EOHU COVID-19 testing positivity hits new low

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Monday’s COVID-19 update from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit showed an improvement in the test positivity rate, along with a slight increase in hospital admissions.

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The number of people hospitalized for treatment has risen by one to two since Friday.

The number of related deaths remained stable at 231 after a new one was announced on Friday. Ontario case count data updated Monday included information on this latest death, noting that it was a woman in her 70s who was tested May 27 and whose acquisition information listed had no known connection to any other confirmed case to have.

The test positivity rate reported by EOHU fell 1.2 percent since Friday, hitting a new low of 5.3 percent. This is because the number of people on which this rate is based increased slightly from an average of 24 people tested per day to an average of 28 people per day between June 2nd and 13th.

Ontario’s case count data, updated each morning, has assigned an additional 16 cases to EOHU since Friday’s update, for a total of 16,042. The Standard Freeholder continues to track and collect local COVID-19 data, including active cases in long-term care centres, as well as absenteeism reports for Cornwall/SDG schools. The data is available online here.

At a pharmacy (some may offer 5-11 shots):

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EOHU did not add any new COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes over the weekend or eliminate any of the three ongoing outbreaks. Provincial data on active cases in COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities was also flat from Friday.

Looking at school absenteeism data for Friday, four schools had student and staff absentee rates of 30 percent or more: TR Leger (79 percent), the panel of grades 7-8 at Seaway District High School in Iroquois (71 percent), who Grades 9-12 of Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (33 per cent) and grades 9-12 of Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall (32 per cent).

There were five schools with absenteeism between 20 and 30 percent. The data does not include the reason for absence.

EOHU reported an additional 292 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the region since its Friday update, bringing the total to 485,430 doses administered since January 12, 2021.

Book a COVID-19 assessment: Note that the permission to try was updated on April 11th.

  • Cornwall – 850 McConnell Ave. – call 343-475-0160
  • Shoppers Drug Mart – Cornwall Square, Alexandria, Embrun – Ages 2+ – Book Online
  • Akwesasne (Northern Territory residents only) – Call 613-575-2341 ext. 3220
  • Long Sault Pharmasave – 43 Long Sault Dr. – Ages 2 and up – book online or call 613-534-3777
  • Winchester – 515 Albert St. – call 613-801-2333
  • Pharmacie Notre Dame Pharmacy – 649 Notre Dame St., Unit 104 – Ages 5 and up – book online
  • Rockland – Visit website to determine and book eligibility
  • Jean Coutu Pharmacy, Rockland – 2246 Laurier St. – Ages 5 and up – book online or call 613-446-5054
  • Rockland Pharmacy – 2768 Laurier St. – Ages 4 and up – book online
  • Hawkesbury – 750 Laurier St. – Ages 2 and up, book online

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