Pembroke – Eight new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total to 15 active cases.
It’s been a relatively quiet fourth wave of COVID in the district covered by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit and this is the largest number of active cases in some time. Some of the information from the health unit is only updated on a weekly basis and for some of the data the latest information is pre-Thanksgiving.
Information on Tuesday showed there were 817 total cases in the district since the pandemic began in March 2020. There have been 10 deaths to date and this number has not changed in many months. With 792 resolved cases, the information shows 15 active cases. The most recent COVID case summary, dated October 7, shows nine cases with one hospitalized and eight in self isolation. There were 11 new cases since this information was released last Thursday.
Over 116,000 COVID tests have been performed since the pandemic began and the recent positivity rate is 0.8 percent. The most recent incidence rate shows a rate of 8.3 per 100,000 individuals.
According to the health unit, over the past two months more than 90 percent of RCDHU cases are confirmed to be the Delta variant.
Vaccinations continue to be administered in the district. Reports from the health unit show the majority of those vaccinated received the Pfizer vaccine, followed by the Moderna vaccine and lastly the AstraZeneca vaccine. The majority of residents have been vaccinated at RCDHU-led clinics but in July, August and September vaccination numbers increased dramatically at pharmacies. Information compiled by the health unit up to September 20 showed of the 148,000 doses administered, there were 184 adverse events following immunization.
The health unit pointed out in recent months the weekly incidence rate for COVID-19 has been much lower in the district than in the province. The majority of recent cases in the district have been under 40, linked to a known source of infection, unvaccinated or partly vaccinated and of the Delta variant. The vaccination rate in the district is similar to the provincial average with 80 percent of eligible residents having received two doses of vaccine and 85 percent with at least one dose.
Vaccination clinics run by the health unit are occurring at Ma-te-way Park in Renfrew and St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay on Thursday. No appointment is required and anyone born in 2009 or earlier is eligible. Anyone interested in the clinic in Barry’s Bay is urged to call the hospital at 613 717 6311 to confirm vaccine availability first.
Testing also continues, but anyone needing a test needs to call RCVTAC at 1-844-727-6404 to schedule a test or go to https://rcvtac.ca/course/view.php?id=22. Tests are occurring in Laurentian Valley and Deep River on Wednesday, Cobden and Arnprior on Thursday and Barry’s Bay and Laurentian Valley on Friday.
Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader