Continue to observe physical distancing measures this Easter weekend, says Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis urges residents to follow physical distancing etiquette in his daily April 9 media briefing, above.

CORNWALL — The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reminds residents about the importance of maintaining physical distancing measures throughout the Easter holiday weekend period.

“Most residents of Eastern Ontario are doing their part and maintaining physical distancing measures, but we need to continue to take the need for these public health measures seriously” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “Now is a crucial time for us as a community to come together and flatten the curve of infections this pandemic is causing. Collectively, we can help to reduce the spread in our community.”

The EOHU says it is asking residents to maintain physical distancing measures throughout the long weekend and avoid getting together with family and friends to celebrate Easter or Passover.

“I know how hard it is to spend the Easter holidays away from our loved ones,” says Dr. Roumeliotis, “but it is imperative that we continue to maintain physical distancing this long weekend in order to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases.”

This means the public must continue to stay home as much as possible and avoid all non-essential outings.

“Have a happy, virtual Easter,” the doctor said in his daily media briefing yesterday, April 9.

EOHU updating local stats daily on its website

The local health unit updates its website daily by 4 p.m. with the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its coverage area. The information is presented on two graphs, the first showing the number of
confirmed cases per day, based on the onset of symptoms and the second showing s cumulative
total number of confirmed cases. The EOHU says there are plans add more information, including the number of cases in self-isolation, in hospital and those that have been resolved, as well as the age and gender profiles of the cases.

“I want our community to know that there are COVID-19 cases across all of Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry, Prescott and Russell and the City of Cornwall. So, the virus is present throughout the region,” says the doctor. “I can’t stress how important it is for everyone across our region to take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19. We can minimize the effects of this pandemic through our collective efforts.”

Precautionary measures

The EOHU again reiterates that need to observe the following infection prevention measures:

• 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
• Stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others
• Stay home as much as possible

Below, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his team deliver the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic, Good Friday, April 10, 2020.


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