Four new COVID cases, residents asked to only get tested if needed


Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Tri-County area on Wednesday as the area's top doctor asks residents to only get a test if they need one. 

The four new cases were identified in two females and one male, while information on the fourth case was not available. 

Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, said testing continues to be in high demand at local assessment centres, so she asks residents to only get a test if they need it.

"Don't go there unless you have symptoms or public health has told you you're a contact and need to be tested," Stewart said, adding residents should also get tested if the COVID-Alert app has told them to or those looking to visit a high-risk environment like a long-term care home. 

Testing capacity continues to improve, Stewart said, with mobile pop-up testing sites proving successful so far at keeping people away from main the area's main assessment centres. 

A drive-thru site will be in Portland at Kin Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, while another clinic is being held in Perth on Friday. 

Anyone attending the clinics, put on by local paramedics, is asked to bring a mask and their health card and driver’s license.