Masks on as of July 14 says RCDHU

In a media release dated July 9, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) issued its local directive for mandatory masks or face coverings in enclosed public spaces throughout the region, effective Tuesday July 14, 2020. The statement goes on to say the purpose of the directive is a gradual …

New COVID-19 case in Renfrew County provokes exposure warning

Earlier today, July 2, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) confirmed one more positive laboratory-confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Renfrew County and District associated with community spread. A media release received this evening from RCDHU issues an advisory after confirmation that a person who tested positive …

More regions to enter Phase 2 on June 19

Step forward if you’ve been waiting for your region to enter Phase 2 of Ontario’s “reopening” plan … but not if you live in Peel, Toronto, Windsor-Essex. These three regions have not had the go-ahead from Public Health yet. In a media release received June 15,  the Province says that …

Simple guide to Ontario’s new social distancing

Many Ontarians were relieved to learn that the Province is gradually easing the COVID-19 restrictions. But a lot of people are confused by the new rules. Here’s a simple graphic explanation published by the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH).   Social Circles   Social circles are different from social gatherings …

Hospital services to be increased and other news

Today’s healthcare news from our regional hospitals and the province will be welcomed by many Valley residents.  Regional hospitals begin to increase scheduled services A news release from the chiefs of staff of the Champlain Region Hospitals states that the hospitals are taking a safe, coordinated and gradual approach to …

Ontario allows backcountry camping for paddlers, hikers

For Ontarians who want to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe and practicing physical distancing, Ontario announced on Saturday that as of June 1, backcountry camping will be available at Ontario Parks, including access points, paddle and portage routes and hiking trails. Ontario Parks will also be expanding day-use activities …

Emergency orders extended to June 9 in Ontario

The Current reproduces the following Ontario news release received May 27 containing links to all emergency orders, as extended today to June 9: The Ontario government continues to protect the health and safety of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak by extending all emergency orders in force under s.7.0.2 (4) …

Case Summary updated by Renfrew County & District

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) has updated its COVID-19 Case Summary today, Monday May 25, to confirm case numbers from last Friday and test results over the weekend. On May 22 RCDHU confirmed that a resident at Riverview Heights Retirement Residence in Pembroke had tested positive for COVID-19 …

Ontario schools stay closed this academic year

A news release from the Ontario government today announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year. At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening …

Renfrew and area summary lists 23 COVID-19 cases

On May 19 Renfrew County and District Health Unit released an updated COVID-19 Case Summary. The death toll in the area remains at just one, but the number of confirmed cases has now increased to 23. This is up four cases from 5 p.m. Friday as the long weekend began. …