CORNWALL – For the first time in more than seven months there are fewer than 100 active COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region.
Resolved cases outpaced new cases at a rate of four-to-one. Between June 4 and June 7, only three new cases were detected. As of the EOHU’s June 7 update, there were 95 active cases in the health unit region.
“We are still seeing a nice downhill trajectory provincially,” said EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis during his media availability Monday. “We want to be as low as possible to continue with some of the reopenings. This is excellent news.”
Most of the region’s key indicators have not been this low since October 2020. The reproductive rate has dropped dramatically according to Public Health Ontario, which put this region at 0.21 and the test positivity rate is 1.82 per cent.
Five people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 and four are in Intensive Care Units.
The seven-day average of new infections has decreased 8.3 cases per 100,000 people, which would place the EOHU region in the “Green Zone” under the now discontinued provincial colour-coded restriction framework.
There are zero outbreaks in any congregate living facilities including Long-Term Care, retirement, or group homes. There also are no outbreaks in any hospitals.
Locally, there are three active cases of COVID-19 in South Dundas, which has seen 84 cases in total since the pandemic began. North Dundas has six active cases, South Stormont three, North Stormont four, and the City of Cornwall has 17.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 4,817 infections resulting in 106 deaths. Most of those deaths were in LTC homes.
Vaccination appointments continue to be added as supply increases. Roumeliotis said that he understood the people are having some issues with appointment availability but said the issues had to do with when the province updates the booking system to include new appointments.
People who are age 70 or older can now log in to reschedule their second-dose appointment to an earlier date. The provincial government has decreased the interval between first and second doses from the initial 16-week interval.
Roumeliotis clarified that parents who booked appointments for their children age 12-17 will also have the interval time decreased.
When Ontario’s vaccination system was opened to youth in that age group, the initial interval was also 16 weeks meaning those who booked early would not get their second dose until late September, after returning back to school. Youth who signed up for vaccinations at one of the clinics for between June 14 and 27 received a shorter interval, with a second appointment in early August.
Roumeliotis said about 800 youth in the region booked early, but the EOHU would get those youth in for their second dose of vaccine before the start of the school year.
The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have said that all students in that age group that want a vaccine will receive both doses before the 2021-22 school year begins in September.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader