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10 new cases in Hastings Prince Edward; seventh death reported

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. Fred says:

    Picton Community Centre vaccination site doesn”t show up.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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/

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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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