Local Covid-19 update

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The Leeds Grenville Lanark District Health Unit [LGLDHU] has provided daily updates on the spread and containment of covid-19 in their area.

On Friday, April 30, there had been 311 lab confirmed cases of covid-19 in the area, a rise of 20 since the previous Sunday. Of these, 6 cases were in the United Counties East region [UCLG East], which consists of North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, Augusta, and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal. Four cases were listed as recovered. This is the lowest number of cases in the LGLHU region. The largest number of cases were in Lanark West (52 cases, 18 recovered) and Lanark East (38, 19 recovered).

Of the 311 confirmed cases last Friday, there had been 40 deaths in the LGLHU region, an increase of 1 over the previous Sunday. 37 of those deaths were in long-term care facilities. The total number of cases consisted of 135 (43%) in the community and health care workers, and 176 (57%) in long-term care or retirement residences. This was an increase of 18 in com- munity/health care workers, and 2 in care homes, but the statistics show that none of these were in the UCLG East area. The care home deaths were in Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place and Mississippi Mils facilities.

The median age of cases dropped to 74% from previous reports, and 67% of these were female. 3% of patients were under 19-years of age, 14% were between 20 and 44 years, 19% between 45 and 64 years, and 64% were aged over 65.

The death rate was by far the highest in the over 65 age group, 98% occurred in that cohort. Only 26% of deaths occurred in a hospital.
The rise in the number of lab confirmed cases in the LGLDHU area was 1%, compared to a rise of 3% provincially. However, reports suggest that the LGLDHU area had the highest rate of Covid-19 infection, per 100,000 people, of all Ontario’s 34 public health authorities.

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