Health unit confirms new community case of COVID-19


The Renfrew County & District Health Unit has confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in the Pembroke area, and is recommending that residents self-monitor for symptoms if you visited two locations where the person was known to be.

The health unit issued a statement early Thursday evening saying that a new, “laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)” had been confirmed in the area “associated with community spread.”

The health unit said it was issuing an advisory “after confirmation that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the following locations:

  • Walmart (Pembroke): Monday, June 22, 2020, between 11 am and 2 pm
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart (Petawawa): Wednesday, June 24, 2020, between 2:30 pm and 4 pm.”

“If you visited either of these locations during these times, please self-monitor for symptoms.

If you develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (RCVTAC) at 1-844-727-6404 or RCDHU at 613-735-8654 or 1-800-267-1097 to arrange for testing.”

The health unit said that if you do not have symptoms and are concerned about exposure, check the COVID-19 testing schedule to visit a testing site near you.

The next date for the mobile testing in Deep River is Thursday, July 9 from 9-10:30 am at the Deep River Arena parking lot.

There is no testing scheduled in the county tomorrow, Friday, July 3 or over the coming weekend.

Testing will resume in Renfrew and Arnprior on Monday, July 6. The next tests in the upper Ottawa Valley will take place in Pembroke next Wednesday morning, July 8 at the Renfrew County administration building on International Drive (behind the Pembroke Best Western).

The health unit says “all necessary precautions are being followed to ensure the safety of the public.”

“RCDHU is conducting case and contact management with appropriate individuals and organizations. All affected parties will receive specific instructions on self-isolation and self-monitoring based on exposure.”

Dr. Robert Cushman, the county’s acting medical officer of health, said that, “As we continue to re-open the province, I cannot stress enough that it is everyone’s responsibility to practice physical distancing and if you cannot observe the 2-metre rule, wear a mask.”

The health unit recommends 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.

Today’s new case brings to 26 the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District. Twenty-three of the cases have resolved, with one person remaining in hospital, one now in self-isolation, and one death – a 90-year-old resident of a Pembroke nursing home.

With the start of mobile clinics, testing numbers have increased significantly, with more than 14,159 tests administered.

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