There were 189 active cases of COVID-19 among residents of the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) as of Friday, May 14.

As of Friday, there were 11 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the EOHU’s territory and five of those patients were in intensive care.

There had been 103 deaths due to COVID-19 across the jurisdiction of the EOHU as of May 14.

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. The restrictions are in effect until June 2. Originally, the stay-at-home order and shutdown were to end on May 20, but on Thursday, May 13, provincial officials decided to extend it to allow COVID-19 cases to decrease further, allow vaccinations to increase, and to minimize the spread of COVID-19 over the Victoria Day long weekend.

“I think it was the right thing to do,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis.

Ontario statistics

There were 2,362 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of May 14. According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 28,069 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of Friday.

There were 1,582 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Friday. Out of those patients, 777 were in intensive care, and 560 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 8,431 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of May 14, which was an increase of 26 deaths from May 13.

Vaccinations

As of May 14, 79,818 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the jurisdiction of the EOHU.

Across Ontario, 6,771,128 vaccine doses had been administered, and 415,531 Ontario residents had been fully vaccinated by receiving both required doses as of May 14.

As of Friday, individuals aged 40 and older (born in 1981 or before) are eligible to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments in Ontario.  Individuals with certain chronic health conditions and people who cannot work from home are also eligible.

Appointment booking is also available directly through the provincial booking system at www.Ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Individuals who require assistance with booking can call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-888-999-6488.

Appointments can be made by an individual or with the help of someone. If you know someone who is part of an eligible group, please encourage them to get vaccinated. Those needing assistance with booking or getting to their COVID-19 vaccine appointment should visit our website to access local supports.

Roumeliotis is anticipating 30,000 more vaccine doses will be delivered to the EOHU before the end of June. On Thursday, he said the EOHU is currently in discussions with school boards about offering COVID-19 vaccinations to students.

Earlier in the week, Ontario suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine as a first dose due to concerns about recipients developing blood clots as a side effect. The AstraZeneca had been provided at selected pharmacies, but the supply had run out. Roumeliotis said the EOHU was awaiting notification from the Ministry of Health on if it would be receiving the Moderna vaccine for pharmacy use instead. He also reassured individuals who had already received their first dose of AstraZeneca that they would be receiving a second vaccine dose.

Standby list

To avoid vaccine wastage by ensuring as many individuals as needed are available to receive remaining doses at the end of a clinic, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is now extending the eligibility criteria for the standby list to individuals aged 18 or older who have not yet been able to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the EOHU region are operating efficiently and ethically to ensure that vaccine wastage is minimized. All vaccine doses at each site are planned for and allocated. Should doses remain at the end of a clinic due to missed or cancelled appointments, individuals on the standby list could be called in to receive the extra doses to avoid vaccine wastage at local clinics.

Individuals who receive their first vaccination using the Standby List are unable to immediately make an appointment for the second dose.

Institutional outbreaks

The following hospitals, long-term care, retirement residences, and group home facilities under EOHU jurisdiction also had COVID-19 outbreaks as of May 14:

Rockland Manor

Residence St-Mathieu in Hammond

Community Living-Lasalle in Cornwall

School closures

All schools in Ontario have switched to learning online indefinitely.

EOHU COVID-19 case map, May 14, 2021

Map: Eastern Ontario Health Unit