Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s fourth COVID-19 case is woman in her 60s, first known example of ‘community spread’

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health.

‘I’m assuming we do have community spread,’ says medical officer of health

EASTERN ONTARIO — The region has its fourth case of COVID-19, a woman in her 60s now in self-isolation who represents the arrival of “community spread,” according to Dr. Paul Roumeliotis.

In his daily briefing with media today, the Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health revealed that she is a resident of Prescott-Russell who had recently been to the west coast.

“We think her contact was … in Vancouver for some meetings,” the doctor said.

The doctor also revealed that he believes community spread has now arrived in the region because the woman’s infection has no traceable source. “I’m saying we have community spread, and I’m assuming we do. And that’s why I’m being aggressive with my measures,” he said.

To date, all positive cases in the EOHU region have been Prescott-Russell residents. An Ottawa Hospital healthcare worker in his 30s became case number three earlier in the weekend and the first who didn’t bring the virus back from international travel.

Listen to the doctor’s March 23, 2020, media briefing, below.



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