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Active COVID-19 cases plummet to 14 across Eastern Ontario Health Unit territory

The number of active COVID-19 cases among residents of the jurisdiction of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has declined dramatically.

On Tuesday, June 8, there were only 14 active cases of COVID-19 across the EOHU’s territory. On Monday, June 7, there had been 95 active cases.

There were six COVID-19 patients in hospital across the EOHU’s territory on Tuesday and three of those patients were in intensive care.

The number of deaths due to COVID-19 across EOHU jurisdiction was 107 as of June 8, an increase of one death from June 7.

Reopening

On June 7, Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen program would begin its first step on June 11, rather than June 14 as originally scheduled. The first step emphasizes outdoor activities, including limits on patio seating at restaurants and bars. Provincial parks and other overnight campgrounds will also be permitted to open.

However, police checkpoints entering Ontario at the boundary with Québec will remain in effect until June 16 as originally scheduled.

The province will remain in each step for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days, the following vaccination thresholds have been met, along with positive trends in other key public health and health system indicators, then the province will move to the next step:

  • Step 1: 60 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose.
  • Step 2: 70 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent vaccinated with two doses.
  • Step 3: 70 to 80 per cent of adults vaccinated with one dose and 25 per cent vaccinated with two doses.

The previous colour-coded regional green, yellow, orange, and red levels of measures have been discontinued in Ontario. The new approach of gradual reopening based on low cases and high vaccination rates will apply to the entire province instead of having different rules for different regions.

For complete details on step one of Roadmap to Reopen in Ontario, go to https://thereview.ca/2021/06/07/ontario-to-move-to-step-one-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-11/ .

Ontario statistics

There were 469 new, active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of June 8. According to calculations based on statistics from the Ministry of Health, there were 7,378 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario as of Tuesday.

There were 621 COVID-19 patients in hospital across Ontario as of Tuesday. Out of those patients, 481 were in intensive care, and 305 patients were on ventilators.

There had been 8,869 deaths due to COVID-19 across Ontario as of June 8, which was an increase of 18 deaths from June 7.

Vaccinations

As of June 8, 124,262 COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered across the jurisdiction of the EOHU which meant that 74.5 per cent of residents had received at least one dose.

Across Ontario, 10,267,613 vaccine doses had been administered, and 1,174,330 Ontario residents had been fully vaccinated by receiving both required doses as of June 8.

On June 7, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the EOHU is contacting people who received their first dose before March 15 to notify them they can book an appointment for a second dose.

Individuals who received their first dose before April 8 may now book a new appointment for the second dose sooner than originally scheduled.

Roumeliotis said on June 7, 43,000 appointment spaces are available for vaccination appointments at EOHU clinics up to July 9 and more will be added. On Monday morning, the 8,000 appointments which were available filled quickly.

Appointment booking is 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.

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

As of Tuesday, June 8, there were zero COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities, hospitals, retirement residences, and group home facilities under EOHU jurisdiction.

However, outdoor graduation and end-of-school year celebrations will be permitted.

School closures

All schools in Ontario have switched to learning online for the remainder of the school year.

EOHU COVID-19 case map, June 8, 2021

 

 

 

 

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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