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One more death related to COVID-19; hospitalizations rise to 31

APRIL 29 – While active high-risk setting COVID-19 cases have dropped, hospitalizations have risen to 31, from 23 on Wednesday and one more death has been recorded (Now 54 since the pandemic began). Four people are requiring intensive care.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health records 93 new and 468 high-risk setting cases since Wednesday.

APRIL 27 – Active high-risk setting COVID-19 cases have risen to 528 with 136 new cases since Monday. There are three fewer outbreaks, now 16 in Hastings Prince Edward counties and 23 people are in hospital, three requiring intensive care.

APRIL 25 – COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to 26 over the weekend, from 18 on Friday. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health also reports an additional death related to the pandemic.

Active high-risk setting cases are also up with 209 new cases, for an active case load of 495, up from 435 Friday.

Outbreaks in high-risk settings remain at 19.

APRIL 22 – Hastings Prince Edward Public Health tallied 139 new high-risk setting cases over the past two days but with recoveries the active high-risk setting case load dropped to 435.  Three more outbreaks were recorded – including one at a congregate living setting in Prince Edward County. There are now seven outbreaks in congregate living settings in the County, affecting 57 cases. There are 18 people in hospital, three requiring intensive care.

As the province continues through the sixth wave of COVID-19, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced Friday he is maintaining the existing provincial masking requirements in select higher-risk indoor settings until June 11. They were set to expire April 27.

Masks will continue to be required in the following locations:
public transit; health care settings (e.g., hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics that provide health care services, laboratories, specimen collection centres, and home and community care); long-term care homes;
retirement homes; and shelters and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals.

APRIL 20 – Reflecting one week of activity due to no reporting over the holidays, Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recorded one death and 336 new high-risk setting COVID cases, but the active case load dropped to 464, from 497 last Wednesday.

There are more people in hospital, 19 as of today (15 last Wednesday) with three people requiring intensive care.

There are three fewer outbreaks ongoing – including five outbreaks at congregate living facilities in Prince Edward County, affecting 43 cases.

Reported as of today, 89 per cent of Hastings Prince Edward counties residents (over age five) have received a first vaccine; 83 per cent a second dose and 55 per cent a third dose. Fourth doses are not being recorded.

Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being held at the Prince Edward Community Centre (PECC, 375 Picton Main Street) on the following dates:
Tuesday, April 26, 11 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, April 27, 11 am – 6 pm
Thursday, April 28, 11 am – 6 pm
Friday, April 29, 11 am – 6 pm

People aged five and over who are eligible for their first, second, third, or fourth dose of the vaccine are welcome.

Fourth doses are available if: Your last dose was at least three months (84 days) ago AND you are 60+ years old OR you are First Nations, Inuit or Métis, OR you are immunocompromised.

APRIL 13 – Another death related to COVID-19 has been recorded by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, bringing the toll to 51 since the pandemic began two years ago. High-risk setting cases have increased to 497, with 170 new cases added since Monday. There are 15 people in hospital, three in intensive care.

Today’s update notes 89 per cent of the Hastings Prince Edward population over age five has received a first dose; 83 per cent a second dose and 54 per cent a third vaccination.

Prince Edward County seniors aged 70+ can book an appointment at a special COVID-19 booster vaccination clinic at the Prince Edward Community Centre, 375 Main St., Picton on Monday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic is for seniors eligible for their third or fourth booster. Fourth shots can be taken three months after the third dose. To book your appointment, call Jane at the municipal office 613-476-2148, ext. 5003. Bookings are taken by telephone only.

Eligible residents can also book a booster/fourth dose appointment at select clinics in:
Belleville and Picton using the provincial booking site, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.

APRIL 11 – High-risk setting COVID-19 cases have increased to 469, with 148 cases added over the weekend. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has recorded another death, but taken one away due to updated data, leaving the toll since the pandemic began, at 50. There are five more people in hospital, now 21, with four receiving intensive care.

APRIL 8: Another death related to COVID-19 has been recorded by Hastings Prince Edward Public health – now 50 deaths in the region since the pandemic began two years ago. Active cases in high-risk settings increased to 464 Friday, with 142 new cases added since Wednesday. Due to limited testing, the case numbers are a small indication of the true case load – now reported to be approximately 120,000 cases daily in Ontario.

Here, 16 people are in hospital, three in intensive care. Fourteen outbreaks continue, though this morning, Public Health also reported cases with a staff member and resident in the Whispering Pines unit at H.J. McFarland Home in Picton.

APRIL 6: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has recorded one more death related to COVID-19 – now 49 since the pandemic began two years ago. Active cases in high-risk settings have soared to 413 with 196 cases added since Monday. Hospitalizations are down by two since Monday, now at 18, with two people in intensive care.

There are also four more high-risk setting outbreaks, now 14 – mostly in Belleville and Quinte West with two in Picton continuing, at the hospital and at MLP.

APRIL 4: More hospitalizations and high-risk setting cases continue to be reported by Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

There were 158 new high-risk setting cases for an active tally of 340 cases. There are now 20 people in hospital, two in intensive care.

Outbreaks remain in 10 high-risk settings, including three cases at Picton hospital’s inpatient unit and two cases at the MLP retirement residence. The remainder are in Belleville and Quinte West.

