Only seven cases added over the weekend in Eastern Ontario; 80+ now eligible to move up second dose appointments

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on May 31st, 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 only seven new cases added over the weekend. Five were in Prescott-Russell, one was in SD&G, and one was in Cornwall.

As for hospitalizations, there are now seven patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and three patients in the ICU. There are still no new outbreaks and no ongoing outbreaks in the region, marking the seventh straight day without any outbreaks. The province as a whole is reporting its lowest daily case count since February, though the number of ICU admissions remains high.

As of today, the EOHU has administered over 113,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, representing 67% of individuals 18 years of age or older who have received at least one dose.

Individuals from the 80+ bracket are now able to move up their second dose appointment via the provincial booking system. If you received your first dose through a family healthcare provider or a pharmacy, they will reach out to you to arrange a second dose. Likewise, the EOHU will reach out to you if you received your first dose at a mass clinic.

Roumeliotis assured that the EOHU is reserving supply according to the list of people who are due to receive a second dose. However, supply is becoming less and less of a problem, especially after Eastern Ontario received a large delivery of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines recently, with approximately 63,000 doses slated to arrive throughout June.

The Doctor also responded to the announcement that his counterpart from the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit, Dr. Kieran Moore, has been named the next Chief Medical Officer of Health. He wholeheartedly agreed with the decision, stating that the provincial government could not have made a better choice. Roumeliotis did not put his hat into the ring for the position.

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