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Three new COVID-19 cases; seven active in Hastings Prince Edward region

OCT 30: Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health has reported three new coronavirus cases in the region. There are now seven active cases.

Cases number 76 and 77 are linked to close contact, in Quinte West, while number 78, (since March) in Belleville, still pending.

There are four cases in Quinte West, two in Belleville and one in Centre Hastings.

OCT 26: Two new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Friday, Oct. 23 were reported by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health on Monday.

Cases number 74 and 75 are listed as transmission by close contact. There are now eight active cases – four in Belleville, three in Quinte West and one in Centre Hastings.

Since last March, there have been 62 recoveries and five deaths (nursing homes).

There were 851 new cases reported in Ontario Today, a drop from 1,042 infections confirmed Sunday. The majority of cases are in Ontario’s four hostspots – Toronto, Peel, York and and Ottawa. There have been six new coronavirus related deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in the province to 3,099.

OCT 21: Three new positive cases of COVID-19 are being reported by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Wednesday, Oct. 21 – in Quinte West, Central Hastings and Belleville. Transmission causes for the cases, numbered 71-73, are pending. There are now 10 active cases – six in Belleville and one each in Quinte West, Central Hastings, North Hastings and Tyendinaga/Deseronto area.

OCT 20: COVID-19 case number 70, posted Oct. 20 in Belleville, has been deemed transmitted by close contact by the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. There are now seven active, lab-confirmed cases, 58 recoveries, and five related deaths, reported in the spring.

OCT 19: One new case of COVID-19 in Belleville was documented Saturday on the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard.

Case number 66, posted Oct. 17, is deemed to be a local transmission. Cases 65 and 64 posted Oct. 15 were attributed to close contact and travel, while case 63 Oct. 10 is considered local transmission.

There are now four active cases.

Following a one-day drop, Ontario has recorded 704 new infections Monday, after noting 658 coronavirus cases for Sunday. Four new COVID-19 related deaths bring the provincial toll to 3,050.

A record number of cases in Ontario was filed Oct. 9 with 939 new infections in this second wave of the pandemic. The four COVID-19 hotspots are Ottawa, Toronto, Peel and York regions.

OCT 16: Two new positive COVID-19 cases were recorded for Belleville and the Tyendinaga/Deseronto region.

Cases number 65 and 64 were posted Thursday, Oct. 15 by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health with transmissions noted as close contact, and travel.

There are no cases in Prince Edward County.

There are currently four active cases in the region. There have been nine cases recorded in October; seven in September, five in August.

OCT 9: UPDATE: While new COVID-19 case number 61 was confirmed in Belleville Oct. 8, (transmission cause pending) two recoveries have dropped the number of active cases to six.

OCT 5: UPDATE: Hastings Prince Edward Health has confirmed cases 59 and 60 Oct. 2 (in Hastings) and Oct. 3 (in Quinte West), citing close contact, and local transmission.

There are now eight lab-confirmed cases – seven in less than seven days and one between eight and 14 days. Of the case load there have been 47 recovered and five deaths.

OCT 3: Two more cases confirmed by Hastings Prince Edward District Public Health, Thursday, Oct. 1, brings the region to six active cases. These are indicated to be in Quinte West.

Cases number 58 and 57 are attributed to travel, and local transmission. They follow two cases Sept. 29 attributed to travel and one case Sept. 28 related to local transmission. Case number 53 Sept. 24 was deemed to be transmitted by close contact.

“This second wave is not unexpected,” said Dr. Piotr Oglaza, HPE Medical Officer of Health.

“We have been very fortunate to see very few cases in our region over the summer months, and I would like to express my appreciation to community members for the steps they have taken to help prevent the spread locally.”

He calls on people to continue to remain vigilant and redouble efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the second wave.

“As we begin to see more cases locally, there is an increase of potential exposure for all residents. We expect that we will see additional cases in our catchment area over the coming weeks, and we have confirmed local transmission in our region over the past few days. The pandemic is not over, and we must all remain vigilant about the steps we can take to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

He recommends residents stay within their local area and consider postponing visits from friends or relatives that live outside of the region;
-Wear a face covering in situations where physical distancing may not be possible;
-Be diligent with social distancing and hand washing efforts;
-Comply with restrictions on social gatherings;
-Reduce your social circle and avoid close contact with anyone outside of your social circle;
-Stay home if you feel unwell;
-Get tested if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19.

“Right now, our system has the capacity to respond to any cases or violations of current restrictions efficiently, which helps us protect our entire community and those who are most at risk. It will take a continued effort on the part of all of us to ensure this capacity continues.”

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott also stated Friday the government is asking people to keep their gatherings small, to immediate household, as much as possible. While Ontario pauses the concept of social circles, private gathering size limits remain at 10 indoors and 25 outdoors.

The government also implemented a mandatory mask order for indoor public settings, including businesses, facilities and workplaces.

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  1. Greg says:

    Meanwhile I passed the chip truck across from the Quinte Wellness Centre at 11:30 and saw about 4 dozen students (primarily from St. Teresa’s) clumped together in close, non-socially distanced proximity, with minimal masking as multiple cohorts mixed. Despite City of Belleville vehicle(s) being in the area, and it being a frequented stretch of road by Belleville Police, nothing seemed to be done about it.

  2. katie says:

    I am so disappointed in PEC choosing tourism over there local loyalist empire residents. I witnessed the change this summer because of COVID. Why are air B&Bs allowed to make money during this time? Why can they still come? Does my safety not matter, compared to a tourism economy? We are a resilient community that should not be putting profit over others’ well-being. If you can’t make the mortgage payment without renting to locals, then sell. Morals, values and beliefs are put to the test when choosing greed over residents’ rights and pushing us out. Today I am crying because my voice lands on deaf ears.

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