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10 cases in PEC; active COVID-19 cases at 87

APRIL 30: Twelve new COVID-19 cases are reported with four new in Prince Edward County, seven in Belleville and one in Centre Hastings.

With nine recoveries, the active cases remain at 87, including: 10 in Prince Edward County, 50 in Belleville, 17 in Quinte West, six in Centre Hastings, three in Deseronto and one in North Hastings.

There are 20 people in hospital, eight in ICU and three on a ventilator. (Not all cases are residents). Five outbreaks continue in Belleville and Prince Edward County, affecting 24 cases.

There have been 6,915 residents in HPE vaccinated in the last seven days for a total of 55,824, or about 33 per cent of the population.

HPE Public Health is asking residents to be patient.

While the province has lowered eligibility for booking vaccines to individuals 55 and older, HPEPH states it can only administer the amount of vaccines received in the region each week. (Eligibility through pharmacies for the vaccines is 40+)

“Unfortunately, this means that being eligible to book does not guarantee that an appointment will be available right away. It is anticipated that local supply will increase near the end of May, and HPEPH will be able to offer more appointments each week.”

Eligible individuals are encouraged to continue checking Ontario.ca/bookvaccine as new clinic dates are added frequently. Certain individuals in the highest risk priority groups are eligible to register on HPEPH’s standby list, if you are unable to access an appointment.

APRIL 29 – There were 12 new COVID-19 cases recorded in the region. With eight recoveries, total cases rose to 87.

There are 21 people in hospital, eight in ICU and four on ventilators. One outbreak has cleared, leaving four – in Belleville and PEC, representing 24 cases.

The new cases include six in Quinte West, five in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County. The total active cases include 45 in Belleville, 21 in Quinte West, nine in Centre Hastings, seven in Prince Edward County, three in Deseronto and two in North Hastings.

There have been 54,711 residents in the region who have received a first vaccine – about 32 per cent of the population.

APRIL 28 – There were 13 new COVID-19 cases and six recoveries reported, rising the case load to 84 and putting the total case load since last year to 907.

There are 20 people in hospital, seven in ICU and four on ventilators. There are also two new outbreaks in Belleville added to the current two there and one in Prince Edward County – affecting a total of 21 cases. Five of the new cases relate to the outbreak yesterday at Belleville General Quinte 5 unit.

All these cases are not local residents as Quinte Health Care is caring for people outside of the area in support of the provincial directive.

This month there have been 54 COVID-positive patients in QHC’s four emergency departments and 48 people were admitted. (From March 2020 to March 2021 the four QHC hospitals cared for 19 patients with the virus). There have been 18 people in intensive care. Three patients, two of them local residents, have died of the virus while in hospital this month – two were over 70 years of age, one was between ages 30-39.

QHC has stated though numbers change daily, projections indicate the need for intensive care and beds could double by mid-May.

APRIL 27: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recorded a ninth death today, related to the coronavirus. The death is the fourth this year; five were recorded last year early in the pandemic. There were 14 new COVID-19 cases and eight recoveries reported. The active case load rises three to  79.

There are 16 people hospitalized, eight in ICU and four on a ventilator. There have been 10 more variants of concern cases recorded.

The new cases include nine in Belleville, three in Quinte West and one each in North and Central Hastings. Of the active recorded, there are 43 in Belleville, 14 in Quinte West, 12 in Centre Hastings, five in Prince Edward County, three in North Hastings and two in Deseronto.

There have been 52,070 HPEC residents who have received their first vaccination – about 31 per cent.

APRIL 26: Nine new COVID-19 cases were reported – seven in Belleville and one each in Centre and North Hastings. With 10 recoveries, the active case load drops to 76.

Hospitalizations have increased, with 17; eight in ICU and four on a ventilator.

Of the active cases, 39 are in Belleville, 14 in Quinte West, 13 in Centre Hastings, five in Prince Edward County, three in North Hastings and two in Deseronto. One outbreak in Belleville has been declared over, leaving two in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County, affecting 14 cases.

There have been 51,481 HPEC residents vaccinated with their first dose of the vaccine – about 31 per cent of the population. About two per cent have been fully vaccinated.

