Man in his 30s is latest COVID-19 case in Eastern Ontario Health Unit jurisdiction; healthcare worker in Ottawa

Works at The Ottawa Hospital

EASTERN ONTARIO — In a not-unexpected development, a new case of COVID-19 has popped up in the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) this weekend — a Prescott-Russell man in his 30’s, with no history of travel, employed as a healthcare worker at The Ottawa Hospital.

It’s the third case in the EOHU region but the first unconnected to international travel. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reports that Ottawa Public Health and the Hospital continue to investigate, which includes “tracing of individuals or patients who may have been in close contact” with the man.

The infected individual and his “close family contacts” are now in self-isolation.

His case follows two other Prescott-Russell residents who tested positive following their return home from trips out of country.

The EOHU is reminding residents of the importance of staying at home in order to reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. Its related recommendations include:

• 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 two 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

Ontario has so far posted 413 confirmed cases of the sickness, with eight recoveries and three deaths to date.

This article has been updated to include new information from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

 

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