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Haldimand-Norfolk reports 88th COVID-19 death

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The Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit reported one new death related to COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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There have been 88 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and there have also been 33 additional people who had tested positive for the virus but died of complications attributed to other illnesses – one of more than was reported a week ago.

The HNHU does not release details of deaths from COVID-19.

New cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations have declined in Haldimand-Norfolk.

According to the health unit, 20 people were receiving care for the virus on Wednesday at one of three local hospitals in the area. That’s down from 23 last week.

There is no one in intensive care compared to one last week.

The health unit also reported 114 new cases of COVID-19 in the last seven days of available reports, though that number is believed to be higher due to limited testing. There were 143 previously reported cases.

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Inpatient capacities at the region’s three local hospitals rose to 95.9% from 102.8% last week, while the intensive care rate also fell, from 100% last week to 75% this week. Rates are in effect from Monday.

Capacities are based on the percentage of beds that are full at all times, regardless of the reason for admission. There are 164 inpatient beds at Haldimand-Norfolk’s three hospitals and 10 intensive care beds.

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 refers to local residents who have been admitted due to COVID-19.

The number of outbreaks in the area has decreased compared to last week. There are currently five outbreaks in high-risk settings – two in long-term care homes, two in retirement homes and one in another congregate setting.

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There were eight outbreaks a week ago.

HNHU administered 230,507 doses of vaccine, an increase of 4,461 from last week. There are now 67,574 people who have completed their series of vaccines. 30,425 booster doses were also administered.

The total number of doses administered in Haldimand-Norfolk is 270,353. Some residents of the area received a dose outside the HNHU.

The percentage of people aged six months and over who are fully vaccinated is 75.9% and 78.3% for those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 21.7% of the population is not vaccinated.

The health unit notes that data on vaccinations can be delayed up to 48 hours.

Immunization clinics will be held today (Wednesday) at the Cayuga Library from noon to 5:45 p.m. and at the GOVAXX Indoor at Dunnville Lifespan (275 Ramsey Dr.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays at the Gilbertson Administration Building of the Health Unit in Simcoe from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Friday at the Dunnville Health Unit from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; and Saturday at the GOVAXX Indoor Community Center in Port Dover from noon to 6 p.m.

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Visit hnhu.org/popup to book an appointment for a first, second or booster dose at one of the clinics above.

Health Canada has authorized the use of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for infants aged six months to five years as well as the bivalent Moderna vaccine as a booster dose for people aged 18 and over.

Health Canada has also authorized the use of a Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine for those ages 5 to 11 and a Moderna vaccine for those ages 6 months to 5 years.

People aged 18 and over are eligible for a booster (fourth dose). Boosters are recommended at an interval of five months (140 days) after the previous dose but can be taken after three months (84 days).

Anyone who has recently had COVID-19 is still eligible for a first, second or booster dose, but must wait until they come out of isolation and symptoms have resolved.

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Novavax is available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk by appointment (email vaccine@hnhss.ca or call 519-427-5903).

Those who cannot get to a vaccination clinic can call 519 427-5903 to request free transportation.

There is also a home service for people who have difficulty leaving their homes. This program involves two healthcare professionals who go to homes and administer the first and second doses in Haldimand and Norfolk.

Visit www.hnhu.org/homeboundvax or call 519-427-5903 for more information about the program.

Visit www.hnhu.org/covid19vaccine/ for more information and for full details on the vaccine rollout in Haldimand and Norfolk counties and covid-19.ontario.ca/ for more information on the Ontario rollout .

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