After going below 100 cases last week, the number of active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) had increased to 123 as Tuesday, December 1.  There were 874 cumulative cases and 721 resolved cases as of Tuesday.

The three municipalities with the most cases of COVID-19 under EOHU jurisdiction as of December 1 were Cornwall with 29 cases, Hawkesbury with 21 cases and South Stormont with 16 cases.

As of December 1, five COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s jurisdiction were in hospital.  None of the COVID-19 patients were in intensive care.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU as of December 1 remained unchanged at 31.

Long-term care outbreaks

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence long-term care facility in Hawkesbury remained in effect on December 1.  The outbreak at the Prescott and Russell Residence has resulted in 14 deaths due to COVID-19.

One other long-term care outbreak of COVID-19 under EOHU jurisdiction remained in effect on December 1 at Woodland Villa in Long Sault.

School cases

Cases of COVID-19 were active among staff and students at the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction as of December 1.  Two or more cases at a school are considered an official outbreak unless otherwise stated.

One student at Laggan Public School

One student at École secondaire publique le Sommet in Hawkesbury

Two staff members at École élémentaire catholique St-Isidore

École élémentaire catholique de Casselman Pavillon Sainte Euphémie remains closed to all students and staff until December 7 due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the school.  As of December 1, six students and one staff member comprised the six active cases of COVID-19 connected with the school.

One student at Tagwi Intermediate School in North Stormont

One student at École élémentaire catholique Saint-Trinité in Clarence-Rockland

One student at École élémentaire catholique Embrun Pavillon St-Jean/Pavillon La Croisée

Childcare centres

As of December 1, there was one active case of COVID-19 in a child at Centre éducatif au jardin des calins in Casselman.

Ontario situation

There were 14,524 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario on November 30, according to the Ministry of Health.  There were 1,707, or 1.5 per cent more active cases on November 30 than on November 29.

The Ministry reported that 100,012 or 84.6 per cent of cumulative cases were resolved as of November 30.  Resolved cases do not include deaths.

There were 645 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of November 30.  Out of those 645 patients, 185 were in intensive care, and 112 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 3,663 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of November 30, comprising 3.1 per cent of all cumulative cases.

Premier Ford, Ministers and General Hillier make vaccine announcement

The Ontario government is collaborating with leaders and experts in a wide variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, health care and logistics, to develop a plan for the safe and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when they become available. Partnerships across these sectors are critical as Ontario prepares to handle one of the largest vaccine rollouts in its history.

Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and General Rick Hillier (retired), Chair of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, toured McKesson, a pharmaceutical distribution company. McKesson’s warehouse in Brampton is the type of facility that could be instrumental in the storage and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ontario will be ready by December 31, 2020 to receive vaccines, with the first doses of vaccines expected to be made available in 2021. The province will receive initial logistical support from vaccine manufacturers like Pfizer. The task force, in conjunction with scientists and ethics professionals, will be advising the government’s prioritization of vaccine delivery sites and populations.

Through ongoing involvement of key industry partners and appointing a task force with diverse expertise, the Ontario government is ensuring that the province will be prepared to handle the largest vaccine rollout in a generation in a way that is timely, efficient and safe.

Active COVID-19 cases across EOHU jurisdiction as of December 1, 2020.

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit.