New COVID-19 cases double in Haldimand-Norfolk

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The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit saw a huge increase in its number of new COVID-19 cases, reporting on Wednesday 22 positive results in the past 24 hours.

The number of active cases in the area now stands at 118.

There were 11 positive cases reported on Tuesday and 106 active cases.

Since the pandemic began last March, 1,724 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk, with 1,562 of those resulting in recovered cases.

There have been 39 deaths in the communities from the virus and five people who had tested positive but died from complications attributed to other illnesses.

As far as area vaccinations are concerned, 21,979 doses have been administered in Haldimand-Norfolk with 1,768 of those completed. The health unit notes that data on vaccinations can be delayed up to 48 hours.

Phase 2 of the provincial vaccination rollout began last week.

Currently the HNHU is vaccinating those aged 70 and older as well as individuals with the highest-risk conditions defined by the Ministry of Health.

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Those aged 65 to 69 (born from 1952-56) can now add their names to a wait-list for potential end-of-the-day appointments due to cancellations and no-shows. Eligible individuals will only be contacted if there are available doses at end of the day at the various clinic locations.

Visit the online booking tool at www.hnhu.org/covid19vaccine/ for more information. Those who are unable to book online can call 519-427-5903 or email vaccine@hnhss.ca for help. There is also a provincial general inquiries hotline at 1-888-999-6488.

Full details about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties is available on the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit website.

The Grand Erie District School Board has reported numerous cases this week.

Elementary schools reporting new cases include Brantford’s Agnes Hodge, Branlyn, Cedarland, Mt. Pleasant, Russell Reid and Lakewood in Port Dover and Thompson Creek in Dunnville.

An outbreak was declared at Russell Reid on Tuesday.

Cedarland, Mt. Pleasant and Lakewood have gone to virtual learning. The other schools remain open.

Secondary schools reporting new cases include Brantford Collegiate Institute, Hagersville Secondary School, Brantford’s Pauline Johnson Collegiate and Caledonia’s McKinnon Park Secondary School.

An outbreak was declared at McKinnon Park on Tuesday.

All secondary schools remain open.

The Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board has reported new cases this week at Brantford’s Assumption College (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and Simcoe’s St. Joseph’s School (Monday).

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Both schools remain open.

The health unit declared an outbreak at Boston Creek Transport in Hagersville, the company announced on Tuesday night.

A public health management plan has been implemented by the health unit. No further details were released.

An outbreak was declared at Armstrong Milling Co. Ltd near Hagersville, the company said in a media release on Tuesday afternoon.

There have been three positive cases at the location. The first case was confirmed to be from an outside source. Two other people later tested positive.

The company says the HNHU has implemented a public health management plan at the site.

The following are reported Haldimand-Norfolk outbreaks at schools, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, congregate setting and workplaces; the date the outbreak was declared; and the number of people involved.

* Anson Place (Hagersville), April 2, one staff member

* Parkview Meadows (Townsend), April 1, one staff member

* McKinnon Park Secondary School (Caledonia), April 6

Provincial government guidelines require an outbreak be declared when a single positive case among staff or residents is reported at retirement and long-term care homes, and congregate living settings.

On Wednesday, Public Health Ontario reported 3,215 new cases of COVID-19 in the province in the past 24 hours.

The province also announced 17 more deaths from the virus bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 7,475.

The province administered 104,382 doses of the vaccine on Tuesday. It was the first time the province has administered more than 100,000 doses in a 24-hour period.

There are now 2,726,221 people vaccinated with 324,783 fully vaccinated.

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