There were 133 active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) as of Tuesday, March 2, 2021. On Monday, March 1, there had been 129 active cases.
On March 2, there were seven COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s territory in hospital, and zero patients were in intensive care.
The number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 across the area served by the EOHU as of Tuesday had increased to 68 from 67 the previous day.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis explained on Monday that 93 per cent of the COVID-19 test results from employees at the St-Albert Cheese Cooperative had come back and all were negative. Last week, three of the first four cases of a COVID-19 variant had been diagnosed in employees at the cheese factory.
The St-Albert outlet store and cheese factory have reopened.
Roumeliotis has assured he public that there was no risk to cheese factory customers and that St-Albert products are safe to eat.
The EOHU reported that as of March 1, 7,274 people across its jurisdiction had been vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Roumeliotis, the EOHU has been completing the remaining vaccinations of residents and employees at long-term care facilities and retirement residences across its territory.
During the previous weekend, vaccination clinics were held in Rockland, Casselman, and Cornwall for health care workers.
In addition to receiving continued deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine, Roumeliotis said that a “substantial shipment” of the Moderna vaccine to the EOHU is expected in the coming weeks. He is also optimistic about the approval of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine in Canada and the pending approval of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which has already been approved in the United States.
School and childcare facility cases
There were active cases of COVID-19 connected with the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction as of March 2:
One staff member at École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury
One student at Glengarry District High School in Alexandria
One student at École élémentaire catholique St-Joseph in Wendover
One student at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Trinité in Clarence-Rockland
One student at École élémentaire catholique de l’Ange-Gardien in South Glengarry
One student at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School in Cornwall
One individual at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School
One student at T.R. Léger School of Adult and Continuing Secondary Education in Cornwall
One Student at Rothwell-Osnabruck Elementary School in South Stormont
There were zero cases of COVID-19 connected with childcare facilities under EOHU jurisdiction as of Tuesday.
Long-term care outbreaks
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 as of March 1:
Rideau Place in Hawkesbury
The Palace Long-Term Care in Alexandria
Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge in Cornwall
Woodland Villa in Long Sault
Iakhihsohtha Lodge in Akwesasne
Orange zone in effect
The EOHU’s territory will remain as an orange zone under the Ontario government’s COVID-19 restriction system. The full details of the orange zone restrictions are listed on the EOHU website at: https://eohu.ca/en/covid/covid-19-response-framework .
As of March 2, there were 966 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario. According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 10,546 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of March 2.
There were 677 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Tuesday. Out of those patients, 284 were in intensive care, and 189 patients were on ventilators.
There had been 6,986 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of March 2, which was an increase of 11 deaths from March 1.