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March 3, 2021 – RCDHU Reminder of Mandatory Masking Requirements

March 3, 2021 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) would like to remind residents that the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your immediate household. However, if you do choose to go out, it is imperative that you maintain physical distance, wear a mask/face covering whenever physical distancing is a challenge, and practice proper hand hygiene.

February 28, 2021 – One individual at Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie, pavillon élémentaire tests positive for COVID-19

February 28, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) in collaboration with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), is confirming that an individual at Centre scolaire catholique Jeanne-Lajoie pavillon élémentaire in Pembroke, has a positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). All students and staff who have been deemed to be a close contact of the positive case, have been given direction to remain at home to self-isolate and arrange for testing. The school remains open to in-person learning for all other students and staff.

February 26, 2021 – Concern in Arnprior and Area Over Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases

February 26, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is confirming that over the past week 9 individuals that reside in the Town of Arnprior and 5 individuals that reside in the Township of McNab/Braeside have tested positive for novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). There are currently 37 high-risk contacts and 6 local businesses affected. Many of these cases attended the same social gathering, and several others are considered close contacts of those that attended the gathering.

February 26, 2021 – RCDHU Introduces New Text Notification System for COVID-19 Exposures

February 26, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is introducing a new text notification system to notify contacts of COVID-19 exposures. Renfrew County and District (RCD) residents may receive a standard text message from a Public Health Nurse (PHN) at RCDHU or a virtual assistant notifying them that they may have recently been exposed to COVID-19.

February 22, 2021 – Government Changes the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool

February 22, 2021 ‐ Effective immediately, guidelines for the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool have changed across the province in accordance with provincial guidelines. The Ontario Government is adopting a more rigorous and cautious approach to the provincial screening criteria. This update to the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool has been made in light of the emergence of COVID-19 variants.

February 18, 2021 – Barry’s Bay Area: COVID-19 Hotspot in Renfrew County and District

February 18, 2021 ‐ Since January 1st, 2021, the Barry’s Bay area has had 27 cases of COVID-19 whereas the remainder of Renfrew County and District (RCD) has totalled only 47. This is 36% of all the cases, in an area with only 12% of the total population in RCD.

February 10, 2021 – COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Completed in Renfrew County and District Long-Term Care Homes

February 10, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is reporting good news for residents of Renfrew County and District (RCD) in the fight against COVID-19. All long-term care (LTC) residents in RCD who wanted a vaccine, have received one. To date, RCDHU in collaboration with partners have successfully completed COVID-19 vaccination clinics in all 10 LTC homes and provided first vaccinations to 908 people.

February 8, 2021 – Provincial Stay-at-Home Order in Renfrew County and District over end of day February 10, 2021

February 8, 2021 ‐ Today, the Ontario Government announced that Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), along with two other regions, will be moving back to the COVID-19 Response Framework at the Green-Prevent level on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. As of this date, RCDHU will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.

February 3, 2021 – Update – COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out in Renfrew County and District

February 3, 2021 ‐ As of today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is reporting that 396 people have successfully received COVID-19 Vaccines in Renfrew County and District (RCD). “This is no doubt, an exciting time for the residents of RCD. We want to extend a sincere thank you to our partners for helping in this smooth rollout,” states Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, RCDHU.

January 31, 2021 – RCDHU is issuing an advisory for potential COVID-19 exposures

January 31, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirms one positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Renfrew County and District (RCD) has been linked to possible exposures. RCDHU is issuing an advisory after confirmation that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 visited the following location: • Renfrew Pontiac Livestock (Cobden): Tuesday, January 26, 2021, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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