Hawkesbury Hospital outbreaks declared over; ten thousand vaccines administered last week, says Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 19th, 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 109 new cases added over the weekend. 45 were in Prescott-Russell, 22 were in SD&G, and 28 were in Cornwall. There are now 33 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and nine in the ICU. Eastern Ontario also recorded five more deaths, bringing the region’s death toll to 93.

There are 15 outbreaks. Congregate living outbreaks are in Maxville Manor, St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre – Complex Continuing Care side, Caressant Care Nursing Home, Open Hands – Gage Street, Open Hands – Second Street, Residence St- Mathieu, and Community Living-Lasalle. The two outbreaks at Hawkesbury & District Hospital were declared over on Saturday.

School outbreaks are ongoing 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 reported that between April 10th to the 16th, 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Eastern Ontario. This number did not include vaccinations done by the six pharmacies, multiple primary care physicians, hospitals, and mobile vaccination teams from EMS. Roumeliotis provided assurance that the EOHU is working on setting up more pharmacies for vaccinations, possibly around thirty. Going forward, residents of the region can expect more vaccination sites to open as supply gradually picks up.

Canada will be receiving approximately a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week. However, the shipment of 1.2 million doses of Moderna expected to arrive this week has been delayed and scaled back, while the latest delivery of AstraZeneca from the US will also likely arrive late.

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