The news followed an announcement that the province recorded the highest daily number of new cases since the pandemic began, with 700 reported on Monday morning, September 28. Of the 10 new local infections over the weekend, six were reported in Prescott-Russell, three in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and one in Cornwall.
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An outbreak was also declared at the Résidence L’Erabliere retirement home in Limoges after one asymptomatic individual tested positive.
The region has reported 263 new cases since the pandemic began, including 55 active and 196 resolved cases. Two patients are in hospital, but neither is in intensive care.
Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) chief medical officer Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the region and wider province were experiencing “Labour Day fallout,” after large gatherings and extended contact after the long weekend. He said social distancing and limited contact would be critical in the coming weeks to prevent the cases from skyrocketing.
“Until we have a vaccine, we will be going up and down,” he said. “But right now, we can put the cases down to an undulating wave rather than a tsunami.”
The temporary COVID-19 testing centre at the Calypso parking lot in Limoges experienced steady demand since opening on Thursday. Opened to relieve pressure on the nearby testing centre at Casselman, the centre conducted 138 tests during its first four hours of operation, while 637 were conducted on Sunday.
Dr. Roumeliotis said the hospitalizations and intensive care cases across the province were far lower than during comparable rates of COVID-19 positive cases back in March and April.
There were no immediate plans to limit interprovincial travel while Quebec faced a renewed rise in cases, but Dr. Roumeliotis advised against any unnecessary cross-border trips.