There were 415 active cases of COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) as of Friday, April 23.

As of Friday, there were 29 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the EOHU’s territory and six of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 98 deaths due to COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU as of April 23.

Restrictions

The provincewide shutdown and stay-at-home order is to remain in effect for the entire province of Ontario.  The Ontario-Québec boundary is also closed to all but the most essential traffic.

Ontario statistics

As of April 23, there were 4,505 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario.  According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 41,735 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of Tuesday.

There were 2,287 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Friday.  Out of those patients, 818 were in intensive care, and 593 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 7,863 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of April 23, which was an increase of 34 deaths from April 22.

Vaccinations

As of April 23, 48,336 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the jurisdiction of the EOHU.

On April 23, vaccination eligibility in Ontario was expanded to include pregnant individuals.

Across Ontario, 4,400,674 vaccine doses had been administered, and 355,208 Ontario residents had been fully vaccinated by receiving both required doses as of April 23.

According to Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, 22,000 people had booked appointments at the EOHU’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics as of Thursday, April 22.

Roumeliotis said on Thursday that the EOHU is to find out its next allocation amounts of COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, April 24.  He said that a significant increase in the amount of Pfizer vaccine is expected.

Eight clinics per week for the next two weeks are scheduled across EOHU communities and eight local medical clinics have received doses to administer to patients.  Additional pharmacies are being added to those providing the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, including one in Rockland.  Pharmacies in Hawkesbury and Embrun are already providing COVID-19 vaccinations.  Vaccine doses are also being increased to doctor’s offices across the EOHU’s territory.  The Astra-Zeneca vaccine is now available to all Ontario residents aged 40 and greater at participating pharmacies.

Within the EOHU’s jurisdiction, Ontario residents 60 years of age and older may book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment using Ontario’s online booking system. In accordance with the latest recommendations, those booking will be given appointments for first and second doses, 16 weeks apart.

Across the EOHU’s territory, 34 vaccination clinics are scheduled until May 7 and 1,500 to 2,000 people may be vaccinated at each one.  Roumeliotis estimated on April 15 that up to 30,000 more people may be vaccinated by the first week of May.

The EOHU has launched an online pre-registration tool and asking all remaining individuals listed within the province’s Phase One priority populations, who have not yet been vaccinated or not yet booked an appointment, to pre-register. Pre-registration facilitates booking appointments quickly and easily as vaccine supply increases and more appointments become available.

Provincial Online Booking System

Ontario’s vaccine booking system is accepting vaccine bookings for individuals who will be turning 60 or older in 2021 (born in 1961 or earlier). Booking is available at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

The booking system will screen for eligibility based on age using health card information. Appointments can be made by an individual or with the help of family or an informal caregiver (note: family/informal caregivers born after 1961 cannot book an appointment for themselves at this time, however, they may use the EOHU Pre-Registration tool to pre-register for an appointment).

If you have a family member or provide care to someone who was born in 1961 or before, please encourage them to get vaccinated. Vaccinations will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at vaccine clinics being held across the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry; the United Counties of Prescott-Russell; and the City of Cornwall. Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who notify us of barriers preventing them from physically going to a clinic.

EOHU Pre-Registration Tool

Those who are not in the 60+ age group, but who are eligible for the vaccine based on the Phase 1 priority populations, must first pre-register using the EOHU online pre-registration tool at https://eohu.ca/en/covid/welcome-to-the-eohu-online-covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration-portal .

Once vaccine supply permits, those who have pre-registered will receive a code that will give them access to the provincial booking system.

Please note that pre-registration does not guarantee that you will get an appointment immediately. You may not get your appointment booking code for a week or longer, depending on vaccine supply.

Institutional outbreaks

The following hospitals, long-term care, retirement residences, and group home facilities under EOHU jurisdiction also had COVID-19 outbreaks as of April 23:

Residence St-Mathieu in Hammond

Residence Cartier in Bourget

Caressant Care Nursing Home in Bourget

Community Living-Lasalle in Cornwall

St-Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre –Complex Continuing Care side in Cornwall

Open Hands on Second Street in Cornwall

Open Hands on Gage Street in Cornwall

School closures

All schools in Ontario have switched to learning online indefinitely due to the significant number of new cases of COVID-19 among students in recent weeks.

EOHU COVID-19 case map, April 23, 2021

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit.