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College helps

publisher Mar 26, 2020 - 11:38am

St. Lawrence College (SLC) has donated three state-of-the-art ventilators, purchased last year, to local hospitals, one to the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), and two to the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).  
In addition to the ventilators, other important supplies have been donated to the CCH, the Brockville General Hospital (BGH), and the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC). These supplies include more than 20 boxes of examination gloves in various sizes and 6000 masks amongst the three hospitals, as well as hand sanitizer.  The requests were coordinated through administration at the hospitals and Barb Le Blanc, Associate Dean, School of Baccalaureate Nursing, and the supplies were delivered by the lab technicians at both campuses.

Day care update

publisher Mar 26, 2020 - 8:01am

In alignment with the revised directives issued by the Government of Ontario, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is advising private daycares with five children or less that they can resume operations, provided they take the required infection control measures.

“The new directives issued by the provincial government state that private daycares with five children or less can remain open as they are classified as an essential service,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “These daycares, provided they follow our infection control directions, are therefore exempt from the Order of closure I issued on March 22 which called for the immediate closure of all daycares and other childcare centres and services.”
Consult the list below for a summary of infection control guidelines that exempted private daycares must adhere to:
Perform daily health assessments and exclude ill children
Perform daily health self-assessments and close daycare if operator becomes ill (in this case, both the operator and parents of children in care must contact the EOHU for guidance)
Put in place enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection practices
Implement social distancing measures (staggered pick-up and drop-off times, as well as staggered activity times)
For the complete list of infection control measures that must be implemented, daycare operators can consult the infection control guidance documents on the EOHU’s website at…
The situation regarding the closure of establishments is rapidly evolving as the province balances the provision of essential services for the public with the need to isolate individuals as much as possible to contain the spread of COVID-19.


Forced to close? Here is a check list

publisher Mar 24, 2020 - 3:46pm

If your business is being forced to close because of COVID-19, the Ontario Provincial Police provides this "to do" list.

Remove all valuables from storefront displays
Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty
Ensure alarm systems are working and all contact lists are up-to-date
Post on doors/windows that the premises are monitored by an alarm company and that no money is kept on the premises. Include the 1-888-310-1122 number to call the OPP should anyone notice a break-in or damage
Clean all windows and floors prior to leaving and note when you've done so (have a log) as this will help investigators should there be a break-in
Consider a surveillance system which can be monitored remotely by phone/online
Consider putting a laminate on all windows/glass to discourage and help prevent easy entry
Keep some lighting on inside to help with video surveillance and consider lighting on timers if possible
Ensure all doors and windows are locked and secure
Ensure all exterior lighting is functioning and on - consider motion sensor lights as another option
Remove anything on the exterior which could be used to gain entry to your premises (bricks, ladders, poles, construction materials)
Regularly check the building and keep track of when you check (have a log) but go at different times
Like your home, if it looks cared for and looks like someone is home or around regularly, thieves will move on to other locations

Hydro break

publisher Mar 24, 2020 - 1:54pm

Province suspending time-of-use rates for 45 days

For a 45-day period, the government is working to suspend time-of-use electricity rates, holding electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 10.1 cents-per-kilowatt-hour. This reduced price will be available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to all time-of-use customers, who make up the majority of electricity consumers in the province. By switching to a fixed off-peak rate, time-of-use customers will see rate reductions of over 50 per cent compared to on-peak rates.

To deliver savings as quickly and conveniently as possible, this discount will be applied automatically to electricity bills without the need for customers to fill out an application form.

Third COVID-19 case

publisher Mar 22, 2020 - 3:15pm

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), has confirmed a third positive case of COVID-19 in the EOHU area. The individual in their 30’s is from Prescott-Russell and does not have a history of travel. Investigations are still underway.

Following testing at an Ottawa assessment centre, the individual returned home where they remain in self-isolation, following Public Health direction. The individual’s close family contacts are also in self-isolation.

The individual is a healthcare worker at The Ottawa Hospital. Ottawa Public Health and The Ottawa Hospital have been actively engaged in the investigation and contact tracing of individuals or patients who may have been in close contact with the healthcare worker at the hospital. The EOHU has been investigating and tracing contacts in the EOHU region. The investigation is ongoing.

