The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) will likely be moving into the red-control zone of Ontario's COVID-19 response framework by the end of the week.
According to Medical Officer of Health Dr Paul Roumeliotis, the region would need to see a miraculous decrease in daily COVID-19 case numbers in order to remain in the orange-restrict tier.
"Some of these [COVID-19 cases] are related to outbreaks, like the one in Cornwall, but a lot of these were just close contacts at home as well as in the workplace," Dr. Roumeliotis says. "This brings [our local numbers] up and our rolling average is really now in the red."
Dr. Roumeliotis expects the province to step in and move the EOHU region into red by early next week, but if case numbers continue to rise at their current rate, then he will request a meeting with the ministry of health and asked to be moved into red earlier.
The EOHU's top doctor says he is particularly worried about the current 27 hospitalizations and six intensive care patients.