APRIL 25 – Nine new COVID-19 cases reported – six in Belleville, two in Quinte West and one in Prince Edward County. With 14 recoveries, the active case load drops to 79.

Active cases include 39 in Belleville, 16 in Quinte West, 13 in Centre Hastings, six in the County, three in North Hastings and two in Deseronto.

There are 17 people in hospital, six in ICU and two on ventilators. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health notes hospitalizations, ICU and ventilator counts may include people who reside outside of the region.

The four continuing outbreaks, in Belleville and Prince Edward County, affect 15 people.

There have been 51,207 HPE residents who have received a first dose vaccination – about 30 per cent of the population.

APRIL 24: There were 18 new cases and 12 recoveries making the number of active cases rise to 86. Four are in Prince Edward County, eight in Belleville, two in Quinte West and four in Centre Hastings.

A new workplace outbreak was declared yesterday in Belleville (two people). Two others continue in Belleville (four people) and one in the County (six people).

There are also more people in hospital (though the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard notes some cases may be people who reside outside the region). There are 17 in hospital, six in ICU and two using a ventilator. There have been 261 variants of concern and 866 total cases since last year.

There are now 41 cases in Belleville, 17 in Centre Hastings, 15 in Quinte West, six in Prince Edward County, four in North Hastings and three in Deseronto.

There have been 50,733 residents vaccinated with their first dose – still at about 30 per cent of the population.

APRIL 23: Six new COVID-19 cases reported and more people are in hospital.

There are now 13 people in hospital, five in ICU and two on a ventilator. The active case load dropped one to 82.

Of the new cases, four are in Belleville and two in Quinte West. Of the 82 active cases, 38 are in Belleville, 17 in Quinte West, 13 in Centre Hastings, six in North Hastings, four each in Deseronto and Prince Edward County. Three outbreaks continue, in Belleville and the County, affecting 10 cases.

HPEPH states 30 per cent of the region, 49,743 residents, have been vaccinated with first doses.

APRIL 22: Ten new COVID-19 cases were recorded, but with 12 recoveries, the Hastings Prince Edward active case load drops to 83.

Eight new cases in Belleville and two in Centre Hastings were posted on the HPEPH dashboard. There are now 40 cases in Belleville, 16 in Quinte West, 12 in Centre Hastings, six in North Hastings and five in Prince Edward County. Three outbreaks continue, affecting 10 people. Two are in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County.

There are 12 people in hospital, two in ICU and one on a ventilator.

There have been 45,188 residents who have received a first dose of vaccine. Due to unanticipated shortages in local vaccine supply due to reallocation to hot spots and supply chain delays, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health community vaccination clinics are unable to take place:
April 26 in Belleville & Trenton, April 29 in Picton and April 30 in Belleville.

APRIL 21 – Nine new COVID-19 reported in Hastings Prince Edward. With 19 recoveries, the active case load has dropped to 86.

There were five in cases in Centre Hastings, and two each in Quinte West and Belleville. Of the 86 active cases, there are 36 in Belleville, 18 in Quinte West, 13 in Centre Hastings, nine in Prince Edward County and six in North Hastings. There have been seven more variants of concern, for a total case load of 244.

Twelve people are in hospital, four in ICU and two on a ventilator.

One more outbreak has been cleared, leaving two in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County, affecting seven cases.

There have been 55,720 vaccinations given. About 27 per cent of Hastings Prince Edward residents have received their first dose. Two per cent – 3,582 people – are fully vaccinated.

The HPEPH dashboard breaks down does and locations. It indicates 39,361 peole have received their first dose in the region and 2,942 people have received a second dose in the region for a total of 42,303.

It reports 5,827 residents were vaccinated with a first dose outside of HPEC and 640 received their second dose for a total of 6,467.

There have been 6,885 non-HPEC residents vaccinated with a first dose here; 65 with a second dose, for a total of 6,950.

APRIL 20: 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported but active cases have dropped to 97 with 16 recoveries from yesterday.

There are 12 people in hospital, four in ICU and two on ventilators. There are 13 more variants of concern recorded, for a total of 237.

