COVID-19 variants of concern detected in Renfrew County

COVID-19 variants of concern detected in Renfrew County

OTTAWA – Renfrew County’s senior medical officer warns that the region will soon move from the Yellow-Protect zone to Orange-Restrict now that worrying variants of COVID-19 have been identified in the region.
The health unit confirmed on Sunday that worrying variants had been identified in Renfrew County and District (RCD).

In a statement, Renfrew County and Health District said a third of cases last week were confirmed to be the worrying B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the UK.

“With the worrying increase in the number of cases and now cases related to VOCs in RCD, we will soon turn from yellow to orange and hopefully not into a red zone,” said Dr Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health in Renfrew County.

“We urge everyone to do their part to help stop the spread. ”

The health unit says the first cases of worrying variants can be traced to travel and work outside of Renfrew County, followed by the spread of the community in the area.

The variants of concern spread more easily from person to person and may be associated with changes in both disease severity and death.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and two cases on Sunday. Public Health Ontario on Sunday identified a variant of concern under investigation in Renfrew County.

“Everyone, regardless of symptoms, is encouraged to only go outside for essential reasons and to work remotely when possible,” said Dr Cushman.

“We need to make sure that we take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, to keep our family, friends and residents safe. ”

Starting April 2, there will be new rules for dining at bars and restaurants in Renfrew County in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. The health unit has introduced new rules stating that guests will only be allowed to dine with members of your own household inside or on the patio.


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