Roumeliotis joins the call for stay at home order in Ontario; 115 new cases added over long-weekend; vaccine bookings open to those 60 and over

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 6th, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis provided updates on the latest COVID-19 developments in the region, reporting that there have been 25 new cases since yesterday, Monday, April 5th. Eighteen were in Prescott-Russell, four were in SD&G, and three were in Cornwall. Eastern Ontario also added a record-breaking 115 new cases over the long weekend.

In hospitals across the region, there are 34 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and nine in the ICU. There has also been another tragic death as a result of the virus, bringing Eastern Ontario’s total death toll to 83.

The EOHU reports that there are now 17 outbreaks, almost equally split between congregate living settings and schools. Congregate living outbreaks are at Chartwell McConnell, Maxville Manor, Sandfield Place Retirement Home, Heritage Lodge, Le Genesis Retirement Home, The Palace Long Term Care, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre –Complex Continuing Care side, and the East Wing and CCC Unit of the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.

School outbreaks are at Morrisburg Public School, St. Mary Catholic School, École secondaire catholique Le Relais, École élémentaire catholique de l’Ange-Gardien, École secondaire catholique de Casselman, École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury, and École élémentaire catholique Curé-Labrosse.

Given the consistently increasing numbers of new cases, outbreaks and hospitalizations, Dr Roumeliotis said he believes that a stay at home order is required to alleviate the strain placed upon the healthcare system and to curb the spread of COVID-19 within the community. He is not alone in suggesting stricter measures. Health professionals across the province have also called for a stay at home order, citing the current spread of COVID-19 and its variants outpacing the vaccination rollout.

In more positive news, as of tomorrow morning, individuals 60 and above will be able to book vaccination appointments via the provincial booking system. According to the EOHU’s plan, the next groups eligible for vaccinations will be individuals with health conditions, individuals who work, live or provide care in congregate living settings, and individuals aged 50+ in COVID-19 hot spot communities.

Roumeliotis reminds anyone receiving homecare who requires vaccination at home to call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120.

According to the federal government’s website, In the coming week, Ontario is slated to receive 396,630 doses from Pfizer, 303,100 from Moderna, and 122,900 of Oxford-AstraZeneca from COVAX. Roumeliotis hopes the increase in supply will be enough to catch up to the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

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