Nation Valley News
EASTERN ONTARIO — Daily increases in COVID-19 cases across Eastern Ontario continue to be in the single digits, representing a stabilization in the spread of the virus. Since February 2nd, there have only been 13 new COVID-19 cases. Three are in Prescott-Russell, six in SD&G, one in Cornwall and three in Akwesasne. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized, though there are no COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
It has been a week since the last new congregate living outbreak was reported, while three outbreaks in Sandfield LTC, Chartwell Chateau Cornwall, and the Cornwall Community Hospital JMP2 2600 Pod have been declared over in recent days. There are now 13 ongoing outbreaks in Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Lancaster Long Term Care Home, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Maxville Manor, Riverview Manor, Pinecrest Nursing Home, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, Valoris-211 Russell Road, Rideau Place, Manoir Carillion, Centre d’Acceuil Roger Segin, and the Cornwall Community Hospital JMP1 1600 Pod.
Roumeliotis characterized the Woodland Villa situation as the “more active” outbreak in the group — with 30 residents having tested positive, 26 of them currently active. Two have died in connection with their infections. The Long Sault-based nursing home also saw 10 staff test positive, five of whom remain as active cases.
“This outbreak was declared in December and it sort of resurfaced again, as it was dwindling off, with more cases,” the doctor explained, adding the EOHU is conducting on-site infection control inspections. Local paramedics and the institution’s onsite doctor also continue to assist with the situation, he said. “Again, it’s a matter of waiting out those cases, and supporting the home.”
Despite the decreased numbers overall, Dr Paul Roumeliotis reminds the public about the presence of all three COVID-19 variants in Canada. Though there have been no cases of the variants yet in Eastern Ontario, Roumleiotis says that their arrival in the region is “inevitable”. As such, people should continue being careful.
As Eastern Ontario enters approaches the new deadline for completion of longterm care home residents first vaccinations on February 10th, Dr Paul Roumeliotis still expects to be done by that date. Doses have also been held back for those who received their first dose earlier in January. Going forward, deliveries from both Pfizer and Moderna will be delayed, with Canada only receiving one-fifth of the planned shipments this week and next week.
He noted that the EOHU did receive one tray of Pfizer vaccine this week. It’s destined to go into the arms of retirement home residents and as booster shots for some long-term care homes where enough time has passed since their first inoculation.