Haldimand-Norfolk weekly COVID-19 count decreases

Provincial vaccine rollout expanded

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The weekly number of COVID-19 cases in Haldimand-Norfolk continues to decrease.

The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit reported on Monday 14 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

For the week ending May 2, there were 143 positive cases. That is down from the 166 reported for the week ending April 25 and also from the record 178 results for the week ending April 18.

Despite the decrease in new cases, active cases continue to increase. On Sunday, there were 283 active cases but by Monday that number had increased to 293.

Since the pandemic began last March, 2,335 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk, with 1,996 of those resulting in recovered cases.

There have been 41 deaths in the communities from the virus and there have been five people who had tested positive but died from complications attributed to other illnesses.

The health unit is approaching 40,000 vaccine doses administered. As of Monday, 39,657 doses of the vaccine have been administered with 3,955 people having completed their vaccine series.

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The health unit notes that data on vaccinations can be delayed up to 48 hours.

Phase 2 of the provincial vaccination rollout is underway and on Monday it was announced that those aged 50 and older (born in 1971 or earlier) are eligible.

Also, all individuals in Essential Workers Group 1 are eligible for the vaccination. Some of those in that group include employees working in school systems, workers responding to critical events, foster care agency workers, food manufacturing and distribution, agricultural and farm workers and cemetery workers.

The health unit has started to schedule appointments for people to receive their second dose of vaccine. Appointments, which will begin May 24,  will be based on the date the first dose was administered. All appointments are being handled by the health unit.

The health unit notes that it will not immediately have enough vaccine available for all eligible patients to book an appointment once they become eligible. Those eligible are asked to be patient and continue checking the booking portal.

The HNHU vaccine hotline is receiving up to 1,000 calls a day. Staff are responding as quickly as possible. Callers are asked to leave one message and wait for a reply before calling back.

The province is also offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in pharmacies and primary care settings to those aged 40 and older. Visit www.covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for more information.

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Visit www.hnhu.org/covid19vaccine/ for more information and for full details about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties.

On Monday, Public Health Ontario reported 3,436 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

There were also 16 deaths reported on Monday, bringing the total number of people who have died since the pandemic began 8,118.

As far as hospitalizations are concerned, there are 1,925 people receiving care with 889 of those people in intensive care units.

The province administered 53,880 doses of the vaccine on Sunday. There are now 5,378,249 people vaccinated and 375,905 who are fully vaccinated.

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