Outbreak at Woodland Villa involves 15 residents and six staff, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis reports; all LTC residents in region inoculated with first dose

Watch the Eastern Ontario medical officer of health’s Jan. 28, 2021 media briefing, above.

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — The region continues to see the positive effects of the provincial lockdown on new cases of COVID-19, said Medical Officer Dr Paul Roumeliotis in a media briefing today (January 28th). The daily increase since yesterday was eight, marking an encouraging return to pre-December numbers. Four were in Prescott-Russell, two were in SD&G, two were in Cornwall.

Twenty-four COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalized, with 5 in the ICU. Outbreaks are continuing at the Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Lancaster Long Term Care Home, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Sandfield Place LTC, Riverview Manor, Foyer St Jacques Nursing Home, Cornwall Community Hospital – JMP2 2500 & 2600 Pods, Chartwell Chateau Cornwall, Baldwin House, Pinecrest Nursing Home, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, Valoris-211 Russell Road, and Rideau Place. New outbreaks were declared in the last three days at the Cornwall Community Hospital – JMP1 1600 Pod, Manoir Carillion, and Centre d’Acceuil Roger Segin. There are a total of 18 outbreaks in congregate living settings.

Located in Long Sault, the Woodland Villa outbreak involves 15 residents and six staff. “We are working with them, with the usual precautions,” the doctor said.

Fortunately, there have been no deaths recorded this week as a result of the virus, and all long term care residents in the region have received their first dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine.

Roumeliotis explained that the decreasing numbers are encouraging. These positive signs, he said, are grounds for the reopening of schools in Eastern Ontario on February 1st. However, Roumeliotis did express what many other doctors across the province also fear, that students may meet with friends over March Break and cause a spike in cases.

“I don’t think it’s going to be March Break as usual. I would request that, during March Break,  parents be very, very aware of what happened at Christmas, and let’s learn from that,” the doctor offered.

For now, If Ontario continues its downward trend, Dr. Paul Roumeliotis anticipates the province will be out of the grey zone by the projected end date of February 10th.

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