The EOHU is reminding residents of the importance of staying at home in order to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. It is also recommending the following:

•    Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
•    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
•    Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
•    Practise social distancing: do your best to keep at least 2 metres away from others
•    Stay/work at home as much as possible and avoid non-essential outings
•    Stay at home if you are sick 
•    If you are over the age of 70, stay at home unless absolutely necessary

Testing centre in Hawkesbury; home service

publisher Mar 21, 2020 - 10:54am
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is collaborating with local EMS to implement a special Community Paramedic Program in preparation for the potential increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. The new program aims to provide faster access to testing and assessments for individuals who are at higher risk, such as seniors and people with underlying health conditions, while reducing the strain on 911 services and hospital emergency rooms. Assessing and testing higher-risk individuals at home will also help reduce the possibility of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, as well as the larger community.

“With an increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario and across Canada, we anticipate that there will be a growing need for COVID-19 testing and assessments in our community as well,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “We’re hoping that a mobile testing/assessment service will help reduce the number of people calling 911 and visiting hospital emergency rooms, unless they require urgent care.”

In-home testing/assessments will only be offered to more vulnerable individuals who meet the Ministry of Health’s criteria. Residents who think they have COVID-19 symptoms and who are age 70 or older, or who have compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120. They should not call EMS or 911 unless they have severe symptoms and require urgent care.

Public health nurses are staffing the EOHU phone line 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will assess symptoms and provide instructions to callers. These could include recommendations to self-monitor, self-isolate or seek medical care.

Based on the telephone assessment, if testing may be required for an individual at higher risk, the EOHU will coordinate with the Community Paramedic Program to send a paramedic to the individual’s home to conduct an assessment and if needed, a COVID-19 test.

At the same time, the EOHU, in partnership with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, is opening a COVID-19 testing and assessment centre in Hawkesbury March 23.

The centre at 750 Laurier S. will be open Monday through Friday each week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The aim of the testing/assessment centre is to increase access to COVID-19 testing and medical assessments for EOHU area residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS and hospital emergency rooms so that they can focus on urgent care,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “It will also reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, helping us to protect healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection.”

Testing/Assessment Centre limited to people with moderate, worsening (but non-severe) symptoms

The EOHU stresses that not everyone who is concerned that they may have COVID-19 should go to the testing/assessment centre. Only people who have worsening, but not severe, COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough) should go to the centre for testing and/or assessment. Not everyone may be tested; the decision to test will be based on symptoms, travel history, and contact history.

Residents with mild symptoms that can be managed at home should not show up at the centre as they will not be tested or assessed. Residents who have symptoms and are age 70 or over, or who have chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.

For additional details, visit

“HGH is grateful for this partnership with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. This COVID-19 Assessment Centre will help protect our patients, their families, our employees and our physicians,” states Dr. Julie Maranda, Chief of Staff at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. “The hope is we can stay ahead of the game and prevent the spread of the virus as much as possible.”

Additional testing/assessment centres are expected to open in the region soon. The EOHU will notify the public when these centres become available.


Doctors petition government

publisher Mar 19, 2020 - 1:35pm

Doctors petition government

Dr. Melissa Yuan-Innes has started a petition urging the federal government to assure health care professionals have personal protective equipment.

The petition reads:
"Our front line health care workers are already running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, and gowns. We also need access to hoods, face shields, goggles, and other protective equipment. There is a critical shortage of COVID-19 test kits, ventilators, hand sanitizer, and medications that might treat COVID-19 patients.

This is unacceptably dangerous for health care workers and, in turn, the public.

We understand the shortage is because many items were manufactured in China and Italy and that there is a global shortage.

We urge you to mount a war-like effort to

1. Repurpose factories and skilled workers now to manufacture these items domestically and prioritize distribution to health care workers, who are not only human beings with their own hopes and dreams, but offer irreplaceable skills during a pandemic;

2. Call on individuals to donate sealed items that they have stockpiled to hospitals and clinics, and educate them about scarcity;

3. Research how we can reuse existing stock more safely in the face of COVID-19 with bleach, UV light, or other techniques, and the possibility of reusable cloth masks or gowns;

4. Liberate any stockpiled PPE from the SARS epidemic. Many of us would be willing to sign waivers and use expired PPE rather than nothing;

5. Buy any possible stock from China and other countries;

6. Expand COVID-19 testing capabilities and treatment facilities;

7. Repurpose distilleries to manufacture hand sanitizer; and

8. Manufacture chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), and anti-virals that could potentially treat COVID-19 patients but are currently backordered and unavailable.

In the meantime, it would help our efforts greatly if you legislated every individual to self-isolate."



publisher Mar 19, 2020 - 1:14pm

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Second positive case of COVID-19

publisher Mar 19, 2020 - 8:02am

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), has confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in the EOHU area. The male in his 60s is from Prescott-Russell, and was tested March 14.

Following testing, the individual was discharged home where he remains in self-isolation.

