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164 active cases of COVID-19 under EOHU jurisdiction, more than 9,000 people now vaccinated

There were 164 active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) as of Friday, March 5, 2021.

On March 5, there were four COVID-19 patients from the EOHU’s territory in hospital, and one patient was in intensive care.

The number of deaths resulting from COVID-19 across the area served by the EOHU as of Friday was 68.

Vaccinations

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said on Thursday, that all second vaccination doses have been given to residents and employees of long-term care facilities under EOHU jurisdiction and that all first doses have been given to residents and employees of retirement homes.  COVID-19 vaccination clinics for essential health care workers and approved visitors are now taking place in Hawkesbury, Casselman, Rockland, Cornwall, and Winchester.  Hospitals across the EOHU’s territory are nearly finished vaccinating their staff.

As of Friday, March 5, all residents of the EOHU territory aged 80 or greater are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  On Thursday, Roumeliotis said that plans are being made to expand vaccination to other essential workers including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, teachers, and people with chronic health conditions.

According to Roumeliotis, the Ontario government is still determining how and where to use the recently approved Astra-Zeneca vaccine.  On Friday, the federal government announced it had approved the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for use in Canada.

The Astra-Zeneca vaccine has not been recommended for individuals aged 65 or greater.  However, Roumeliotis said that does not mean it is unsafe for people in that age group.  He explained that the test studies for the vaccine did not include a sufficient number of people in that age group to properly determine its effectiveness and safety.

As of March 5, 9,617 people across the jurisdiction of the EOHU had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 5:

Rideau Place in Hawkesbury

The Palace Long-Term Care in Alexandria

Chartwell McConnell in Cornwall

Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge in Cornwall

Woodland Villa in Long Sault

Iakhihsohtha Lodge in Akwesasne

School and childcare facility cases

There were active cases of COVID-19 connected with the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction as of March 5:

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 individual at Rockland District High School

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 staff member at Bishop Macdonell Catholic School in Cornwall

One individual at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

One student at North Stormont Public School

One student at Rothwell-Osnabruck Elementary School in South Stormont

One student at Morrisburg Public School

There were zero cases of COVID-19 connected with childcare facilities under EOHU jurisdiction as of Friday.

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 .

Across Ontario

As of March 5, there were 1,250 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario.  According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 10,378 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of March 5.

There were 643 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Friday.  Out of those patients, 280 were in intensive care, and 143 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 7,046 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of March 5, which was an increase of 22 deaths from March 4.

EOHU COVID-19 case map, March 5, 2021

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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