Concern in Arnprior and area over rising number of COVID cases

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is concerned that over the past week nine individuals Arnprior and five who reside in McNab/Braeside Township have tested positive for COVID-19. There are currently 37 high-risk contacts and six local businesses affected. 

Health unit officials say many of the cases attended the same social gathering, and several others are considered close contacts of those who attended the gathering.

The health unit has directed all persons and businesess impacted to self-monitor and/or self-isolate until exposure and risks have been assessed by the contact tracing team at RCDHU. “This will continue to be followed by further testing and investigation, which could lead to more cases over the coming days,” Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, reported. 

Arnprior Mayor Walter Stack encouraged residents of his town to take the virus seriously and not let their guard down while McNab/Braeside Mayor Tom Peckett said expresses that with the new variants of concern spreading in other regions across Ontario, he wants to ensure everyone is taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep their community, family and friends safe.

RCDHU wants to remind residents that the Section 22 order for Self-Isolation requires all residents of RCD, to immediately begin self-isolation if they: 

• are a confirmed case or probable case of COVID-19;

• have signs and symptoms of COVID-19, have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting the results of their test; 

 • believe they now have one or more symptoms (even mild symptoms) of COVID-19; or • are a close contact of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or are a close contact of a person identified as a probable case of COVID-19.

“RCD has been classified as a Green Zone for weeks now, which will likely change if cases continue to rise,” Dr. Cushman said. “Businesses are finally getting the chance to open again, to employ their workers, and to serve their customers delayed needs. The last thing we want to do is to jeopardize our status and clamp down yet again on the economy, or possibly implement more stringent rules in the Arnprior area.”