Number of new COVID-19 cases “starting to drop off” in Eastern Ontario, says Medical Officer of Health Dr Roumeliotis

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on April 22nd, 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 34 new cases added over the weekend. 8 were in Prescott-Russell, 5 were in SD&G, and 10 were in Cornwall. There are now 26 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and six in the ICU. Eastern Ontario also recorded three more deaths since Monday, bringing the region’s death toll to 96.

There are 17 outbreaks. Congregate living outbreaks are in 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, Community Living-Lasalle, and Residence Cartier.

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 expressed hope that the new downward trend in daily cases will continue, now that the EOHU has seen the surge of cases that came from Easter gatherings. For now, however, Eastern Ontario is still clearly far above the Red-Control zone.

The doctor moved on to provide an update about the continuing vaccine rollout, at which time he announced that the EOHU has finally caught up with rollouts going on in other Health Units across Ontario, meaning Eastern Ontario is no longer bringing up the rear. He estimates that 4,000 residents of Eastern Ontario have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 43,000 residents have received one dose. Fortunately, Eastern Ontario has not seen a decrease in vaccine allocation, despite the provincial government’s announcement that it would be redirecting supply to hotspots like Peel and Toronto.

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