Nation Valley News
EASTERN ONTARIO — The region has recorded an increase of 10 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday, said Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr Paul Roumeliotis in his twice-weekly media briefing on February 18th. Six were in Prescott-Russell, three were in SD&G, and one was in Cornwall. There are also 11 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and one person in the ICU.
The outbreak in Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long Term Care Home, which was declared on December 12th, was finally declared over on Tuesday evening (February 16th). Similarly, the outbreak at Centre d’Acceuil Roger Segin in Clarence-Creek was declared over yesterday.
There are still nine outbreaks ongoing in Woodland Villa, Riverview Manor, Valoris-211 Russell Road, Manoir Carillion, The Palace Long Term Care, Maxville Manor, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, Chartwell McConnell, and the JMP1 1600 Pod in Cornwall Community Hospital.
Though the number of outbreaks in congregate living settings has been decreasing, COVID-19 continues to claim the lives of residents in long term care homes across the province. In the past few days, two more residents from Woodland Villa in Long Sault passed away as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak there. There have now been six deaths recorded within the home since the outbreak was reported on December 27th.
The vaccine rollout in Eastern Ontario is continuing in long-term care homes, focusing now on finishing second-doses for residents and first doses for remaining staff. Additionally, Dr Roumeliotis announced that the EOHU will very soon be taking on the next phase of the distribution, which is vaccinating the thousands of people over the age of 80 living across the region. A media blitz will soon be underway in order to notify individuals about when and where to get their vaccines.
Individuals in the 80-plus bracket who are not mobile will be able to receive the vaccination at home. Roumeliotis encourages those people to reach out to the EOHU.