The tri-county area saw two new positive COVID-19 cases Tuesday, adding to the one new case added to the regional tally the day before.
The latest health unit count, reported Wednesday based on figures gleaned at 4 p.m. the previous day, grew the list of active cases to 16.
Since the pandemic began, the local health unit has reported 480 cases of the virus. A total of 411 people have since recovered while 53 have died.
Meanwhile, provincial data has revealed the case at South Branch Elementary School is a staff member.
The Kemptville school first reported the positive case over the weekend when all “high-risk contacts” of the individual who tested positive were told to self-isolate, monitor for symptoms, and get tested.
As of Wednesday, an outbreak had not been declared at the school as the case count remained at one. The Upper Canada District School Board said the situation is being closely monitored and no change to the school schedule or daily operations has been required.
According to the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, an outbreak is defined as “two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases” at the school that can reasonably be linked to each other.
South Branch remains the only school in the local health unit catchment area to have a case of the virus. According to the province, there are three other cases being reported throughout the Upper Canada board, but they’re all at schools in Cornwall.
Of the 16 people listed as active cases in the tri-county area, three remained in hospital battling the virus, two of whom remained in intensive care. One of the people in the ICU was also still on a ventilator.
It is not known which hospital or hospitals the patients were admitted to, but the Brockville General Hospital says it currently has no COVID-19 patients.
For the first time in recent local counts, one of the cases in the region was among a health-care worker, the health unit reported.
The other 15 cases were among people in the community at large. None of the active cases were long-term care or retirement home residents. The outbreaks at Brockville’s St. Lawrence Lodge and Wedgewood Retirement Home, along with Stoneridge Manor in Carleton Place, have all officially been cleared.
The active virus cases continued to be concentrated in Eastern Lanark and the Grenville region, which are closer to Ottawa, a provincial COVID hotspot. Lanark East, which includes Smiths Falls and Carleton Place, had five active cases while Grenville, where Kemptville is located, had nine.
There are also two active cases in western Leeds.
(With files from Ronald Zajac)