No COVID-19 casualty reported for Eastern Ontario

There is no report yet of anyone in Eastern Ontario dying from COVID-19.

“At this point, I cannot confirm that,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotus, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) today (April 6), during his daily teleconference with regional media on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region.

Dr. Roumeliotus was responding to a question about whether there was a COVID-19 casualty in the region.

“We’ve had no deaths reported,” he said.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for the entire Eastern Ontario region now numbers 44. Five cases, Dr. Roumeliotis noted, are receiving hospital treatment, with three people assigned to intensive care units.

The EOHU is no longer providing specific information about the number of COVID-19 cases for specific areas of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Roumeliotis explained that some people might get a feeling of false safety and security about where they live and lower their guard on strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines which aim at reducing the spread of the virus.

“I don’t want people to be complacent,” he said. “I want people to realize that it’s here in this region. COVID-19 is a reality.”

Scène policière

Il n’y a pas à dire : la vitesse a la cote en campagne. Les policiers de la Sûreté du Québec (SQ), et d’ailleurs, en ont plein les bras ce printemps avec des pilotes au pied lourd pris en flagrant délit de grand excès de vitesse.

The three chambers of commerce for the Prescott-Russell region launched a new virtual conference project to help keep their members informed of important business news items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regional health office says people can drive up for their takeout coffee order but then they should drive away with it, instead of standing around in the parking lot with other people, drinking coffee and chatting.

Across the Prescott-Russell region, flags fly at half-mast as local municipalities, school districts, and others express sympathy and support for the residents of several Nova Scotia communities in the wake of a weekend murder spree which claimed the lives of 22 people.