Cornwall driving COVID-19 numbers increase in EOHU

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CORNWALL – For four days straight, COVID-19 infections in the region have increased on an average of 25 cases per day.

According data updated by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on September 27, there are 193 active COVID-19 infections in the region. More than half of the infections (112) are in the City of Cornwall.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the EOHU said that while 81 per cent of the total 12-plus population has been double vaccinated, in Cornwall that number is only 67 per cent. That is driving the numbers increase in the region. Cornwall is now among the highest areas of COVID-19 infection in the province.

Case counts in many of the rural areas of the EOHU remain relatively stable. South Dundas continues to have only one active infection, while North Dundas has three people have COVID-19.

Increased infections and need for testing is placing an additional strain on the medical system. Tests are administered by hospitals and while the turnaround time for results remains in the 24-48 hour range, people have to wait longer to have the test.

Roumeliotis said that the health unit is working on plans for more take home testing kits for schools, a project already being piloted in some schools including North Dundas District High School.

As of September 27, there are eight hospitalized with COVID-19, and four in the ICU. No new deaths have been reported in the past seven days.

Seven schools in the region have had an outbreak declared by the health unit, including Chesterville Public School, which has fewer than five cases reported. Two or more cases in a school is the threshold for declaring an outbreak.

More than 309,500 vaccine doses have been administered in the region by the health unit, primary care clinics, and area pharmacies.

Vaccine doses are available in South Dundas at Seaway Valley Pharmacy in Morrisburg, and at Gilmer Pharmacy in Iroquois. You can also get vaccinated at the EOHU office in Winchester..

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader

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