No new COVID-19 cases reported on Victoria Day in the EOHU and no more outbreaks ongoing, reports Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis

Roumeliotis also drops strong hints that schools may reopen May 31st outside of Toronto area

Above, see the doctor’s May 25, 2021, news conference, where he suggests schools outside of Toronto may reopen May 31st, pending an upcoming provincial announcement.

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 25th, 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 13 new cases since Friday, May 21st. 10 were in Prescott-Russell and three were in Cornwall. Crucially, on Victoria Day, the EOHU recorded no new cases of the virus within its jurisdiction. Roumeliotis pointed out that it has been months since the Health Unit has seen such results.

There are now five patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and three patients in the ICU. The last remaining outbreaks at two long-term care homes and one business were finally closed over the weekend. There are no remaining outbreaks ongoing in Eastern Ontario, which represents a major breakthrough for the Health Unit. To Dr. Roumeliotis, these drastically improved numbers prove that the “sacrifices” of Eastern Ontarians are finally “bearing fruit.”

The EOHU has now administered 95,438 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies, hospitals, mass clinics, and in homes by mobile vaccination teams.

In the coming weeks, individuals seeking to book their second doses will be able to do so on the provincial system, even if the first doses were administered at a pharmacy or before the provincial book system went online. The doctor assures everyone that plans are being made to facilitate second doses in the hopes that all second doses will be complete by the end of the summer. More information will follow shortly when these options become available. Additionally, individuals who were given one or two doses in another jurisdiction will also be able to register their vaccinations with the EOHU.

The following groups are now being called upon to book their vaccination appointments:

  • Anyone who is due for a second dose of AstraZeneca
  • Youth aged 12 to 17 years of age
  • Anyone born in 2003 or earlier
  • Essential workers
  • Personal support workers
  • Adult recipients of home care
  • Individuals with high-risk health conditions
  • Pregnant individuals

For information about options when booking, visit the EOHU’s website.

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