Local Covid update

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It was a mixed week in the Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit [LGLDHU]. On Monday, November 9, there had been a total of 464 confirmed cases in the region, of whom 53 people died. Six additional cases had been reported over the previous weekend, bringing the number to 10 active cases that day. There were three active outbreaks in institutions, one in Carleton Place and two in Brockville. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville East region [UCLG East], comprising the municipalities of North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, Augusta, and Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, had 3 active cases.

But, by the following day, November 10, another five cases had been identified, and the number of confirmed cases in UCLG East had doubled, to six, higher than any other region of the LGLDHU region, and equal to that in Lanark East.

By the end of the week, on November 13, the number of confirmed cases in the region had risen again, with 17 active community based cases in LGLDHU, of which 9 were in UGLG East, a further rise of three from Tuesday. However, the cases in institutions had dropped to just 1, as the Brockville cases had recovered.

In all, by November 13, there had been 194 community based cases in LGLDHU, of whom 173 recovered and 4 died. Since the start of the pandemic, 88 healthcare workers had become infected to date, but all recovered. In Long Term Care or Retirement Homes, a total of 192 people had been confirmed as having Covid-19, of whom 49 have died. This represents 92% of all deaths from the pandemic in the LGLDHU.

231, or 49% of confirmed cases were found in the over 65 age group; 107 (23%) were in the 45-64 age category, and the same number in the 20-44 age groups. Only 6%, or 29 cases, were under 20 years of age. Of the total of 474 cases, 311, or 66%, were female. The oldest person to die was 104 years old.

According to Ontario Government projections, the province could experience an alarming 6,500 new cases every day by the middle of December, if people do not take the precautions recommended by health professionals: masks, social distancing, and hand washing. Response to the pandemic among the general public remains surprisingly diverse, with some denying there is a pandemic, others claiming that it is a government conspiracy to enslave the population. One wonders how to explain, if the pandemic is a hoax, why 1.3 million people have died worldwide up to last weekend, with a total of 53.5 million confirmed cases. No doubt some will claim this is a false statistic, but the families and loved ones of the dead may not agree.

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