All local COVID patients in intensive care not fully vaccinated: health unit

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Twelve people from the area are in a local hospital and two others are hospitalized outside of Grey-Bruce with COVID-19, the health unit reported Friday.

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Five of them are in a local intensive care unit and two others are in an intensive care unit outside Grey-Bruce, said Dr. Ian Arra, Grey-Bruce’s medical officer of health. None of them are fully vaccinated, Friday’s daily COVID update said.

Meanwhile, COVID outbreaks in long-term care homes or nursing homes totaled 11 Friday involving: Rockwood Terrace Long Term Care – Durham, Pinecrest Manor – Lucknow, Errinrung Retirement & Nursing Home – Thornbury, McVean Lodge – Hanover, R-Villa Retirement Living – Ripley, Parkview Manor – Chesley, Mapleview Long-Term Care Home – Owen Sound, Lee Manor – Owen Sound, Gray Gables – Markdale, Maple Court Villa – Walkerton and Summit Place – Owen Sound .

The COVID outbreak in Unit 6-2 at Owen Sound Hospital continues.

The number of local COVID deaths stands at 27.

There were 61 new cases of the pandemic virus reported in Grey-Bruce on Friday. But because testing has had to be limited, the virus spreading in the community is underrepresented by the number of confirmed cases, according to the health unit.

New PCR testing requirements allow for symptomatic testing for high-risk individuals and those working in high-risk environments. PCR testing for asymptomatic contacts is generally no longer recommended, the health unit says.

These eligible symptomatic individuals include hospitalized patients, those in emergency departments at the discretion of the clinician, healthcare workers in contact with patients, and a number of others listed at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/About -Us/News-Releases/ArticleID/971 /Updated-PCR-Testing-Eligibility-and-Case-and-Contact-Management-in-Ontario .

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People with symptoms of COVID-19 are presumed to have the disease and should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines, the health unit says.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grey-Bruce is 4,835, of which 4,545 are considered resolved.

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As of last report Friday, 13,376 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the past seven days, and 330,048 doses have been administered since the vaccines became available.

Today, 76.4% of Grey-Bruce residents age five and older are fully immunized (at least two shots). Provincially, 82.2% of Ontarians aged five and older are fully immunized.

Updated immunization clinic schedules are posted at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

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New provincial eligibility criteria for immunocompromised people will allow some people to receive a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after 84 days, a press release from the Gray Bruce Health Unit said Friday.

Some immunocompromised people are eligible for a third dose eight weeks after their second dose, the health unit said.

People should ask their healthcare professional if they are eligible for boosters, according to the health unit statement. Among those who may be eligible are transplant recipients, people undergoing chemotherapy or undergoing immunosuppressive therapies.

All who qualify should make an appointment by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, or drop by a participating pharmacy or on a GO-VAXX bus, by appointment only.

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Ontario reported on Friday that 184 more COVID patients had been admitted to hospital, bringing the total number of hospitalized COVID patients to 3,814 – a 54% increase from a week ago – while there were 2,472 patients hospitalized with COVID.

The number of patients reported in intensive care with COVID was 511, an increase of 30 from the previous day in ICUs across Ontario. The total was 324 seven days ago – so there has been an increase of almost 58%.

The seven-day rolling average of COVID patients in an intensive care unit is 463, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Friday. Of the 527 in intensive care on Friday, 185 were fully vaccinated (35%).

Elliott also tweeted that 80% of patients admitted to intensive care were admitted for COVID-19, while 20% were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID.

Ontario recorded 10,964 new cases of COVID on Friday. But limited testing no longer captures everyone who has the pandemic virus.

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Georgian College classes that are currently fully online will remain online through study week, February 28 to March 4 – an extension from January 28.

But classes that currently require an in-person lab, such as many health, wellness and science classes, will continue as planned, the college said in a news release Friday.

In mid-December, with the growing presence of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, the college decided to reduce activity on campus to begin the winter semester.

“We had hoped that early 2022 would be the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and we could see a significant increase in activity on campus,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO. administration of Georgian College. Release.

“(M)ut with the highly transmissible variant of Omicron still a factor, we had to make necessary changes to program delivery to reduce activity on campus. The health and safety of our students and employees remains our top priority. »

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