Eastern Ontario Health Organizations Concerned About Rising COVID Counts

CORNWALL, Ontario – A letter signed by all hospitals and health units in Eastern Ontario raises concerns about 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 viral signal from COVID-19 sewage is increasing in the region and is reaching record levels in Ottawa. Additionally, the percentage of test positivity in the region is high and increasing, according to regional public health offices,” the joint statement read.

The healthcare professionals who signed the letter recommend the following to help individuals protect themselves and their loved ones:

  1. Get vaccinated with all the doses to which you are entitled.
  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 people:

Champlain Hospital Chiefs of Staff

Almonte General Hospital, Dr. Graeme McKillop

Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital, Dr. Florin Padeanu

Bruyere, 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 and District General Hospital, Dr. Michel Thibodeau

Kemptville District Hospital, Dr. Colin Sentongo

Montfort Hospital, Dr Stéphane Roux

Pembroke Regional Hospital, Dr. Thomas Hurley

Queensway Carleton Hospital, Dr. Kathi Kovacs

Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Dr. Steve Radke

Royal Ottawa Health Services, Dr. Raj Bhatla

St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Dr. Jason Malinowski

The Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Virginia Roth

Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Dr Brian Devin

Eastern Ontario Medical Officers of Health

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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