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Renfrew County District Health Unit

Renfrew County and District Health Unit link to website and link to Facebook.


RCDHU Flu Campaign - Flu is Just Around the Corner media release

Oct 6 The RCDHU is working with primary care and community partners to plan and implement a Renfrew County and District Flu Campaign.  Community flu clinics are anticipated to be available late October early November.  Watch the RCDHU website and local media for upcoming information.


RCDHU Update on Ontario Government Introduces Additional Public Health Measures media release


RCDHU Update on the COVID-19 School and Childcare Screening media release


RCDHU Update on COVID-19 Outbreak at Fellows High School media release

Sept 25 Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is declaring the Outbreak at Fellowes High School over, effective September 26th, 2020. RCDHU is confirming that no additional positive tests among students, staff, or close contacts at Fellowes High School were received. Starting Saturday September 26th, students and staff no longer need to self-isolate and classes will resume Monday, September 28th.


RCDHU Update on COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

Sep 22 Yesterday afternoon, the Ontario COVID-19 online self-assessment tool and school selfassessment tool were updated with new guidance. This reflects the evolving information about the spread and impact of COVID-19 across the province. A more targeted approach is now in place, with areas of higher COVID-19 activity having stricter guidance than other areas. Local Public Health units are now able to give more specific advice for their area, based on their local situation.

After carefully reviewing the current state of COVID-19 infections in Renfrew County and District, local guidance has been updated with immediate effect. As a result of these changes, Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), is confirming that:

  1. Household members of symptomatic individuals must self-monitor for any symptoms but do not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms.
  2. Household members of symptomatic individuals can continue to attend school and work with careful attention to physical distancing, masking and hand-washing rules, as long as you have not been identified as a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Symptomatic persons:

  1. Must self-isolate and get tested.
  2. The person with symptoms can go back to school/work when they receive a negative test result, AND it has been 24 hours since symptoms started improving, AND they have not had a fever (without medication) for 24 hours.
  3. If they were not tested, they should self-isolate for 14 days, unless all the following apply:
    • A health care provider diagnosed them with another illness,
    • They do not have a fever (without using medication),
    • It has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms started improving (if they had symptoms).

Dr. Cushman reminds us of the importance of “rigorously observing public health precautions; stay home if you are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, limit social activities, keep your bubble small, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash your hands, and use the COVID Alert App.”

For COVID-19 testing dates and times visit the Renfrew County Virtual Triage Assessment Centre (VTAC) testing schedule or call VTAC at 1- 844-727-6404 to book an appointment for testing.

For all other information, visit RCDHU’s website at https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronaviruscovid-19-2/ or call 613-735-8654. 


Effective immediately, Ontario limits the size of unmonitored social and private gatherings


Sep 19 Today, the Ontario Government announced an amendment to the Reopening Ontario Framework – Ontario Regulation 364-20 which reduces limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings province-wide. Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, barbeques or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This amendment was in response to the alarming growth in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province.

Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) is reminding residents about the importance of adhering to public health measures related to unmonitored and private social gathering limits as case counts are on the rise in Renfrew County and District. 

Effective immediately, the Reopening Ontario Framework - Ontario Regulation 364/20, amendment states that all unmonitored or private social gatherings social gatherings must adhere to the following:

  • Maximum 10 people indoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all people);
  • Maximum 25 people outdoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all people);
  • Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. Gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.

The new amendments do not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, which include the following:

  • Maximum 50 people indoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all patrons);
  • Maximum 100 people outdoors (maintaining 2 metres physical distancing between all patrons);
  • Wearing masks/facial coverings indoors is required;
  • Wearing masks/facial coverings outdoors are recommended due to challenges with maintaining physical distancing. 

Any events and gatherings with food service taking place in Renfrew County and District must be reported to the health unit before the event takes place.                                  

To better support compliance of public health guidelines, the Ontario Government has enacted the following penalties for anyone willfully contravening the law:

  • A minimum fine of $10,000 for organizers/hosts of gatherings.
  • A minimum fine of $750 for attendees of gatherings.

Dr. Robert Cushman, Acting Medical Officer of Health, RCDHU, asks everyone to “rigorously observe public health precautions” – stay home if you are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, limit social activities, keep your bubble small, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash your hands, and use the COVID Alert App.

“This is no time for complacency or distraction, but rather a time to renew our commitment to protecting Renfrew County and District,” states Dr. Cushman.

For more information, visit RCDHU’s website at https://www.rcdhu.com/novel-coronaviruscovid-19-2/ or call RCDHU at 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.  



RCDHU declares a COVID-19 Outbreak at Fellows High School media release.