Of the new cases, four are in Belleville, three in Centre Hastings, two in North Hastings and one each in Quinte West and Deseronto. The 97 active cases include 43 in Belleville, 19 in Quinte West, 14 in Prince Edward County, eight in Centre Hastings, seven in North Hastings and six in Deseronto.

Four outbreaks continue – three in Belleville declared earlier this month and related to six cases; and one in a Prince Edward County workplace declared yesterday and related to three cases.

There have been 53,889 vaccine doses administered to about 30 per cent of the region’s population.

APRIL 19 – An eight death linked to the COVID-19 virus was reported by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

A new workplace outbreak was posted April 19 in Prince Edward County, attributing connection with three cases. Three outbreaks in Quinte West continue, affecting six people.

Five new cases were recorded, and with 12 recoveries, the active case numbers dropped again, to 103.

The new cases included four in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County. The 103 active cases include 54 in Belleville, 21 in Quinte West, 14 in Prince Edward County; five each in Deseronto and North Hastings and four in Centre Hastings.

There are 14 people in hospital, six in ICU and one on a ventilator. There have been five more variants of concern, for a total of 224 cases to date.

There have been 51,678 vaccine doses administered. About 29 per cent of the region’s population has had one dose of vaccine.

Visit the HPEPH dashboard at https://hpepublichealth.ca/covid-19-cases/

APRIL 18: There were 11 new COVID-19 cases, but with recoveries, active cases have dropped to 114 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are 12 people in hospital, five in ICU and one on a ventilator.

The new cases include: five in Belleville, four in Quinte West, and one each in Prince Edward County and Centre Hastings .

The active cases include 58 in Belleville, 23 in Quinte West, 16 in Prince Edward County, six each in North and Centre Hastings and five in Deseronto.

Four outbreaks still active in Belleville and Quinte West affect 12 cases.

APRIL 17: Nine new cases were recorded bringing total cases over the pandemic to 804, but with recoveries, active cases have dropped to 115.

Four new cases were reported in Belleville, two in Quinte West, and one in each of Prince Edward County, Deseronto and North Hastings.

There are 13 people in hospital, six in ICU and one on a ventilator.

The 115 active cases are: 58 in Belleville, 21 in Quinte West, 16 in Prince Edward County, nine in Centre Hastings, six in North Hastings, five in Deseronto.

Four outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West remain, affecting 12 cases. There have been 212 variants of concern.

There have been 50,146 vaccine doses administered – now 28 per cent of the population has received one dose. Two per cent has received two doses.

APRIL 16 – Hastings Prince Edward reported 15 new cases today – the 17th consecutive day of double-digit increases – but the active case load, with recoveries, has been dropping this week and is now at 134. Outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West have also dropped to four, affecting 12 cases.

Hospitalizations have increased and now show 14 people in hospital, six in ICU and one on a ventilator.

Of the new cases, eight are in Belleville, three in Quinte West, two each in Deseronto and North Hastings.

The 134 active cases include 68 in Belleville, 24 in Quinte West, 18 in Prince Edward County, 12 in Centre Hastings and six each in Deseronto and North Hastings.

There have been 48,431 vaccine doses administered. About 27 per cent of the population has received its first dose (45,160). Two per cent is fully vaccinated.

APRIL 15: There were 20 new cases recorded, but with recoveries, the active case load has dropped to 148 in Hastings Prince Edward County. Outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West have been reduced to five, accounting for 26 cases.

Rising, are the number of hospitalizations, now at 13 with five in ICU and one on a ventilator. Variants of concern have reached 187 cases.

Of the 20 new cases, 10 are in Belleville, three each in Prince Edward County, Quinte West and Centre Hastings, and one in North Hastings.

There are now 75 active cases in Belleville, 31 in Quinte West, 17 in Prince Edward County, 12 in Centre Hastings, seven in Deseronto and six in North Hastings. In addition, the Tyendinaga website is reporting one active case as of today.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reports 46,578 vaccines have been administered to about 26 per cent of the population.

APRIL 14: Double-digit new cases continue to be recorded but with recoveries, the active case load number is going down in Hastings Prince Edward counties.

