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December 20, 2020 – RCDHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak at Pembroke Dental Office

December 20, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is confirming that three staff tested positive for COVID-19 at a Pembroke dental office. 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 Pembroke dental office to ensure necessary measures continue to be in place to protect all staff and the public.

December 17, 2020 – RCDHU Confirms a Staff Member at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Tests Positive For COVID-19

December 17, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) in collaboration with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB), is confirming that a staff member at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Petawawa, 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 go home immediately to self-isolate and arrange for testing. The school remains open to in-person learning for all other students and staff.

December 15, 2020 – RCDHU Update on COVID-19 Outbreak in Whitewater Region

December 15, 2020 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) would like to report that the significant outbreak in the Whitewater Region community is coming to a close. Today and yesterday, 44 of the 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases have completed the two-week isolation period. Fortunately, there was no serious illness requiring hospitalization amongst the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19.

December 13, 2020 – RCDHU Confirms a Student at Algonquin College – Pembroke Campus Tests Positive for COVID-19

December 13, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is confirming that a student linked to the current outbreak at Algonquin College – Pembroke Campus, has a positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). All staff and students within this cohort were previously deemed high-risk contacts and had already been given direction to self-isolate and get tested

December 11, 2020 – RCDHU Declares COVID-19 Outbreak at Algonquin College – Pembroke Campus

December 11, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is confirming that three staff at Algonquin College Pembroke Campus have tested positive for COVID-19. Only one of these individuals will be added to RCDHU's confirmed cases. The other two individuals will not be reported in RCDHU numbers, as these individuals reside in a jurisdiction outside of Renfrew County and District. All staff and/or students who have been deemed to be close contacts of the positive cases, have been given direction to immediately self-isolate and arrange for testing. Algonquin College - Pembroke Campus remains open for in-person learning and/or operations and has been working collaboratively with the Health Unit to continue operating under its safety protocols that limit face to face services and instruction.

December 11, 2020 – RCDHU Update – More Flu Vaccine Now Available!

December 11, 2020 ‐ Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) appreciates that more residents are recognizing the importance of getting the flu shot, as it is your best defence against getting sick from the flu.

December 11, 2020 – RCDHU Releases COVID-19 Travel Advisory and Safe Holiday Guidance

December 11, 2020 ‐ This holiday season we all must work together to protect one another by making safe choices. This means that when planning, it is important to assess the level of risk associated with any activity, and to adhere to all measures set out in Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.

December 10, 2020 – RCDHU Confirms a Staff Linked to Three Schools Tests Positive For COVID-19

December 11, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) in collaboration with the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), is confirming that one staff member linked to three schools; Opeongo High School, Madawaska Valley District High School, and Sherwood Public School, 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 go home immediately to self-isolate and arrange for testing. The schools remain open to in-person learning for all other students and staff.

December 4, 2020 – One Individual Tests Positive For COVID-19 Leading to Potential New Cases

December 4, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is confirming that one individual has received a positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Pembroke and Area. On further investigation, there appears to be spread amongst the members within a single-family household. RCDHU is currently conducting extensive family by family contact tracing within the community to evaluate the spread of COVID-19.

November 27, 2020 – RCDHU Confirms a Student at Renfrew Collegiate Institute Tests Positive for COVID-19

November 27, 2020 ‐ Today, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) in collaboration with the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), is confirming that a student at Renfrew Collegiate Institute in Renfrew, 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 go home immediately to self-isolate and arrange for testing. The school remains open to in-person learning for all other students and staff.

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