Health Unit: No concerns of COVID-19 exposure in Deep River

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit is reassuring residents who've been concerned about possible COVID-19 exposure at a Deep River thrift store. 

The Health Unit confirmed a positive case of the virus in Deep River earlier this week and officials have received a number of concerns about the infected person and visits to The Whistle Stop earlier in the month. They say all of the patient's contacts have been tested and all of those test results have come back negative, which is the protocol for all cases. 

Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Renfrew County said in a statement that it's actually good news that officials were able to do such thorough 'contact tracing.'

"This latest case is an example of where excellent public health practices have prevented further transmission of COVID-19," he said. 

"As we continue to re-open the province, I cannot stress enough that it is everyone’s responsibility to practice physical distancing and to wear a mask [or[ face covering while in enclosed public spaces."

Renfrew County currently has three active cases of the virus diagnosed in the past week, two in the Petawawa-area and one in Deep River, with all patients in self-isolation at home. 

The Health Unit urges residents who experience COVID-19 symptoms to arrange to get tested immediately with more information on testing locations available on its website.

-An earlier version of this story referred to the Whistle Stop as a diner. We apologize for the error.