COVID variants rise in county

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COVID variants rise in County with Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards reporting first case

Pembroke -- COVID variants continue to rise in the county as the Renfrew County and District Health Unit reports there have been 76 cases screened positive for variants of concern and Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards (KHR), where no cases have been reported in the last year, saw its first case within the last week.

On Tuesday there were 39 confirmed cases in the county, with four in hospital and an additional three in the ICU. As well, there were 32 isolating at home. The total number of cases in the county and district has reached 524 since the outbreak began. According to information which is supplied by the RCDHU, active cases are spread through the county including Admaston/Bromley, Arnprior, Greater Madawaska, Horton, Laurentian Valley, Madawaska Valley, McNab/Braeside, North Algona Wilberforce, Pembroke, Petawawa, Renfrew and Whitewater Region, as well as the first case in KHR. There have been very few areas unscathed by COVID since the health unit started tracking last year. Now only Pikwakanagan and Nipissing are recording no cases at all since the pandemic started.

There have been four deaths in the area since the pandemic began with no deaths reported recently. There are also no outbreaks reported currently. So far there have been 30 outbreaks reported, with half of them in long-term-care homes.

The health unit continues to test for COVID with 84,495 tests completed to date.

Since the start of the vaccination program in mid-February, over 22,000 residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Last week the heath unit began booking second dose appointments for people. Those vaccinated first across the county will be due to receive their second dose around the end of May. The health unit pointed out all residents requiring a second does will be notified and do not need to book a second dose appointment online.

Both testing for COVID continues throughout the county and vaccines are continued to be distributed with an online booking system. The province recently lowered the age for those receiving the AstraZeneca to 40.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader