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January 21, 2021 – The State of COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District

January 21, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is reporting that of the 297 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Renfrew County and District (RCD), 290 people have recovered. Sadly, RCDHU is also confirming the second COVID-19 related death in RCD since the pandemic began.

January 12, 2021 – RCDHU Update – COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out

January 12, 2021 ‐ “RCDHU has been advised that we can expect to receive Pfizer and/or Moderna vaccines in early February, but there has been no confirmation of the number of doses,” states Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, RCDHU. Although the COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available in Renfrew County and District (RCD), Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is leading the development and implementation of the local COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out Plan. RCDHU has been contacting community partners including long-term care/retirement homes, hospitals, primary care, paramedics, and Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (VTAC), to involve them in the local planning and implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.

January 12, 2021 – RCDHU Declares Four COVID-19 Outbreaks Over

January 12, 2021 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is informing the public that the following four COVID-19 outbreaks are over: Whitewater Region Community, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Miramichi Lodge, and the Esthetician Workplace in Petawawa.

January 3, 2021 – RCDHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak at an Esthetician Workplace in Petawawa

January 3, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is confirming that a staff member and two clients tested positive for COVID-19 at an esthetician workplace in Petawawa. Two confirmed cases that are linked within the organization meets the provincial guideline for the declaration of a workplace outbreak. RCDHU is working closely with the workplace to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and the public.

December 30, 2020 – RCDHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak Over at Pembroke Dental Office

December 30, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is declaring the COVID-19 outbreak at a Pembroke dental office over, effective December 30th, 2020. RCDHU is confirming that no additional positive tests among staff or close contacts at the office were received.

December 27, 2020 – RCDHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak at Algonquin College-Pembroke Campus Over

December 27, 2020 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is declaring the COVID-19 outbreak at Algonquin College – Pembroke Campus over, effective Saturday evening, December 26th, 2020. RCDHU is confirming that no additional positive tests among students, staff, or close contacts at Algonquin College were received.

December 24, 2020 – RCDHU Update on Food Safety for Public Events

December 24, 2020 ‐ There has been a recent report to the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) of a food related event that was going to occur in the Arnprior area involving the serving of pre-cooked turkeys prepared at a private residence. A food safety investigation was conducted by a public health inspector. The investigation revealed that this event was not approved by the Health Unit and the food had not been prepared in accordance with safe food handling practices, creating a potential health hazard.

December 22, 2020 – RCDHU Issues Tickets for Not Adhering to Section 22 Order for Self-Isolation

December 22, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is informing the public that two tickets in the amount of $875.00 each, have been issued to residents for not adhering to the Section 22 Order put in place on Friday, October 30th, by Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU).

December 22, 2020 – RCDHU Confirms One Staff Member and One Student Test Positive For COVID-19

December 22, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is confirming that a staff member at Valour JK-12 School in Petawawa, and a student at Champlain Discovery Public School in Pembroke, have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

December 21, 2020 – RCDHU Update Regarding Provincewide Shutdown

December 21, 2020 ‐ Today, the Ontario Government announced the implementation of a provincewide shutdown, effective Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The provincewide shutdown is divided by Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario; Renfrew County and District (RCD) is considered part of Southern Ontario.

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