695 active cases in Eastern Ontario Health Unit region after 166 test positive over weekend

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — As the region enters its third week in lockdown, daily increases in cases remain in the double digits. There has been an increase of 166 over the weekend, bringing the active number of cases to 695 (an accumulated 1,971 individuals infected since the start of the pandemic). Thirty-five are in Prescott-Russell, 39 in SD&G, 71 in Cornwall, and 21 in Akwesasne.

Eighteen people are currently hospitalized, and five are in the ICU — one of them on a ventilator. Tragically, there were two more deaths in the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, where an outbreak has been ongoing since early December.

Below, Part 1 of Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis’s Jan. 11 media briefing.
Below, Part 2 of the briefing.

While outbreaks in congregate living settings were declared over at St Joseph’s Continuing Care, Residence Prescott-Russel, and Russell Meadows Retirement Home, there are still 13 outbreaks in retirement homes, long term care homes, and hospitals.

Those outbreaks are in Villa St-Albert, Heritage Heights, Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home, Heritage Manor, Sandfield Place LTC, Maxville Manor, Chateau Glengarry Alexandria, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Woodland Villa, Lancaster Long Term Care, Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Riverwood Manor, Heartwood LTC, and Cornwall Community Hospital’s Inpatient Mental Health unit.

The only school outbreak still ongoing is at École secondaire catholique L’Escale.

Having gone over the statistics for the region Jan. 11, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis went on to do a more in-depth rundown of the vaccination distribution plan. He confirmed that Phase One of Eastern Ontario’s vaccination rollout begins this week, with the arrival of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Phase One includes the vaccination of congregate living staff and residents, health care workers, adult chronic home care recipients, and adults in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations. Phase Two includes essential workers, adults (60-75+), at risk populations, and adults (16-60). Phase Three will include remaining eligible residents of Ontario.

Roumeliotis reported that the EOHU has received complaints about people from Quebec travelling into the region since that province imposed a curfew Saturday. He intends to talk to MPP’s about this issue. In response to the provincial government’s consideration of new restrictions, Roumeliotis said he would support more enforcement of rules that are already in place.

He expressed concern that the four hospitals in Eastern Ontario will be overwhelmed if cases continue their upward climb. This has already been the case in hot zones like Toronto, where front line workers are saying the system is already at breaking point. Subsequently, Premier Doug Ford is reportedly considering declaring a second state of emergency. New measures are expected to be announced tomorrow (Tuesday, January 12th).

The next media briefing by the Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health will take place on Thursday, January 14th.

Correction: Community Living Dundas County currently has a respiratory outbreak caused by an “unknown” organism; COVID-19 has not been implicated in that outbreak.

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