All long term care homes in Prescott-Russell have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
All long term care homes in Prescott-Russell have received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Final vaccines arrive at long term care homes

Stephen Jeffery
EAP
Residents at all of Prescott and Russell’s long term care homes have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The last long term care homes in the area were visited in a vaccination blitz across the Eastern Ontario Health Unit area over the past week. Twenty-two long term care facilities and retirement homes were visited and more than 800 vaccines were distributed over the weekend.

The last long term care facility to be visited for the second dose in Prescott-Russell was the Prescott and Russell Residence in Hawkesbury, which experienced one of the worst outbreaks in the region last year. In addition to the second doses for long term care homes, the first round of vaccines were also been distributed at Carillon Manor in Chute-à-Blondeau, Caledonia Manor in Saint-Isidore, Résidence Simon and Rockland Manor in Rockland, Centre d'accueil Mon Chez Nous in Lefaivre, Villa Fleur-Ange, Le Pavillon and Le Genesis in Embrun, Pension du Bonheur and Auberge Plein Soleil in Alfred, and Villa St-Albert.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said the new vaccinations were an exciting development. He said staff members who had missed out on the first or second dose of the vaccine would receive their doses in the coming days or weeks at six sites across the region.

“Our teams partnered with our EMS partners have done an incredible job,” he said. “We will be in a position very shortly to start with the 80-and-over individuals for vaccination.”

The vaccinations coincided with a small number of new cases across the region over the weekend. Twelve new cases were reported between Saturday and Sunday, while the active case numbers dropped between Friday and Monday from 130 to 106. The weekend was the first since the region left the province-wide lockdown and returned to the orange “restrict” zone. Dr. Roumeliotis said he would monitor the numbers before advising any change in the region’s colour.

“Our numbers are actually looking pretty good,” he said. “We’re really at the border between yellow and orange. We’ve been holding steady now for about 10 days.

Outbreaks

A staff outbreak continued at Manoir Carillion in Chute-à-Blondeau. A small staff-related outbreak was declared over at Centre d'Acceuil Roger Segin    in Clarence Creek last Wednesday, while another was declared over at Valoris-211 Russell Road in Cheney on Friday.

As of Monday, no outbreaks had been reported at Prescott-Russell schools. One student case was recorded at École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Trinité in Clarence-Rockland, while there was one staff case at École secondaire catholique régionale de Hawkesbury.

Three people remained in hospital with COVID-19, though none were in intensive care.

The region

Of the 106 active cases in the EOHU area on Monday, 24 were in Prescott-Russell communities, including:

  • 6 in Alfred-Plantagenet; 
  • 5 in The Nation;
  • 4 in Champlain;
  • 4 in Clarence-Rockland;
  • 2 in Casselman; 
  • 2 in Hawkesbury;
  • 1 in Russell, and;
  • 0 in East Hawkesbury.