There were 13 new cases today – five in Belleville, four in Deseronto, two in North Hastings and one each in Prince Edward County and Quinte West.

There are now 150 active cases: 73 in Belleville, 32 in Quinte West, 18 in Prince Edward County, 12 in Centre Hastings, five in North Hastings, nine in Deseronto and one in Tyendinaga. There have been 155 variants of concern recorded.

Nine people are in hospital, four in ICU and one on a ventilator. Six outbreaks continue in Belleville and Quinte West, affecting 26 cases.

APRIL 13: Though there were 21 new COVID-19 cases recorded, recoveries keep the active case load at yesterday’s  tally of 160 in Hastings Prince Edward. Eight of the new cases are in Prince Edward County, eight in Belleville, two in Quinte West, two in North Hastings and one in Centre Hastings.

There are now 18 cases in the County, 76 in Belleville, 42 in Quinte West, 15 in Centre Hastings, three in North Hastings, five in Deseronto and one in Tyendinaga.

There are nine people in hospital, four in ICU and one on a ventilator.

One new outbreak has been declared at a congregate living facility in Belleville, though no case numbers are attributed on the Public Health dashboard as yet. Outbreaks continuing in Belleville and Quinte West locations include 25 cases.

There have been 43,318 vaccines administered with 40,094, or 24 per cent of the population, having received a first dose.

APRIL 12: There were 17 news COVID-19 cases added to the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard – eight in Quinte West, seven in Belleville and one in Prince Edward County (dashboard missing one case location).

There are 10 people in hospital, three people in ICU and one on a ventilator.

With recoveries, there are now 160 active cases – 72 in Belleville, 49 in Quinte West, 17 in Centre Hastings, 13 in Prince Edward County, five in Deseronto, two in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings.

The new cases are evenly spread over age groups. The active cases show 59 cases in people under age 29. There has been a tota of 149 cases listed as variants of concern.

The five outbreaks in Quinte West and Belleville continue, affecting 26 people. Twelve of the cases are related to a child care centre in Belleville.

There have been 41,953 vaccine doses, 7,870 given in the past seven days. About 23 per cent of the local population has received a vaccine.

APRIL 11: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reported 15 new COVID-19 cases – 11 in Belleville, three in Quinte West and one in Prince Edward County. There have been 141 variants of concern.

With recoveries, active cases are at 156. Since the pandemic began last March, there have been 711 cases, and seven deaths.

Active cases include 72 in Belleville, 44 in Quinte West, 17 in Centre Hastings, 13 in Prince Edward County, six in Deseronto, three in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings.

Seven people are in hospital, two in ICU and one on a ventilator. Five outbreaks, in Belleville and Trenton, continue, affecting 26 cases.

There have been 41,469 vaccine doses administered, 7,399 in the past seven days. Abou 23 per cent of the population has received a first dose.

APRIL 10: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has confirmed a seventh death related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No details were shown in the HPEPH dashboard Saturday. There were 10 new cases and 25 recoveries, dropping the active cases to 154. There are 120 variants of concern noted. Eight people are in hospital, three in ICU and two on a ventilator.

The new cases include five in Belleville, three in Centre Hastings and two in Quinte West. Active cases include: 64 in Belleville, 44 in Quinte West, 19 in Centre Hastings, 14 in Prince Edward County, eight in Deseronto and three in Tyendinaga (which is recording four on its website).

The seven-day case rate per 100,000 population is 83.7.

There have been 40,747 vaccinations, 7,255 in the past seven days. About 22 per cent of the population in the region has received a first dose and two per cent, a second dose.

APRIL 9: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases in the region. Variants of concern cases rose to 108, from 92 yesterday.

New cases include 11 in Belleville, four in Centre Hastings, two in Prince Edward County and one in Deseronto.

There are eight people in hospital, four in ICU and two on ventilators – though these numbers may include individuals who reside outside of the region but are admitted to local hospitals.

With 20 recoveries, there are now 169 active cases, down two from yesterday. One outbreak (one case at Richmond Retirement Home) has been declared over; five remain in Quinte West and Belleville, affecting 24 people. There are 70 cases in Belleville, 51 in Quinte West, 20 in Centre Hastings, 15 in Prince Edward County, eight in Deseronto and three in Tyendinaga (adding to 168, but Tyendinaga’s site reporting 4 cases as of April 8).

