As of Thursday, February 4, the number of active cases of COVID-19 under Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) jurisdiction had decreased to 263 cases from 329 cases on Tuesday, February 3.

There were 23 COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s territory in hospital as of February 3, and no patients were in intensive care.

However, the number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 across the area served by the EOHU as of Thursday had increased to 60 from 58 on Wednesday.

Back to school

In-person classroom learning began to resume at schools under EOHU jurisdiction on February 1 and February 2 since Monday was a Professional Activity Day in some schools.  As of February 4, there were COVID-19 cases connected with the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction:

One staff member at École secondaire catholique Embrun

One student at École élémentaire publique de la Rivière Castor in Russell

One student at Winchester Public School

Vaccination situation

According to Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the EOHU received approximately 1,000 doses this week, but no doses will be delivered next week.  However, the EOHU is to receive 3,000 doses on February 15, and 4,000 doses on February 22.

Roumeliotis said that General Rick Hillier (retired), who is in charge of Ontario’s vaccination distribution plan, has said that larger quantities are likely to arrive in late February and into March.

As of Wednesday, February 3, 2,527 people across the EOHU’s territory had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Long-term care outbreaks

As of February 3, COVID-19 outbreaks of two or more cases were in effect at the following long-term care, retirement, and group living facilities under EOHU jurisdiction:

Rideau Place in Hawkesbury

Manoir Carillon in Chute-à-Blondeau

Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet

Maxville Manor

Foyer St-Viateur Nursing Home in Limoges

Centre d’Acceuil Roger-Séguin in Clarence Creek

Valoris Group Home in Cheney

Lancaster Long-Term Care

Riverview Manor in Cornwall

Cornwall Community Hospital—11600 pod

Glen Stor Dun Lodge in Cornwall

Iakhihsohtha Lodge in Akwesasne

TSIIonKwa NonhSoTe Long-Term Care in Akwesasne

Woodland Villa in Long Sault

Ontario statistics

The Provincewide Shutdown and stay-at-home order remain in effect across the province of Ontario until February 9.  On Thursday, Roumeliotis said he could not predict what changes to restrictions may be made and that the decision will be made by the provincial government.

As of February 4, there were 1,563 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario from February 3.  According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 16,330 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of Thursday.

There were 1,101 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of February 4.  Out of those patients, 323 were in intensive care, and 241 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 6,393 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of February 4, which was an increase of 88 deaths from February 3.

EOHU COVID-19 cases, February 4, 2021

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

EOHU COVID-19 media briefing, February 4, 2021