Eastern Ontario health organizations raise concerns over rising COVID numbers

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Eastern Ontario health organizations raise concerns over rising COVID numbers
Chief of Staff at the Cornwall Community Hospital Dr. Lorne Scharf.

CORNWALL, Ontario – A letter signed by all of the hospitals and health units of Eastern Ontario raise concerns over rising COVID-19 numbers in the face of a sixth wave of the pandemic.

“The level of COVID-19 in the Champlain region is on the rise. The COVID-19 wastewater viral signal is increasing in the region and is at record levels in Ottawa. In addition, test per cent positivity across the region is high and increasing, according to regional public health units,” the joint statement reads.

The medical professionals signed on to the letter recommend the following to help individuals keep themselves and their loved ones safe:

  1. Get vaccinated with all the doses you are eligible for.
  2. Limit your close contacts.
  3. Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
  4. Stay home if you are sick.

The letter was signed by the following:

Champlain Region Hospital Chiefs of Staff



Almonte General Hospital, Dr. Graeme McKillop

Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Florin Padeanu

Bruyère, Dr. Shaun McGuire

Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Allyson Champagne

CHEO, Dr. Lindy Samson

Cornwall Community Hospital, Dr. Lorne Scharf

Deep River District Hospital, Dr. Hanene Ben Amor

Glengarry Memorial Hospital, Dr. Nadia Kucherepa

Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, Dr. Michel Thibodeau

Kemptville District Hospital, Dr. Colin Sentongo

Hôpital Montfort, Dr. Stéphane Roux

Pembroke Regional Hospital, Dr. Thomas Hurley

Queensway Carleton Hospital, Dr. Kathi Kovacs

Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Dr. Steve Radke

Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, Dr. Raj Bhatla

St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jason Malinowski

The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Virginia Roth

Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Brian Devin


Medical Officers of Health within Eastern Ontario


Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa Public Health

Dr. Robert Cushman, Renfrew County and District Health Unit

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Dr. Paula Stewart, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit


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