Nation Valley News
EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 8th, 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 a record-breaking 63 new cases since yesterday, Wednesday, April 7th. 34 were in Prescott-Russell, 14 were in SD&G, and 15 were in Cornwall.
There are now 35 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and eight in the ICU. Sadly, there has also been another death attributed to the virus, bringing the total death toll in Eastern Ontario to 84.
There are 16 outbreaks across the region, which are now largely represented by schools. Congregate living outbreaks are in Chartwell McConnell, Maxville Manor, Sandfield Place Retirement Home, Heritage Lodge, Le Genesis Retirement Home, The Palace Long Term Care, Champlain Long Term Care, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre – Complex Continuing Care side, and the East Wing and CCC Unit of Hawkesbury & District Memorial Hospital.
School outbreaks are in 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, École élémentaire catholique Curé-Labrosse, Bridgewood Public School, and École secondaire catholique La Citadelle.
Roumeliotis went on to provide an update on the vaccination rollout. As of today, 30,000 vaccines have been administered in Eastern Ontario alone. The Doctors expects the Health Unit’s supply to increase by 37,000 doses in the coming weeks, which will aid the EOHU in its efforts to break even with the spread of COVID-19 during the month-long stay at home order.
Going forward, there will be 8 mass immunisation sites operating, administering a total of 8,000 doses per week. The Doctor reported that 26,000 people have booked slots for vaccination appointments. He also addressed the technical issues that caused interruptions at the Hawkesbury mass immunization site yesterday, wherein the provincial system overbooked appointments, resulting in confusion and long queues.
Roumeliotis assures it was a “one-off,” as all the other sites have been operating smoothly without issue. He also said that the provincial government has now fixed the problem.