EOHU passes 100,000 vaccine doses administered; Medical Officer of Health Roumeliotis reminds public to ‘stay the course’

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 27th, 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 17 new cases since yesterday. Ten were in Prescott-Russell, four were in SD&G, and three were in Cornwall. Though this is an increase compared to the last few days, the region’s rolling average is still heading in the right direction.

As for hospitalizations, there are now five patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and two patients in the ICU. There are still no new outbreaks and no ongoing outbreaks in the region.

The EOHU reports that it has administered 102,834 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics operating in the coming weeks will be giving thousands of doses to residents of Eastern Ontario. If you have not yet booked your first dose, visit the provincial booking system or the EOHU’s website to find out alternative ways to schedule your appointment.

Despite the progress of the vaccine rollout, Roumeliotis emphasized the importance of continuing to take precautions. The Stay-at-Home order is still in place until June 2nd, and masking and social distancing directives are still needed.

“It’s quite important that we maintain the course,” Roumeliotis said.

As the doctor had to attend a provincial meeting about the reopening of schools, he was unable to do his full media briefing. (There will be a more in-depth media briefing on Monday, May 31st.) Premier Doug Ford is currently seeking the input and consensus of medical experts and other stakeholders about the advisability of reopening schools before summer.

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