The individual experienced mild symptoms of fever, cough, headache and generalized aches and pain. Late in the day on March 17, the individual’s test came back positive for COVID-19.
While the public health investigation is ongoing, it is known that the individual returned from a trip to the United Kingdom March 11 and developed symptoms later that day. The EOHU is actively engaged in the process of contact tracing for other individuals who may have been in close contact with the man.
“Having another confirmed case in our area is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus around the world,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “This case is also imported from outside of Canada. Our current containment process aims to identify and isolate individuals to limit the spread into our community and it is working.”
Dr. Roumeliotis adds that at this point, there is no evidence of local community spread, and the risk remains low for the region. “We will continue to work collectively through personal hygiene precautions and community-based public health measures in keeping with the provincial government’s declaration of a State of Emergency in Ontario.” He adds that these measures may expand, depending on circumstances. At this time, measures include social distancing, limits on mass gatherings, closure of public and private schools, licensed daycares, churches, public libraries and many businesses such as gyms, cinemas, dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs. For a full list of closures, visit
The EOHU continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health, local hospitals, healthcare providers, as well as provincial and national partners to monitor, detect and contain any cases of COVID-19 in the community.
To reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19, the EOHU recommends that you:
Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
Practise social distancing; do your best to keep at least 2 metres away from others
Stay/work at home as much as possible and avoid non-essential outings
Stay at home if you are sick
If you are over the age of 70, stay at home unless absolutely necessary

First COVID-19 death in Ontario

publisher Mar 17, 2020 - 3:16pm

Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued the following statement in response to a death in Ontario potentially related to COVID-19:

"It brings me great sadness to report a death in Ontario that is potentially related to COVID-19.

The individual was a 77-year old man who passed away on March 11 at the Royal Victoria Hospital. This individual was a close contact of a positive case andCOVID-19 was recently identified after death. The coroner's investigation is ongoing and more will be known about the specific cause of death in the days ahead.

I know all Ontario families join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to his friends, family and loved ones. I would also like to thank all the staff who provided him excellent care.

This death is further evidence of the increasingly seriousness of the situation we are in, which is why the province has been taking decisive steps to manage the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario. Earlier today, the Ontario government enacted a declaration of emergency closing all facilities providing indoor recreational programs, public libraries, private schools, licensed child care centres, theatres, cinemas, concert venues and bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery. These closures are effective immediately.

The declaration also prohibits organized public events of over 50 people, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship until March 31.

It is now more important than ever that we all take steps to reduce opportunities for transmission. By working together, we can make a different in this outbreak and protect those among us who are most vulnerable to COVID-19."

There are now 180 positive cases in the province.

Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

State of emergency

publisher Mar 17, 2020 - 12:20pm

The Ontario government has declared a state of emergency, officially forcing the closure of many public facilities, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

"We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Doug Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and wellbeing of every Ontarian must be our number one priority."

The following establishments are legally required to close immediately:
All facilities providing indoor recreational programs; public libraries; private schools; all child care centres;
bars and restaurants, except to the extent that such facilities provide takeout food and delivery; all theatres and concert venues.

Further, all organized public events of over fifty people are also prohibited, including parades and events and communal services within places of worship.

These orders will remain in place until March 31, at which point they will be reassessed and considered for extension, unless this order is terminated earlier.


EOHU recommends closures

publisher Mar 17, 2020 - 8:01am

In alignment with provincial and federal governments, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), is strongly recommending the temporary closure of the following types of establishments to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective as of March 18 and until further notice:
Churches and other places of worship
Daycare centres
Dine-in restaurants
Private schools
Recreation centres
Businesses that provide food takeout and delivery options are encouraged to continue providing their services to the public, as these options will help limit social interactions between people.
Along with these measures, the EOHU is advising people not to gather in groups larger than 50. “These measures are an unprecedented step to protect the health and safety of all residents in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Prescott and Russell, and the City of Cornwall,” says Dr. Roumeliotis. “Adopting social distancing measures will help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and protect the most vulnerable residents, including seniors and people with pre-existing health conditions.”
The EOHU is also recommending that people stay home when possible and avoid non-essential outings. “Staying home will help protect your health and that of your loved ones,” says Dr. Roumeliotis, adding that “it will also help ensure that healthcare professionals can focus their efforts on those who need it most.”
Avoid Non-Essential Travel
In addition to the measures above, the EOHU is reminding the public to avoid non-essential international travel. Residents who have travelled outside of Canada must also self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
For more information about COVID-19, please consult and Ontario’s website at, where you’ll find the new self-assessment tool.