COVID-19 case identified in Alexandria

By Nick Seebruch and Shawna O'Neill
COVID-19 case identified in Alexandria
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This story has been updated with additional information.

ALEXANDRIA, Ontario – According to Ontario’s Ministry of Health, one case of COVID-19 has been detected in Alexandria.

The patient is a woman in her 30s from Prescott Russel who returned from traveling to New York City, N.Y. on Monday, March 9 and developed symptoms two days later.

The case was identified at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital in  North Glengarry Township where the woman presented to the emergency department on Thursday, March 12. She was experiencing mild symptoms of cough as well as generalized aches and pain according to the EOHU.

“The hospital took all necessary precautions and followed standard operating procedures, including infection control, testing and assessment. Following testing, the patient was discharged home where she remains in self-isolation,” read an EOHU press release.

This is the first COVID-19 case in Eastern Ontario. For the province as a whole, there are currently 103 positive cases.

“At this point, we do not have any local community spread and the risk remains low for our region,” states Dr. Roumeliotis. “We will continue to work collectively through personal hygiene precautions and community-based public health measures (such as social distancing, school closures and limiting mass gatherings) to contain the virus as much as possible.”

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