Rise in COVID-19 Cases Moves Renfrew County and District to Yellow


Renfrew County and area is moving into the Yellow-Protect Category effective Monday, March 8 at 12:01 a.m.
The move was announced today (Friday) by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) after the number of new cases continued to rise.
While case numbers were low during the first half of February, with nine cases reported between February 1 to 14, some 36 cases were reported during the second half of the month (February 15 to 28), and an additional 13 cases so far in March.
“This rise in cases is a stark reminder of the importance in adhering to public health guidelines – celebrating with only members of our immediate households, staying home from work, school or daycare if we are sick, practicing physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, and washing our hands,” Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, said.
“As the COVID-19 variants of concern continue to spread in other regions across Ontario, we need to remember we are all in this together and I would urge everyone of us to remain vigilant so that we can keep our local economy open, our kids in school, and our residents employed.” Dr. Cushman said he was thankful Barry’s Bay and area is no longer a COVID-19 ‘hotspot’, with zero active cases currently.
With this shift to yellow, the public can find a further breakdown of cases by municipality in the RCDHU COVID-19 Case Summary and more details for the Yellow-Protect category can be found in Rules For Areas in Stage 3.
Dr. Cushman said it is imperative everyone do their part to stay home if they are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, use the COVID Alert App, and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool or COVID-19 school and child care self-assessment tool daily if you go to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance.
For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-2/ or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.