Local “outbreak” over, one new case reported

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Deep River’s “community outbreak” is now officially over, with the number of active local cases of COVID-19 remaining below five.

According to the health unit’s bi-weekly report, Deep River had “1-4” active cases of COVID as of Monday, the same as a week earlier.

(The health unit does not report specific numbers below five cases.)

There has been one new case as the cumulative total for the town now stands at 22, up from 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, the outbreak was kept under wraps as local case numbers dropped to 10 by the beginning of the next week, and then “1-4” last week.

Meanwhile, the county as a whole has now seen 675 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March, up 30 cases from the week before and 77 cases over the past two weeks.

In all, 189 cases have screened positive for “variants of concern.”

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