The measure was extended by another two weeks last week as COVID-19 case numbers and intensive care admissions remained high across the province. Border checkpoints will remain between Ontario and Quebec, including local crossings of the Ottawa River and the Highway 417-Autoroute 40 border.
Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis was among a number of health professionals who previously called for the lockdown to be extended at least beyond the Victoria Day long weekend. Previous spikes across the province had been attributed to gatherings during other long weekends, such as Easter and Labour Day.
“I think it’ll be enough time for our area and many eastern Ontario health areas,” he said of the extension. “It may not be enough time for Toronto. If the government goes in a regional approach like they did last year, we might open before others.”
The EOHU reported relatively few cases over the weekend, keeping the active case count below 200. As of Monday, 178 cases were active in the region, while 30 new cases were reported between Friday and Sunday. Six of those new cases were in Prescott-Russell, 13 were in Cornwall, and 11 were in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The majority of the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry cases appeared to be linked to a workplace outbreak.
Two institutional outbreaks – both in Prescott-Russell – were active in the EOHU region as of Monday. Rockland Manor and Residence St-Mathieu in Hammond reported mostly staff cases.
Of the 178 cases active in the EOHU on Monday, 67 were in Prescott-Russell communities, including 23 in Clarence-Rockland, 16 in Russell, 10 in Alfred-Plantagenet, 9 in Hawkesbury, 4 in The Nation, 3 in East Hawkesbury, and one each in Casselman and Champlain.