The HPEPH dashboard reports 39,316 vaccine doses administered.

APRIL 8: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases, though only 16 are showing on its dashboard – six in Belleville, four in Quinte West, three in Centre Hastings, two in Deseronto and one in Prince Edward County.

There are now 171 active cases (170 showing) with 65 in Belleville, 57 in Quinte West, 20 in Centre Hastings, 16 in Prince Edward County, eight in Deseronto, three in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings. However, the Tyendinaga web site page notes four active cases.

Variants of concern cases have jumped from 78 yesterday to 92 Thursday. There are two people hospitalized and none in the ICU. Six outbreaks continue in Belleville and Quinte West, remaining at 24 people affected.

There have been 37,987 vaccine doses administered, 6,562 in the last seven days. HPEPH reports first doses have been administered to 21 per cent of the population while second doses account for two per cent.

APRIL 7: There were 27 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hastings Prince Edward and despite recoveries, the case load has reached an all-time high in the region of 167.

A sixth outbreak was declared on Tri-Board bus number 499 with two cases connected. Five other outbreaks declared over the past nine days in Quinte West and Belleville, affecting 24 cases.

The new cases include 13 in Belleville, six in Quinte West, three in Prince Edward County and Deseronto and one each in Centre and North Hastings.

Active cases include 61 in each of Quinte West and Belleville, 17 in Centre Hastings, 16 in Prince Edward County, eight in Deseronto, three in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings. There have been 78 variants of concern reported.

Three people are in hospital and one person in ICU.

APRIL 6: Nineteen new cases were posted by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health – one in Prince Edward County, eight in Belleville, seven in Quinte West and three in Centre Hastings.

With recoveries, the active case load climbs to 148, with four people hospitalized and one in ICU.

There are now 12 cases in Prince Edward County, 57 in Quinte West, 52 in Belleville, 17 in Centre Hastings, six in Deseronto, three in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings.

With one case at The Richmond Retirement Home in Belleville, there are now five outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West, affecting 22 cases.

There have been 36,677 vaccines administered in the region with 3,183 fully vaccinated.

APRIL 5:  Another record-setting day for COVID-19 cases as 37 new were reported Monday in Hastings Prince Edward counties – 26 of which are in the 19 and under to 29 age groups.

It is the sixth day double-digit increases have been recorded. The region’s active case load is now 137. The seven-day case rate per 100,000 population has jumped to 68.8

The new cases include 17 in Belleville, 13 in Quinte West, three each in Prince Edward County and Centre Hastings and one in North Hastings.

Most of the new cases are reported to be with those aged 19 to 29 with transmissions cited as close contact, or pending. There are 19 cases related to four outbreaks in Quinte West and Belleville.

There are now 51 active cases in Trenton, 48 in Belleville, 15 in Centre Hastings, 11 in Prince Edward County, eight in Deseronto, three in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings.

Four people are hospitalized and one person is in ICU. There are 61 cases related to variants of concern. The total case load since the pandemic began is now at 609.

There have been 33,951 vaccine doses administered – 7,206 in the last seven days.

APRIL 4: Ten new COVID-19 cases have been added to the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard – but with recoveries, the total active cases stays at 107.

Of the new cases, two each are in Prince Edward County, Deseronto and Quinte West, three in Belleville and one in North Hastings.

There are now 39 cases in Quinte West, 35 in Belleville, 12 in Centre Hastings, nine in Deseronto, eight in Prince Edward County, and two each in North Hastings and Tyendinaga. Three people are hospitalized, two people are in ICU. There are 58 variants of concern.

Fifteen cases are related to four outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West.

The seven-day case rate per 100,000 population is 58.2, for a seven-day percentage positivity of 2.2 per cent.

There have been 33,877 doeses of vaccines administered – 7,470 in the last seven days.

UPDATE APRIL 3: Recent visitors to The Duke Pub (Belleville) are advised to seek testing for COVID-19.

