COVID-19 numbers decrease in local health unit region

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CORNWALL – COVID-19 infections in the region have dropped to their lowest point in over three months.

Positivity rates for the virus are estimated by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit to be at 7.5 per cent, down from a peak of 17.2 per cent in April.

The EOHU publishes information based on postal code prefix. Positivity rates in KOC which include the eastern portions of South Dundas are below four per cent, a significant decline from its April 13 peak of 18.2 per cent.

Information for the western half of South Dundas, including Iroquois and Brinston, is not available as the EOHU does not publish information for the K0E prefix, which is based out of Brockville. Information is also unavailable for the western part of North Dundas, and large parts of Russell County which are included in the City of Ottawa’s statistics.

Hospitalizations remain stable in the region’s four hospitals with six people admitted with COVID-19 being the primary reason for admission. There is one person in the intensive care unit.

As of May 31 there are 10 institutional outbreaks due to COVID-19. None are in Dundas County. There are no school outbreaks currently. A school outbreak is defined as more than 30 per cent of a school population absent with COVID-19 being the primary reason for the absence.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 230 people have died in the EOHU region from COVID-19.

Widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines remains available at most pharmacies, all six EOHU offices, many doctors offices and clinics, and through the EOHU’s MobiVax initiative.

The mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be in two villages in South Dundas this week. MobiVax, operated by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, will provide first, second, third, or fourth doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in Williamsburg and Dixon’s Corners June 3.

The mobile clinic will set up shop between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. Later that same day, the clinic will be at the J.C. Whitteker Park in Williamsburg between 1:30 and 4 p.m.

The clinics are open to anyone age five and older, and clients are served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader

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