The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit has reported a new death due to COVID-19.
There now have been 45 deaths in Haldimand and Norfolk counties – including three late last week – since the pandemic began.
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“These fatalities were identified through the HNHU’s ongoing efforts to clean data and improve accuracy for clear, transparent public health reporting to the community,” the health unit said in a news release explaining the past two deaths.
“Both individuals were living in the community prior to their passing. In the interests of privacy, no further details can be made available at this time.”
The health unit on Tuesday reported 14 new COVID-19 cases in the previous 24 hours, up from six on Monday.
Outbreaks were declared Tuesday at Norfolk Disposal Services in Waterford and Hanns Farms Ltd. in LaSalette. Public health management plans have been implemented.
Active cases increased to 80 on Tuesday from 69 on Monday.
Since the pandemic began in March last year, 2,617 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Haldimand-Norfolk, with 2,486 of those resulting in recovered cases.
Along with the 45 deaths, five people tested positive but died from complications attributed to other illnesses.
As for vaccinations, the HNHU website reported that 52,623 doses of the vaccine had been administered as of Tuesday. There are 5,248 people who have completed their vaccination series.
The health unit noted that data on vaccinations can be delayed up to 48 hours.
All adults in Ontario turning 18 or older this year are eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccine through the province’s website or individual health unit websites. Those aged 12 to 18 are also eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The province announced last week that those who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine between March 10 and 19 are now able to book their second doses.
The health unit has started to schedule appointments for people to receive their second vaccine doses. Appointments, which will begin May 24, will be based on the date the first dose was administered. All appointments are being handled by the health unit.
Eleven local pharmacies were expected to receive vaccine shipments early this week. Once the pharmacies have received their shipments, appointments can be booked directly through the pharmacies by visiting covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations and searching by postal code or town.
The health unit vaccine hotline is receiving up to 1,000 calls a day. Staff are responding as quickly as possible. Callers are asked to leave one message and wait for a reply before calling back.
Visit www.hnhu.org/covid19vaccine/ for more information and for full details about vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk.
On Tuesday, Public Health Ontario reported 1,039 new cases in the past 24 hours. It is the fewest new cases in one day since there were 990 cases reported on March 6.
There were 33 deaths reported from Monday, bringing the total number of people who have died since the pandemic began to 8,655.
As far as hospitalizations are concerned, there are 1,025 people receiving care Tuesday. Of those people, 692 are in intensive care units and 498 of those people were breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.
The province administered 86,927 doses of the vaccine on Monday. There are now 8,251,642 people vaccinated and 544,288 who are fully vaccinated.