Any individuals who were at The Duke Pub on the afternoon/evening of April 2, 2021 are:
Currently considered to be high risk contacts of the case.
Advised to self-isolate immediately, leaving only for the purpose of testing.
Advised to seek testing as soon as possible, and again on April 12, even if your first test is negative. Provide the investigation number 2238-2021-37424 to the testing centre.
APRIL 3: A fourth double-digit increase in as many days brings active COVID-19 cases to 107 in the region.

Twenty-two new cases were recorded Saturday – three in Prince Edward County, nine in Quinte West, five in Belleville, three in Centre Hastings and two in Deseronto.

There are now seven cases in Prince Edward County, 36 in Belleville, 38 in Quinte West, 13 in Centre Hastings, 10 in Deseronto, two in Tyendinaga and one in North Hastings. There are 44 variants of concern posted. Three people are in hospital and two are in ICU.

The seven-day case rate per 100,000 people is now at 55.2 with a seven-day positivity rate of 2 per cent (former red level). The seven-day average contacts per case is at 5.1.

A fourth outbreak (one person) was recorded today in Quinte West. There are now 13 cases related to outbreaks in Belleville and Quinte West.

There have now been 565 total cases, 449 recoveries and six deaths.

There have been 33,280 vaccines administered and 2,089 people have been fully vaccinated.

APRIL 2: Fourteen COVID-19 cases were reported – seven in Quinte West, four in Belleville, two Centre Hastings and one in Deseronto.

With 10 recoveries, there are now 89 active cases – 35 in Belleville, 31 in Quinte West, 10 in Centre Hastings, eight in Deseronto and four in Prince Edward County. There have been 41 variants of concern. The seven-day case rate per 100,000 population has soared to 52.2.

The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard shows two people hospitalized, two in the ICU.

Two outbreaks, at Trenton and Belleville continue with three cases each. A new outbreak of two cases was declared at a school/childcare facility in Belleville.

The case total since the pandemic began last year is now at 543 cases, with 445 recoveries and six deaths.

There have been 32,761 vaccines administered.

APRIL 1: There were 16 new COVID-19 cases recorded – six in Belleville, five in Quinte West, three in Centre Hastings and one in Prince Edward County.

There are now 84 active cases – 37 in Belleville, 24 in Quinte West, 10 in Centre Hastings, five in Prince Edward County and one in North Hastings. There is one person hospitalized, and one in ICU. There have been 30 variants of concern.

There are two outbreaks – one ongoing in Trenton with three cases and one new in Belleville with three cases. The seven day case rate per 100,000 is now 46.9 with a seven day percentage of positivity at 2.1. The seven day average contacts per case is 5.2.

The Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit advised earlier today at least three people who visited the City Belle Pub in Belleville have tested positive for COVID-19.

Individuals who were at the pub between March 20-29 are advised they may have had low-risk exposure. They are asked to seek testing and reference investigation number 2238-2021-37003.

Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the province pulled its “emergency break” and will go into shutdown mode beginning Saturday, April 3 for at least four weeks. Click here for details. 

Today, more pharmacy locations have been added for people aged 55 or older to get the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. With today’s expansion there are 700 pharmacy locations offering vaccines. The Ontario government states this number could reach approximately 1,500 by the end of April. Ontario is not using AstraZeneca vaccine for individuals under 55, while data is being reviewed by Health Canada.

By appointment only, local locations include Pharma Plus in Picton and Kelly’s Drug Store in Belleville, as well as pharmacies in Campbellford, Napanee, Kingston and Amherstview. Click here for the full Ontario government listings of locations and hours 

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  1. JennyD says:

    The ICUs are full of patients from outside of our jurisdiction. In the past few days, I’ve seen many Quebec, Alberta and BC license plates in Picton. I’ve also seen a double decker tour bus on Union St in Picton two days ago, with tinted windows and on the outside was labelled Lakeshore Tours. What’s going on?

  2. Administrator says:

    If you believe a business or accommodation operator is not following the order, call 613.476.2148 extension 2050.

    People housing emergency guests/essential workers or, if their STA is currently owner-occupied, are supposed to contact the County’s STA department to let them know in advance to avoid unnecessary enforcement calls.

