Outbreaks in Eastern Ontario knocked down to six; new cases remaining steady at 55 over weekend

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 3rd, 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 55 new cases added over the weekend. 24 were in Prescott-Russell, 7 were in SD&G, 14 were in Cornwall, and 10 were in the Northern portion of Akwesasne.

Within the EOHU, there are 22 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and six in the ICU, which represents an encouraging drop in hospitalizations.

The reporting of new outbreaks is happening far less frequently than before the vaccine rollout began.  There are now only six ongoing outbreaks at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Open Hands – Gage Street, Residence St-Mathieu, Community Living-Lasalle, Residence Cartier, and Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home.

The EOHU, in partnership with participating pharmacies, has now administered 63,351 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, 5,000 of which were given this weekend. As of Thursday, May 6th, individuals who are 50 years of age and above will be able to book their vaccination appointments via the provincial system. Additionally, Group 1 will also be able to book appointments. Group 1 includes essential workers like bus drivers, teachers, bylaw officers, farmworkers, and food manufacturers. For more information about occupations included under Group 1, visit the provincial website.

Roumeliotis expects to begin vaccinating individuals in the 40+ age range next week. He estimated that by the time the 40+ group has received their first doses, 60 to 65 per cent of the EOHU’s population will have been vaccinated at least once. Though this is a huge step in the right direction, the Doctor anticipates that the provincial stay-at-home order, which is due to end on May 19th, will be extended to keep the variants under control.

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