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 Thursday, May 7, there had been 314 lab confirmed cases of covid-19 in the area, a rise of 3 since the previous Thursday. Of these, 7 cases were in the United Counties East region [UCLG East], which consists of North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, Augusta, and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal. Five cases were listed as recovered, an increase of one from the previous week. This is the lowest number of cases in the LGLHU region. The largest number of cases were in Lanark West (49 cases, 29 recovered), which is improvement over the previous week, and Lanark East (47, 42 recovered).

Of the 314 confirmed cases last Thursday, there had been 43 deaths in the LGLHU region, an increase of 3 over the previous week. 40 of those deaths were in long-term care facilities. The total number of cases consisted of 66 (21%) in the community and 71 (23%) were health care workers, and 177 (56%) cases were in long-term care or retirement residences. This was an increase of 2 in community/health care workers, and 1 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 Mills facilities. Since the latest report was issued, it has been reported that one healthcare worker has tested positive at the Royal Brock Retirement Residence in Brockville.

The median age of cases remained at 74 from previous reports, and 69% of these were female. 3% of patients were under 19-years of age, 14% were between 20 and 44 years, 20% between 45 and 64 years, and 63% were aged over 65.

The death rate was by far the highest in the over 65 age group, 95% occurred in that cohort. Only 28% of deaths occurred in a hospital.

The rise in the number of lab confirmed cases in the LGLDHU area was less than 1%, compared to a rise of 3% provincially.

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