Plus de 100 nouveaux cas ont été enregistrés dans le Bureau de santé de l'est de l'Ontario au cours du week-end.
Plus de 100 nouveaux cas ont été enregistrés dans le Bureau de santé de l'est de l'Ontario au cours du week-end.

Cases soar over long weekend as ‘shutdown’ begins

Stephen Jeffery
EAP
More than 100 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) on Friday as the province entered a four-week “shutdown”.  

The restrictions, which took effect from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, were be as strict as those between Christmas and early February, but included bans on all indoor and outdoor dining, as well as the use of facilities at gyms and other indoor and outdoor sporting venues. Schools remained open. 

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings were banned, and capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings were limited to a five-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household or gatherings of members of one household and one other person who lives alone. 

Weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites or ceremonies were limited to 15 percent of capacity for indoor rooms. The restrictions did not include social gatherings associated with those services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors. 

From Friday to Sunday, the EOHU reported 116 new cases, including 48 in Prescott-Russell. The new transmissions pushed the region’s active case count to 442, the highest since January. 

Dr. Roumeliotis said he had called for a stay-at-home order to accompany the lockdown. “I think that lockdowns alone aren’t as effective as adding either a curfew or a stay-at-home order,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of these cases from social gatherings. Toronto was locked down for this period of time and not much changed. We’ve raised our concerns and we’ll see what happens.” 

Outbreaks 

Two outbreaks continued at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, with 28 patients and 6 staff testing positive. Staff outbreaks were also reported at Heritage Lodge in Vankleek Hill and Le Genesis Retirement Home in Limoges.  

Cases reported in schools included: three students and one staff member at Mother Teresa Elementary School in Russell, four students at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell, two staff members at École élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon in Hawkesbury, two students each at at École élémentaire publique L'Académie de la Seigneurie in Casselman, École élémentaire catholique Sacré-Coeur in Clarence-Rockland, Russell High School, and École secondaire catholique de Casselman, and one student each at École élémentaire publique Le Sommet in Hawkesbury, École élémentaire catholique de Casselman - Pav. St-Paul/Ste-Euphémie, École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph in Russell, École intermédiaire catholique - Pavillon Hawkesbury, École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury,  and Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute,  

The region 

Of the 442 active cases in the EOHU on Monday, 169 were in Prescott-Russell communities, including, 43 in Russell, 32 in Hawkesbury, 26 in Clarence-Rockland, 18 in East Hawkesbury, 14 in Casselman, 12 in Alfred-Plantagenet, 12 in Champlain, and 12 in The Nation.