Stay at home order likely extended another two weeks; number of new cases ‘still high but much better,’ says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Roumeliotis

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 10th, 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 39 new cases over the weekend. Sixteen were in Prescott-Russell, five were in SD&G, three were in Cornwall, and 13 were in the Northern portion of Akwesasne.

There are now 14 patients hospitalized with the virus and five in the ICU, which represents another drop in hospital admissions caused by COVD-19. However, there has been another tragic death attributed to the virus, bringing the regional death toll to 102 since the beginning of the pandemic

Two congregate living outbreaks were declared over in the last few days, and there has not been another outbreak reported since April 27th. As a result, there are now only three outbreaks ongoing in Eastern Ontario. They are at Residence St- Mathieu, Community Living-Lasalle, and Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home.

“That’s good news all around. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue that trend,” Dr Roumeliotis said of the decreasing numbers. “They’re still high, but they’re much better.”

The EOHU has now administered 75,309 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Roumeliotis expects to have vaccinated 100,000 individuals by the end of May, which will put Eastern Ontario another step closer towards the sixty per cent threshold required for herd immunity. This week, individuals who are 40 years old and above can begin booking their appointments for vaccinations, including individuals with high-risk medical conditions and individuals who cannot work from home. Those who are in these groups are encouraged to book via the provincial system, or through the EOHU website.

Shipments of Moderna and Pfizer are picking up in both size and frequency. This week’s shipment of Pfizer contains 787,410 doses for Ontario, and Moderna’s delivery contains 388,100 doses. It is still not clear when Canada will receive deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Given how many people will have received at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of May, Roumeliotis expects that the stay-at-home order, which is likely to be renewed on May 24th, will relax restrictions concerning outdoor activities like camping.

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