Medical Officer of Health Dr. Roumeliotis ‘disappointed’ by decision to keep schools closed; One new case added since yesterday in EOHU

Natascha Wood
Nation Valley News

EASTERN ONTARIO — In his twice-weekly media briefing on June 3rd, Eastern Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis provided updates on the latest COVID-19 developments in the region, reporting that there has only been one new case of the virus from Prescott-Russel added since yesterday.

As for hospitalizations, there are now five patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and three patients in the ICU. There are still no COVID-19 outbreaks within the EOHU’s jurisdiction, though an outbreak of MRSA was reported at the Cornwall Community Hospital (2600 POD &6 South Unit) today. Tragically, two more deaths attributed to the virus were recorded over the past few days, bringing the total death toll to 105 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The EOHU has administered approximately 113,381 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, meaning at least 68% of the EOHU’s over-18 population has received one dose. However, as the Delta triple-mutant variant takes hold in the GTA area, Roumeliotis stressed the importance of giving as many second doses as possible, in order to provide a large portion of the population with enough protection against the new variant.

Research suggests that the Delta variant, which originated in India but has since spread to 62 countries, is more potent than the other variants, in that one dose of a vaccine cannot adequately protect against it. If you are due for a second dose, visit the EOHU’s website to find out how to book.

Roumeliotis went on to express disappointment at the provincial government’s decision to keep schools closed for in-person learning until September 2021. He pointed out that the consensus amongst paediatricians was that the benefits of in-person learning would outweigh the risks.

Ontario has reported fewer than 1,000 new cases for the fourth straight day. If the caseload per day continues to decrease, sources within the provincial government say Step One of the Reopening Plan may come earlier than expected.

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