15 active COVID cases in Renfrew County, self-isolation order in effect


Renfrew County has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 since Friday and had six patients recover from the virus. 

There are 15 active cases of the virus in the area as of Monday morning with no patients in hospital. 

The updated numbers come after Acting Medical Officer of Health for Renfrew County announced Friday fines were now possible for those who don't follow self-isolation guidelines. 

Dr. Robert Cushman enacted what's called a Section 22 order, meaning those who don't follow quarantine orders could face fines up to $5,000 per day, as he said it was a tool to help slow the community spread of COVID-19. 

"It is clear, that COVID-19 is present in RCD, and as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, there continues to be increased risk of outbreaks in settings such as schools, workplaces and long-term care and retirement homes, which impacts all residents living within RCD," Cushman said in a statement. 

"We cannot stress enough, how important it is, that everyone 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 COVID19 self-assessment tool or COVID-19 school and child care self-assessment tool daily if you go to work, school or daycare, to monitor for symptoms and proper guidance." 

The order is for those who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have new or worsening symptoms, as well as those awaiting test results or who have been in direct contact with someone who has COVID-19. Residents are asked to contact the Renfrew County VIrtual Triage and Assessment Centre if they have questions about testing. 

The order has been issued in a number of municipalities including the City of Ottawa.