There were 12 fewer active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) as of Tuesday, March 9. On Monday, March 8, there were 178 active cases of COVID-19, and on Tuesday there were 166.
As of March 9, 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 was unchanged at 68.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said that as of March 8, there were 15 active COVID-19 variant cases in people living across the EOHU’s jurisdiction. The exact variants are not yet known.
Orange zone in effect, but at the risk of red
Roumeliotis said on Monday that due to the recent upward trend in active cases of COVID-19 across the EOHU region, the health unit is at the threshold of becoming a red zone again under the Ontario government’s COVID-19 restriction system.
“It’s not going in the right direction,” Roumeliotis said.
The EOHU’s territory is currently an orange zone 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 9, 12,533 people across the jurisdiction of the EOHU had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Roumeliotis said on Monday that the Astra-Zeneca vaccine is being introduced as a pilot project in the Kingston, Toronto, and Windsor areas of Ontario.
According to Roumeliotis, people who receive a two-injection vaccine will be able to wait up to 16 weeks between injections, except for more vulnerable people living in long-term care and retirement residences.
Roumeliotis said that he was recently informed that the EOHU will soon be receiving 4,000 to 5,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines per week.
People aged 80 or older who receive home care are now eligible to be vaccinated. Next week, the EOHU is planning to begin allowing all other individuals aged 80 or older to be vaccinated.
Phase two of the vaccination project is to begin in April which will include people age 60 or greater, people with chronic health conditions, and people who have jobs they cannot do from home.
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 9:
Rideau Place in Hawkesbury
The Palace Long-Term Care in Alexandria
Baldwin House in Cornwall
Chartwell McConnell in Cornwall
Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge in Cornwall
Woodland Villa in Long Sault
School and childcare facility cases
There were active cases of COVID-19 connected with the following schools under EOHU jurisdiction as of March 8:
One student at École élémentaire catholique St-Joseph in Wendover
One student at Rockland Intermediate School
One student École intermédiaire catholique Pavillon L’Escale in Clarence-Rockland
One student at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Trinité in Clarence-Rockland
One student at Iona Academy in South Glengarry
One student at École élémentaire catholique de l’Ange-Gardien in South Glengarry
One student at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Cornwall
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 École élémentaire catholique Ste-Lucie in South Glengarry
One student at Rothwell-Osnabruck Elementary School in South Stormont
One student at Morrisburg Public School
There was one case of COVID-19 connected with a childcare facility under EOHU jurisdiction as of Tuesday in one child at South Glengarry Child Care Centre.
As of March 9, there were 972 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario. According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 11,223 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of Tuesday.
There were 689 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Tuesday. Out of those patients, 290 were in intensive care, and 184 patients were on ventilators.
There had been 7,083 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of March 9, which was an increase of six deaths from March 8.