroom as part of their job. The health unit has declared an outbreak at the school even though it’s still closed.
  • There are currently nine active cases of COVID-19 in five schools in the region.
  • The Prescott-Russell Residence in Hawkesbury has 109 resident cases, which includes a new case added today. Seventy-eight resident cases are resolved. In staff, there have been 67 positive with 64 resolved.
  • Outbreaks at Woodland Villa in Long Sault and Russell Meadows Retirement Home in Russell are “very close to being declared over,” Roumeliotis said.