Local cases fall below five

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has not declared Deep River’s “community outbreak” to be over, but the number of active local cases of COVID-19 has fallen below five.

According to the health unit’s bi-weekly report, Deep River had “1-4” active cases of COVID as of Monday, down from eight last Thursday. (The health unit does not report specific numbers below five cases.)

The cumulative total for the town remains at 21.

The health unit announced the outbreak on April 28, saying that 15 Deep River individuals had received a positive laboratory-confirmed test for the novel coronavirus, and “more cases (were) anticipated” due to the large number of “high-risk family contacts within this closely knit group.”

However, it seems the outbreak has been kept under wraps as local case numbers dropped to 10 by the beginning of last week, and then eight by Thursday.

Meanwhile, the county as a whole has now seen 645 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March, up 47 cases from the week before and 27 since Thursday alone.

In all, 165 cases have screened positive for “variants of concern.”

There are currently 47 active cases, with 41 individuals in isolation at home and six in hospital (none in intensive care).

Besides Deep River, affected individuals are from Renfrew (6 active cases) and Arnprior (10), along with the townships of Laurentian Valley (5), McNab Braeside (11), Madawaska Valley, Greater Madawaska, Admaston Bromley, Brudenell Lyndoch and Raglan, and Whitewater Region (8).

Whitewater Region has the highest cumulative number of cases at 91, followed by Petawawa at 83, Laurentian Valley at 72, and Arnprior at 67.

Deep River has had 21 total cases (including the “1-4” active) while Laurentian Hills has had eight and Head, Clara, Maria one.

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