Health unit announces second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Renfrew County

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) has confirmed a second positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in the district.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the health unit says a woman in her 30s developed mild symptoms and was tested at home by paramedics of the County of Renfrew community paramedic program on March 27.

She currently remains at home on isolation and is being monitored.

“This individual had travelled from London, England and arrived in Canada on March 18, 2020. The individual has been on isolation since her arrival in Canada.

“All necessary precautions were followed to ensure the safety of the patient, the public, and the health care workers.”

The health unit said it is doing case and contact management with the individual and the county paramedics.

“All affected parties will receive specific instructions on self-isolation and self-monitoring based on exposure.”

RCDHU will assume close contacts are probable cases if they develop symptoms. A probable case is defined as:

A person with a fever (over 38 degrees Celsius) and/or onset of (or exacerbation of chronic) cough AND any of the following within 14 days prior to onset of illness:

  • Travel to an impacted area or,
  • close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 or,
  • close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been to an impacted area, AND
  • in whom laboratory diagnosis of COVID-19 is not available, recommended, or inconclusive.

Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health, said county residents “must continue to enhance our actions to prevent further spread of COVID-19; stay home and practice physical distancing.”

The health unit says that if you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care.

For further assistance, call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-000, or Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre at 1-844-727-6406 or your health care provider. You can also call RCDHU at 613-735-8654.