Nine new COVID cases since Friday, one at Opeongo High School

Opeongo High School (RCDSB)

Nine new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Renfrew County since Friday including one infection in a student at Opeongo High School. 

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit and The Renfrew County District School Board both said one class of students and a number of staff at the school in Douglas have been ordered to self-isolate. 

The school does remain open and the health unit said it was working with the school board to follow-up on close contacts and that proper COVID-19 measures continue to be in place. 

Of the nine cases reported in RCDHU since Friday, six have been in the Renfrew-area, two in the Pembroke-area and one in Arnprior. There are 12 active cases of the virus in the region and one person remains in hospital. 

With a spike in cases amid a second wave of the virus province-wide, The Health Unit is once again asking residents to follow public health measures, calling it “critical.”

“Everyone must do their part to stay home if they are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, limit their social activities, practice physical distancing, wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash their hands, use the COVID Alert App, and complete the daily screening before going to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance.” 

As of Sunday morning, Renfrew County had reported 87 total cases since the pandemic began and one death from the virus, while 74 cases are listed as resolved.