With only three active COVID cases in the entire local health unit, Brockville and region will enter Phase 3 of the reopening on Friday along with the rest of Eastern Ontario.
The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit announced on Monday that it has only two active community COVID-19 cases and one infected health-care worker. The region’s long-term-care homes are now virus-free, according to the health unit’s daily COVID-19 surveillance report.
Monday’s statistics continue a welcome nine-day trend that has seen no new COVID-19 cases since July 4.
Despite the promising trend, which started during June, the health unit’s week-old mandatory mask rule remains in effect to guard against a second wave as businesses reopen.
That reopening was accelerated on Monday as Premier Doug Ford announced that 24 of Ontario’s health regions, including Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, will move to the next stage of reopening on Friday. Ten other health units in and around Toronto and southwestern Ontario will stay at Stage 2.