Nation Valley News
EASTERN ONTARIO — As the region enters its last full week of lockdown, Medical Officer Dr. Paul Roumeliotis made his twice-weekly media briefing, stating that Eastern Ontario continues to experience a significant slow down of new cases.
Since Friday, February 5th, only 13 new cases have been reported. Six were in Prescott-Russell, 4 were in SD&G, and 3 were in Cornwall. In total, there are 185 active cases across Eastern Ontario, 23 of whom have been hospitalized.
The region still has not reported any new congregate living outbreaks since January 28th, leaving 12 outbreaks ongoing at Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, Lancaster Long Term Care Home, Woodland Villa, Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Riverview Manor, Pinecrest Nursing Home, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, Valoris-211 Russell Road, Rideau Place, Manoir Carillion, Centre d’Acceuil Roger Segin, and the JMP1 1600 Pod in Cornwall Community Hospital.
Dr. Roumleiotis attributes the decrease in new outbreaks to the provincial lockdown.
But while there have been no new outbreaks recently, there have, tragically, been three new deaths attributed to COVID-19. Two were residents from Woodland Villa — raising the death toll to five at that facility — and one was a resident from the Lancaster Long Term Care Home. To date, the EOHU officially records 62 deaths connected with COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic.
The doctor reported that the EOHU has commenced revisiting of long term care homes in order to give residents their second doses, with Dundas Manor receiving theirs on Saturday, February 6th. Over the next week, healthcare staff and EMS teams will continue administering second doses to nursing home residents. Staff will receive their first and second doses when vaccine deliveries ramp up again in the coming weeks.
Local haircuts could resume Feb. 16
In response to the government’s announcement that the stay-at-home order will remain in place until February 16th in his jurisdiction, Roumeliotis said he expects Eastern Ontario to go into a modified Red-Control zone on that date if numbers remain stable. In a follow-up email, he also told NVN the 16th should see the reopening for the region’s hard-hit hairdressers, hair salons and nail salons as well.
“We will be going into either red or orange zone next Tuesday,” he wrote. “Both allow them to open, except for doing any work that requires moving masks of the clients. There may be some additional restrictions though, so we are waiting to see what they are. We have not been given any other information.”
The doctor continues to stress the importance of not being complacent, as there are now approximately 200 confirmed cases of more infectious COVID-19 variants in Ontario — though none locally. “It’s just a matter of time,” he added during the Feb. 8 briefing.
Below, see Part I of the doctor’s Feb. 8 briefing.
Below, see Part II of the doctor’s Feb. 8 briefing.
With files from Nelson Zandbergen