“We need to remain vigilant”

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by Vance Gutzman

Renfrew County may have escaped the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively unscathed so far, but that doesn’t mean it’s time for people to let their guard down.

That was the message delivered to county council last week by Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health with the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU).

“We have been blessed that, with a little bit of luck, and a lot of hard work,” the county has only seen a relatively small number of confirmed cases,” Dr. Cushman told the county’s mayors and reeves.

“It’s a good time to thank all those involved.”

As of Monday, there have been 23 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the RCDHU’s catchment area, with 16 resolved cases and one death.

To go along with that, there have been 3,373 tests, with 3,199 of those coming back negative, and 151 pending results.

Dr. Cushman went on to note that, of the confirmed cases so far, only “a handful” – about four – have cropped up over the last six weeks.

“If we were an average place we wouldn’t have had four in six weeks. We would have had three every day,” he said.

“Nonetheless, we need to remain vigilant.”

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(Photo: The Renfrew County and District Health Unit, in conjunction with the county paramedic service, is offering mobile COVID-19 testing. Mobile clinics were set up at the Deep River Arena last Thursday and Saturday afternoon.)