Four LTC homes vaccinated in EOHU area; Dundas Manor next up on SDG list

Watch Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis’s Jan. 14 COVID-19 update, above.

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — Medical Officer for Eastern Ontario Dr Paul Roumeliotis reported today in his twice-weekly media briefing that cases in the province have seen a stabilization since Monday. While numbers are still high, the seven-day rolling average trend has been in a descent.

Since Monday, 75 cases have been added to Eastern Ontario’s cumulative total of infections, now at 2,046. Forty-four of those were added since yesterday. Ten were in Prescott-Russell, six in SD&G, nin in Cornwall, and 16 in Akwesasne. There are also 25 COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized and five in the ICU.

There are 13 outbreaks in congregate living settings including Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Lancaster Long Term Care, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Sandfield Place LTC & Retirement Home, Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home, Heritage Heights, Villa St-Albert, Heartwood LTC, Riverview Manor, Caressant Care Nursing Home, and the Inpatient Mental Health Unit of the Cornwall Community Hospital. There are no school outbreaks at this time, as the outbreak in École secondaire catholique L’Escale was declared over on January 12th.

There have been two more deaths attributed to COVID-19. Roumeliotis confirmed that one of these deaths was a man of working age. This marks another tragic milestone, as this will be the region’s first death in a younger age bracket. The doctor said an investigation will be conducted into how and where the person became infected with COVID-19.

In a bit of good news, Roumeliotis reported that four long term care homes have received their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine — Foyer St-Jacques Nursing Home, Champlain Long Term Care, Parisien Manor, and The Palace Long Term Care. Akwesasne has also received a delivery of the Moderna vaccines. Roumeliotis expects to begin vaccinating long-term care home residents and the staff there tomorrow.

“Things have gone very, very smoothly. The residents were very happy. We’re quite pleased with the progress, and we’re very grateful for the homes, the long-term care facilities, the staff, the residents, families, everybody who’s there,” he said of the four homes where inoculations have been completed in the EOHU jurisdiction to date. “And certainly, a big thank you to our paramedic partners and our staff who have worked behind the scenes and also on-site to help coordinate and register.”

Over the coming days, two mobile vaccination teams will vaccinate long-term care homes in both Prescott-Russel and SD&G simultaneously. In Prescott-Russell, the order will be Pinecrest Nursing Home, Centre D’Accueil Roger-Seguin, Caressant Care Nursing Home, Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home, and Residence Prescott-Russel. In SD&G, the order will be Dundas Manor, St. Joseph’s Villa, Sandfield Place LTC & Retirement Home, Heartwood LTC, Woodland Villa, Maxwell Manor, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, and Lancaster Long Term Care.

Roumeliotis anticipates that Eastern Ontario will be able to complete this first stage of the rollout in at least two weeks. However, while this is a step in the right direction, the doctor stressed the importance of following the rules currently in place.

 

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