CORNWALL – Active infections of COVID-19 are at the lowest point in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit region since the beginning of the second wave of the pandemic last fall.
Numbers published by the EOHU on June 14 show only 14 people are currently infected with the virus, six of those were diagnosed over the weekend.
All six new cases are from the Prescott-Russell area.
Cases decreased to these new lows as the province moved into Step One of its three-step reopening plan on June 11.
But the nearly two months of stay-at-home orders and closures are not the only reasons for the recent numeric decrease in the EOHU region.
A data “correction” lowered the reported cases for the region and the communities within it.
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of health for the EOHU said that the provincial Case and Contact Management system used to track COVID-19 cases miscounted some cases. That system was showing higher active cases than what should have been reported.
“Now when we do a search in the CCM, we ensure we put a specific filter in to ensure it doesn’t mix up some other data that is misinterpreted by CCM as active cases,” he explained. “To me what is important here is the trends.”
When asked by The Leader if the error was by the province or by EOHU staff, Roumeliotis said that they were looking at the issue.
“The CCM looked at other parameters and misinterpreted them. We were using the same filters all along and all of a sudden it happened. We’re not sure what happened but at this point we’ve corrected it and moving forward those are the accurate numbers.”
The good news in the data change is that overall infection numbers are lower than what was reported a week ago.
In South Dundas, there are no active cases of the virus, and there have been 80 people infected since the pandemic began. North Dundas also has no active cases and 133 total cases. South Stormont has no active cases, 303 total cases, and North Stormont also has no active cases and 123 total cases. The City of Cornwall still makes up more than one-quarter of the total cases since the pandemic began at 1,265. There is only one active case in the city.
Since the pandemic began, there have been 4,725 COVID-19 infections in the region.
The seven-day average of new infections has dropped to just four per 100,000 people for the EOHU region, and the reproductive rate is 0.49. Again these are the lowest numbers seen since October 2020.
Hospitalizations have also decreased, with two people in hospital, one in Intensive Care. Overall ICU capacity is at 53 per cent, A number not corrected was the number of deaths in the health unit region, which remains at 107 people.
More vaccine clinics continue to be added as supply arrives. The uptake on COVID-19 vaccines has been on the rise, primarily in those over 50-years old. Since vaccines became available six months ago, the EOHU has given out 139,129 doses.
Two clinics will operate in Morrisburg in the coming weeks. The first is on June 17 and the second on June 24 at the Morrisburg Arena.
Appointments for both clinics are already full.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader