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June 18, 2021 – RCDHU Shares Good News for Renfrew County and District and Meets Important Milestone in the Fight Against COVID-19

June 18, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is reporting good news for the residents of Renfrew County and District (RCD) in the fight against COVID-19. As of June 17, 2021, 70% of all RCDHU residents aged 18 and over, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Specifically, 54% of residents aged 18 and over, have received one dose and another 16% have now received two doses

June 10, 2021 – Blue-Green Algae

June 10, 2021 ‐ Warmer temperatures are here, and along with the warmer water temperatures comes algae blooms. Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is advising residents living around or using lakes and rivers for recreational purposes, to take precautions when using the water if algae blooms are present.

June 7, 2021 – RCDHU Warns to Take Precautions During High Heat and Humidity

June 7, 2021 ‐ An extreme heat event has been issued for Renfrew County and District (RCD), with expected maximum temperatures ranging from 31°C - 33°C (Humidex 38°C - 40°C) both Monday, June 7th and Tuesday, June 8th. It is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event. Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related illness, however older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic health conditions, people who work or exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners are at greatest risk.

May 28, 2021 – Province Shortening Interval Between COVID-19 Vaccination Doses

May 28, 2021 ‐ Today, the Ontario Government announced that the province is shortening the interval between first and second COVID-19 vaccination doses as 65% of Ontarians aged 18 and over have now received their first dose. The timing of second dose appointments may vary based on local considerations, vaccine supply and the date of first dose appointment.

May 27, 2021 – RCDHU Confirms Bat Tests Positive for the Rabies Virus

May 27, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) received confirmation of rabies in a bat collected from a resident in the Town of Renfrew. Rabies is a virus that is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite. This virus attacks the central nervous system causing involuntary muscle spasms, and if left untreated results in death.

May 27, 2021 – RCDHU Issues Advisory to RCD Residents Related to COVID-19 Outbreak at Northern Iron Mine

May 27, 2021 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is issuing an advisory to any individuals who have arrived in Renfrew County and District (RCD) from the Mary River Mine site in Nunavut of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation since April 30, 2021, to immediately self-isolate and notify RCDHU at 613-732-3629 extension 977 or 1-800-267-1097.

May 27, 2021 – RCDHU Continues to Protect Workers and the Public Through Enforcement of the Reopening Ontario Act

May 27, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is informing the public that it has issued a Section 22 Order to Olmstead’s Home Hardware in Cobden, for not adhering to requirements set out in Regulation 82/20 under the Reopening Ontario Act. After several attempts by RCDHU to rectify non-compliance, Olmstead’s Home Hardware must immediately close the business to indoor traffic, allowing curbside pick-up, delivery or online services only.

May 26, 2021 – RCDHU is issuing an advisory for potential COVID-19 exposure

May 26, 2021 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirms one positive laboratoryconfirmed 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 locations: • 100 Maple Avenue, North (Pembroke): Monday, May 10, 2021 to Tuesday, May 25, 2021. • 102 Maple Avenue, North (Pembroke): Monday, May 10, 2021 to Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

May 20, 2021 – Provincial Government Releases a Three-Step Roadmap to Reopening Ontario

May 20, 2021 ‐ Today, the Ontario Government released a three-step Roadmap to Reopen the province safely and gradually based on provincial vaccination rates and other key public health and healthcare measures.

May 11, 2021 – Renfrew County Hospitals Remain Open and Safe for All Who Need Care

May 11, 2021 ‐ Despite increased numbers in hospitalizations for COVID-positive patients in Renfrew County and District (RCD), strict safety procedures are ensuring that our region’s hospitals remain safe for all who need hospital-based health care.

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