  3. James says:

    Lockdown? There are three cars at an Airbnb across the street and I certain they are from Toronto. There was no one there until the lockdown started in Toronto. Local bylaw people say they do not respond to complaints. What gives with no protection for county folks?

  4. Gary says:

    Got it, thanks.

  5. Administrator says:

    The vaccination numbers of the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health dashboard https://hpepublichealth.ca/covid-19-cases/ are broken down into categories of residents vaccinated in HPEC, outside of HPEC and non HPEC residents vaccinated in HPEC. (Note: click on the vaccination tab to see the breakdowns)

  6. Gary says:

    The numbers that our Public Health show as vaccinated is not accurate to Hastings Prince Edward as people outside our Health Region are being vaccinated here. So not sure how many here have been jabbed.

  7. Henri Garand says:

    I wondered when politics would be linked to vaccinations. The CBC story, though detailed, would provide more insight if the hotspots and the five postal zones at issue were identified on a map. Perhaps the low-infection zones are surrounded by hotspots, and so their low stats will be a temporary anomaly. I note that manufacturing, warehouses, and big box stores dominate one area, and it may make sense to hold vaccine clinics in the vicinity even if the workers live elsewhere.

    However, I don’t remember anyone raising concerns about political favoritism when vaccines were being distributed in the County despite its low-infection rate. Would anyone have been pleased if Belleville and Quinte West had been given priority, or perhaps Liberal-represented Kingston?

  8. Dennis Fox says:

    I just read on the CBC site where they carried out an investigation into the hotspots that have been deemed a priority for vaccines. Turns out there are 7 ridings that are not hotspots, but they are represented by Conservative MPPs. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-vaccination-postal-code-hot-spots-1.5983155 So much for our Premier following the science and medical experts. And we wonder why the disease still spreads – it will never be controlled when vaccines are used to buy votes!

  9. jenn says:

    We can’t have it both ways. We need a european style lock down – means everything. Not this half in and half out style.

  10. kb says:

    No paid sick days means workers go to work with symptoms. Vaccinate ALL workers, teachers and children. Without them, the economy collapses. And finally, mobile clinics which were encouraged at the outset might get off the ground now.

  11. Chuck says:

    At this point in time the Covid Variant is wiinning the vaccination game. It’s stay home until we can arrange mass vaccines. Biggest concern in delay is if the virus mutates again making the vaccine non effective.

  12. Dennis Fox says:

    I agree the public are not kept well informed about the sources of this infection. I just read on the Quinte News site that HPE reported 150 new cases this week – but no info explaining how and from where. As I explained in a previous post, a day or two ago, we can’t blame this spread entirely on outsiders – I have seen a few examples of locals who are totally ignoring all common sense and business people still serving them. I don’t want us turning into mean spirited informers – but unless there is some kind of real protection for the public from such people, I see us having a very long hot summer – with a lot of sickness around us.

  13. H. Campbell says:

    All these new cases are alarming. There is no information how these cases happened, the method of transmission. We need to know so we can be alert. As we are in lockdown and not supposed to travel out of our own area, I wonder how the recent cases in PEC were transmitted? Can we assume that all are isolating? On Apr 6 we had 1 new case, the next day 3 new cases, today 2 more cases. How are they getting the virus if everyone is isolating? Can someone please fill in what is happening? Are we getting the virus from going shopping, or standing next to someone in the supermarket even with masks on? I am really baffled that we keep getting new cases. Please explain how these are happening!
    We need to know what are we doing wrong?

  14. SM says:

    Roughly 47% of the active cases on April 9 are under the age of 30. 26% of the active cases are under the age of 20. This is not blame casting, but it should be a wake up call to the younger age group that they are not immune!

  15. Dennis Fox says:

    Hello CountyProud – your experience is very similar to what I had – I don’t believe the slow roll-out is due to our local public health effort. Instead, after a bit of investigating, I found out that before any local changes to vaccine delivery can be made (like increasing the number of vaccine sites and increasing the staffing of them)- it has to be approved by the province! Just more levels bureaucracy to slow it all down. Compare this process in Ontario to the drive-throughs in Saskatchewan. And now Ontario hospitals have been ordered to stop all elective surgeries. Yes, Ontario is in trouble.

