“Community outbreak” declared in Deep River

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has declared a “community outbreak” of COVID-19 in Deep River.

The health unit said Wednesday there are currently 15 individuals who have received a positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) to date, and “more cases are anticipated” due to the large number of “high-risk family contacts within this closely knit group.”

The health unit reported five active cases in Deep River as of Monday.

“On further investigation, there appears to be spread amongst the members within this group. RCDHU is currently conducting extensive case and contact tracing within this specific group to evaluate and contain the spread of COVID-19.”

“This is a tightly knit group. We are taking all precautions to limit spread within the community and to prevent spread throughout Renfrew County and District,” said Dr. Robert Cushman, the county’s acting medical officer of health.

The health unit said it has directed all families and persons impacted within this specific group to self-isolate until cleared of COVID-19.

“We would like to thank members from this specific group for their full co-operation during this important contact tracing investigation.

“We are confident that we will have an extensive assessment of the situation soon. This will be followed by testing and further investigation within the next couple of days,” Cushman added.

Mayor Sue D’Eon responded to the outbreak on social media, saying “this is extremely disappointing.”

“Please stay home as much as possible and practice maximum vigilance when you must leave people.”

The health unit said it is “imperative that everyone do their part” to stay home if they are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash their hands, use the COVID Alert App and complete the COVID Alert App and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or COVID-19 school and child care self-assessment tool daily before going to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance.

For more information, visit the health unit website at rcdhu.com.

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