Outbreak at St-Albert Cheese contained, assures Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — Eastern Ontario has reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, February 26th, reported Medical Officer Dr Paul Roumeliotis in his twice-weekly media briefing on March 1st. Eight were in Prescott-Russell, five were in SD&G, seven were in Cornwall, and eight were in Akwesasne. These numbers continue to put most of Eastern Ontario in the Orange-Restrict zone.

Additionally, there are six COVID-19 positive patients hospitalized, including one patient from the Woodland Villa long term care home, which is now the oldest ongoing outbreak. The outbreak there is joined by three other long term care homes—Glen Stor Dun Lodge, Iakhihsohtha Lodge, and The Palace Long Term Care Home—bringing the total number of outbreaks in Eastern Ontario to four. The Doctor said that this decrease in long-term care home outbreaks is the direct result of residents and staff being vaccinated.

Roumeliotis provided more information about the variant outbreak at St-Albert Cheese Co-Op, stating that the laboratory responsible for testing has not yet identified which variant is responsible. He expects to receive those results in eight to ten days. However, the doctor also assured that the outbreak was contained and that the infected individuals are self-isolating for fourteen days.

Over the weekend, the doctor said the EOHU visited the remaining retirement and long-term care homes and held clinics to vaccinate health care providers and essential staff. He reports that the region has been receiving a steady supply of the Pfizer vaccine each week, which will soon be supplemented by a substantial shipment of the Moderna vaccine. Roumeliotis looks forward to receiving more vaccines for Eastern Ontario.

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