  16. Fred says:

    Picton Community Centre vaccination site doesn”t show up.

  17. CountyProud says:

    It’s all well and good to open up the age groups for vaccinations (and I don’t have a problem with that) however every site I check is booked solid for 3 months or more from Cobourg to Kingston. We are in the age group that sort of got skipped over (late 60s) too young for the first group and then the bookings got swamped with bookings when the age dropped drastically. We signed up on the HPE public health site, and waiting patiently to be advised only to learn that’s now how it works.

    For many, travelling anywhere to get the shot is not a viable option. PEC feels a bit forgotten honestly. 1 Pharmacy with AZ (and limited supply) and no other clinic unless you quality for what is available at the local community center. I’m terrified to go through another tourist season without some protection. Sorry, rant over.

  18. Kevin says:

    Since the Province took over the vaccination booking portal, any Ontarian can go anywhere in Ontario for a vaccination. Appointments are no longer taken care off by your local health unit. People can travel, for their shot, from “hot zones” during the “stay at home” order because vaccinations are considered essential medical travel. Try the booking line 1-888-999-6488.

  19. Administrator says:

    As of April 7, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reports there have been 36,677 vaccines administered in the region with 3,183 fully vaccinated. The link these numbers and other stats (but don’t see anything on rollout) is: https://hpepublichealth.ca/covid-19-cases/

  20. Dennis Fox says:

    I have heard that our Public Health Dept. will hold a media conference tomorrow. Perhaps then we will know more about the roll-out and how many have been vaccinated locally. I ma happy to hear that some have received the shot – but I still believe it is slow moving.

  21. angela says:

    It is a bit of a stretch to say that seniors are at ‘low risk’. Some are still waiting for their shots. One shot doth not full immunity make. Many seniors are not fully vaccinated and will be waiting for four months for their second shots.

  22. Gary says:

    Seniors in PEC have been pretty well looked after and they have low risk. Vaccines need to be directed to hot spots and mobile to large work centres.

  23. Dennis Fox says:

    I’m sure that once you are there, the process works fine – so I am happy to have that confirmed. Does anyone know how many vaccines are given daily? How many have been administered in PEC in total?

    I suspect from the news reports that more restrictions will be coming soon – lets hope that this means more vaccines as well.

  24. sm says:

    I received my vaccine today at the Picton Centre. Very well organized. Extremely friendly, helpful ‘staff’. Clearly a lot of volunteers. Absolutely no delays. Efficient, professional and compassionate. Thank you.

  25. ADJ says:

    I’m not impressed with the way these injections are being handled. Would it have been easier and more efficient to vaccinate the residents of each Ward/Township starting with the smallest population and moving up? Using the townhalls or church halls and teams of mobile needlers.A 2 or 3 day opportunity would allow seniors through to teens and younger if necessary. Using the voters list or some means of a head count would lessen the confusion of age categories, registration, and the wait time.
    Also I wondered if the Seniors homes were receiving their injection in house or required to travel and wait in sometimes long lines. Too stressful.

  26. LB says:

    We were in Picton on Saturday too. We went to the Metro. I honestly couldn’t tell who didn’t belong. The parking lot at Metro was busy. We made a couple of other stops in town. Didn’t see any tourists, at least I’m not sure if we did or not. Is there any way to accurately estimate the number of tourists in Picton on any given Saturday? The comment that it was like July for tourists is a very astonishing statement that I hope the most senior County officials will look into.

  27. Chuck says:

    I don”t know why they are not open. I also do not know how they get our new cases when the testing center is closed as well.

  28. Dennis Fox says:

    I just Googled the hours of operation for the Picton Vaccine Clinic – can someone confirm if these are correct? Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm – closed Saturday and Sunday.

    The reason for my question is that these operating hours don’t reflect an emergency situation – or have they changed due to the lockdown?

  29. Emily says:

    Disturbing numbers. And quite the lockdown! Traffic downtown Saturday was like the middle of July. If there is no accommodation, no dining, no booze, no events, why are they here?

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