Health unit rolls back number of cases

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has rolled back its figures on the number of COVID-19 cases in the region.

The RCDHU issued a revised report late Wednesday afternoon showing that there are 18 confirmed cases in the county.

That’s down from 25 the health unit reported earlier in the day.

The health unit has removed from the count seven cases of COVID-19 among area residents who are members of the military deployed outside the district.

Among the 18 cases now being reported, only two are current, with both self-isolating at home.

Fifteen of the 18 cases have resolved and there has been one death, a 90-year-old woman from a nursing home in Pembroke who was one of the first to contract the disease.

In a breakdown by community, most of the county’s 18 cases have been recorded in Arnprior and Renfrew, with seven and six cases respectively.

There have been two cases in Pembroke, and one each in Deep River and area, Barry’s Bay and Petawawa.

Ten of those who have tested positive have been health care workers, with seven of them employed outside the county.

There has been one case among residents of long-term care or retirement homes (the county’s sole death), and seven “community cases.”

There have been 2,701 tests among county residents with possible symptoms of COVID-19, with 2,530 tests coming back negative and 146 still pending results.

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