COVID-19 case numbers make ‘stubborn’ decline in Eastern Ontario; 12- to 17-year-olds eligible to book vaccinations beginning May 31st

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 13th, 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 19 new cases since Tuesday, May 11th. Four were in Prescott-Russell, seven were in SD&G, and eight were in Cornwall.

There are now nine patients hospitalized with the virus and five in the ICU. Meanwhile, congregate living outbreaks remain at a steady three. They are at Residence St-Mathieu, Community Living-Lasalle, and Rockland Manor, which is the first new outbreak reported in over two weeks. The outbreak at Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home was declared over on Tuesday. Tragically, however, a patient passed away in hospital as a result of COVID-19 related complications in the last few days, bringing the regional death toll to 103.

As of today, the EOHU has administered 80,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Roumeliotis anticipates giving another 30,000 by the end of May. Mass immunization clinics continue, as well as mobile vaccination teams for those who cannot travel to the sites.

On the agenda for the upcoming week, the EOHU intends to administer second doses to the staff of retirement homes and long-term care homes, and first doses to individuals from the 40+ group and Group 2. Beginning on May 31st, youth between the ages of 12 and 17 will also be able to book appointments for their vaccinations at family clinics.

Following the news that Ontario will no longer be offering first doses of AstraZeneca, Roumeliotis confirmed that vaccinating pharmacies will be going forward with supply with Moderna instead.

For more information about how is currently eligible to book vaccination appointments, visit the EOHU website.

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