APRIL 1: With the province in its sixth wave of COVID-19, an outbreak was declared at Picton Memorial Hospital’s inpatient unit – with two cases. There are now 18 people in hospital in the region, related to COVID-19, up from 17 on Wednesday and one more person is in intensive care, now three people since Wednesday.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health reports 116 new cases in high-risk settings, putting the active high-risk setting case load at 299, from 251 Wednesday. With recoveries, the number of outbreaks has been reduced to 10 from 11. The other outbreak in the County is at the MLP Residence; the remainder in Belleville and Quinte West.

Dr. Peter Jüni, head of the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, says the effects of easing public health measures in the past few weeks (no mask mandates and gathering limits) is being seen in an expected resurgence of cases.

He noted the province sees a steep increase in wastewater examination, helpful for experts to project virus transmission in specific areas. The science table estimates the real number of COVID-19 cases is roughly 30,000 to 35,000 cases daily.

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    According to the news reports, Dr. Moore did not have a media conference for over 4 weeks, due to being away on vacation. I really don’t care where or what he was doing during those 4 weeks, the point I was making is that he was “missing in action” during a critical period of time. If he was unavailable, why wasn’t there someone else to fill in? With kids returning to school, hospitals filling up, and more infections daily, our provincial government remained silent. Not good enough.

  2. B Wilder says:

    Dr. Moore took a one week vacation..not 4 weeks (but had not held a media conference for four weeks)

  3. Dennis Fox says:

    I just read that our local Board of Education has issued a warning that they might have to make changes in our schools due to the high number of absences relating to COVID. I also read another article saying much the same thing about hospitals across the provinces – where so many doctors and nurses are off sick too.

    I hesitate in making this into a political statement (it would be all too easy) – but at some point our government has to stop treating the public like lab rats and start paying attention to the science, delivered by someone who is on the job and not away on vacation for the past month.

  4. Administrator says:

    First Nations Inuit and Metis

    As recently announced by the province, eligibility for a fourth dose (booster) of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines has expanded to include the following individuals (recommended 140 days/five months after their third dose) as of April 7:

    Individuals 60 and older who have had three doses of Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine;
    First Nations Inuit and Metis (FNIM) residents, and their non-Indigenous household members 18 and older who have had three doses of Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

  5. Sharon Jane Kleinsteuber says:

    what does FNIM stand for?

  6. Administrator says:

    The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health vaccine booking web page

    states clinics are being held at its Belleville and North Hastings offices by appointment and also at participating pharmacies. (No Frills and Pharma Plus listed for Picton)

    140 days after your third dose for those 60 plus and FNIM; or
    84 days for those who are immunocompromised.

  7. Dennis Fox says:

    The Province announced that those over the age of 60 were eligible for the fourth(4th) vaccine. Does anyone know where we can get this shot? The last I heard was the the clinics have closed.

  8. Dee says:

    You are right Dennis. The decision to throw the doors wide open was purely political….in preparation for the June election. No one wants a premier that tells you to stay at home and tasks businesses with health protocols. The loudest complainers have been younger generations. That is a demographic that is attractive in this election.

    The schools are reeling with COVID cases, but no one knows because there is no tracking. HPESB does not require students to stay at home if a member of family has COVID unless they demonstrate symptoms and test positive. The spread has already occurred. The honour system. Whereas Loyalist College takes the alternate position. Covid in your home, you are not allowed to attend .

    Even N95 masks and sanitizing is not helping. Teachers are getting it anyways. So much for getting the educational system up and running again. And finally, after promised two years ago, PECI finally just received their hepa filters …too little too late?

  9. B Wilder says:

    Testing has absolutely no effect on numbers of infections. It is only a measure of quantity. Virus spreads when viral hosts are together. Thus isolation of potential hosts from current hosts can lead to a reduction in infection. Masks, properly worn can assist as a line of defence. Vaccination causes the body to adapt by producing antibodies so that if infected the host has a sort of running start at combating the infection. Sure, we are all tired of this pandemic and we are all tired of masking, but don’t kid yourself. The virus is still out there. It is still infecting people and people are still dying. If Dennis Fox’ comment tells us anything it reminds us that people can be infected, not be showing signs of infection but be capable of transmitting the virus to others.

  10. Ryan says:

    At the end of the day, this has to end one way or the other.
    From the start they wanted us to get the vaccine, most of us have done it three times. Yet, it is never enough.

    The best we can do is stay home when we feel unwell, Wear masks in highly populated areas, continue to wash our hands and sanitize.

    The numbers have always been up and down, the main problem that can help keep infections and transmission low is having more Rapid tests and drive in testing centers opened.

    Keep safe everyone.

  11. angela says:

    The decision to lift restrictions was purely political. The numbers are rising and will continue to increase. We are about to take a step backward and being vaccinated is no guarantee that we will stay safe.

  12. Michelle says:

    The Covid virus is everywhere right now in PEC. Masking is as important now as ever particularly in crowded areas and stores such as pharmacies where sick people attend all the time. Not preaching, just saying masks have proved to be a valuable defence.

  13. Dennis Fox says:

    I have to admit that I am feeling a bit angry right now at myself and about the reopening and the relaxing of restrictions in such a quick manner. After two years of being careful and being considerate of others, I rejoined my gym in town and within a week or so, I tested positive! The only time I had my mask off was when using the treadmill or bike – yes catching the virus can happen this quickly.

    This is not what a guy my age wants – plus I made my wife sick as well. I can tell you, it isn’t fun. Fortunately, we are fully vaccinated and will recover. Just be aware that this virus is still very much out there and it spreads very easily and knocks you for a loop!

    We need to understand that the lifting of restrictions was going to happen – but it was more of a political decision than a medical one. Protect yourself accordingly.

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