9,241 people vaccinated since April 8th; Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis not in favour of curfew

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 15th, 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 61 new cases since yesterday, April 14th. Thirty-two were in Prescott-Russell, 10 were in SD&G, and 19 were in Cornwall. There are now 37 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and eight in the ICU.

There are 15 outbreaks. Congregate living outbreaks are in Maxville Manor, Caressant Care Nursing Home, Open Hands – Gage Street, 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, École élémentaire catholique Curé-Labrosse, Bridgewood Public School, and École secondaire catholique La Citadelle.

Roumeliotis went on to give his update about the vaccine rollout in Eastern Ontario, assuring that all is continuing smoothly, despite the rising number of new cases. Between April 8th and 14th, the EOHU administered 9,241 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, bringing the total number of doses distributed in the region to approximately 38,000.

Going forward, there will be 34 mass immunization clinics in operation, 17 of which are in Prescott-Russell, with another 17 operating in SD&G. They are joined by six pharmacies — including the Seaway Valley Pharmacy in Winchester — though there are plans to expand the number of participating pharmacies, especially in rural areas. Roumeliotis reported that the Cornwall Community Hospital and the Hawkesbury and District Hospital are also offering vaccinations to eligible populations. The Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria will begin its own vaccination clinic soon. Roumeliotis explained that the EOHU has the infrastructure in place to vaccinate 2,000 people per day, depending on the available supply.

In response to a question about SD&G Warden Prevost’s support of a curfew, Roumeliotis pointed out that the stay-at-home order does an effective job of curbing the spread of COVID-19, while a curfew on its own will only result in people gathering during the day. While he acknowledged that businesses are suffering, the Doctor did not agree with Prevost’s suggestion that Eastern Ontario should enforce a curfew.

To find out if you are currently eligible to be vaccinated, go the EOHU’s website.


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