Retirement home vaccinations ongoing

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CORNWALL – The amount of COVID-19 vaccines reaching the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region has slowed due to national supply issues. Vaccination of long-term care home residents is now complete, and the EOHU is now working on retirement home residents.

The EOHU completed its last LTC home last week, and have so far administered the first dose of vaccines to six retirement homes with more on the way.

“We received another tray of the Pfizer vaccine,” said EOHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. “We can stretch that to about 1,100 doses.”

Residents of the Morrisburg-based retirement home Chartwell Hartford Retirement Residence will receive their first vaccinations in the coming weeks, but no exact schedule was given during the EOHU’s February 1st media update.

“We have a list, and then we confirm how many doses we schedule in a day because we want to make sure we have enough doses,” Roumeliotis said.

The EOHU has administered 2,505 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, all being the first of two doses for individuals.

Sixteen facilities still have declared outbreaks in the EOHU region, the latest of which accounted for three new deaths this past week.

Woodland Villa in Long Sault has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. The latest outbreak at that LTC home has seen 21 residents infected (18 active) and two deaths. Seven staff (three active) also tested positive for the virus.

GlenStorDun Lodge in Cornwall saw seven residents infected its the latest outbreak, six are now resolved and there was one death. Nine staff were also infected, two remain active.

Active cases decline

COVID-19 cases in the community continue to decline. Over the weekend 36 people tested positive, nearly half of those cases (17) were in Cornwall. Ten of those new cases were in Prescott-Russell, nine in SDG County.

The local case count in South Dundas is unchanged at 24 overall, three more cases are now resolved leaving just two active cases. North Dundas has had 57 cases (12 active), South Stormont 116 cases (30 active), and Cornwall 670 cases (140 active).

The region’s hospitals remain unchanged in ICU occupancy (109 per cent) and COVID-19 ICU occupancy (nine per cent). There are 26 people hospitalized, five are in ICU, but not all those patients are in EOHU-based hospitals. There have been 55 deaths linked to the pandemic, nearly all of which are LTC home residents.

Overall infection levels have dropped in the region. The seven-day rolling average of new infections stands at 58.3, which would place the EOHU region in the Red-Control restrictions under the provincial COVID-19 framework. That framework has been suspended while Ontario is under a lock-down order, declared state of emergency, and a province-wide Stay-at-Home order. Those orders all end February 9th. An announcement is pending from the province on whether the orders will be extended.

The region’s reproductive rate stands at 0.81. Any number below 1.0 is a sign that community spread is retreating. In comparison, Leeds-Grenville-Lanark has a reproductive rate of 0.88, Ottawa Public Health is 0.78, and Toronto Public Health is 0.93.

The EOHU reports its statistic updates weekdays excluding holidays, based on provincial testing numbers. The Leader also publishes an update each Friday on its website at www.morrisburgleader.ca.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader