Only 15 new cases since yesterday in Eastern Ontario; Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis hopeful that improvements will continue

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 6th, 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 15 new cases since yesterday. 12 were in Prescott-Russell, and three were in Cornwall. Roumeliotis expressed relief that the numbers are dropping, which he said was the result of successful measures to finally curb the third wave, aided by the distribution of vaccines.

There are now 17 patients hospitalized with the virus, and nine in the ICU. The number of congregate living outbreaks continues to drop, as there have been no outbreaks reported in long-term care or retirement homes since April 27th. Subsequently, Eastern Ontario now has five congregate living outbreaks at Caressant Care Nursing Home, Residence St-Mathieu, Community Living-Lasalle, and Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home.

As of today, 68,137 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered within the EOHU’s area. 31 new clinics started operating this week, some of which are weekend clinics or evening clinics for those who are working during the day. Next week, individuals from the 40+ group and individuals in Group 2 will be able to book their vaccine appointments via the provincial system next week. This includes retail workers, transportation workers, veterinarians, social services staff, manufacturing workers, and anyone who cannot work from home.

Additionally, the Doctor announced the EOHU will be taking registrations for those who can arrive at a clinic on short notice. As some individuals do not show up for their appointment, there are spare doses left at the end of the day. Anyone who wishes to receive those leftover vaccines will be able to. There will be more information about this in the next briefing on Monday, May 10th.

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