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Eight new cases reported by health unit including first at Neyaashiinigmiing

Eight new cases reported by health unit including first at Neyaashiinigmiing

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The new cases bring the region’s cumulative total to 491 with 33 active cases, 17 probable active cases and 142 high-risk contacts.

Two people with COVID-19 are currently hospitalized in the region. No local deaths have been linked to the virus since the start of the pandemic.

One outbreak remains active at Normanby Community School in Ayton. Two students tested positive for COVID-19 before the holiday break, and the health unit established transmission did occur at the school.

Of the 491 people in Grey-Bruce who have contracted COVID-19, 429 have recovered and 29 were referred to other health units.

Public health units throughout Ontario reported a new single-day record high again Thursday with a combined 3,328 cases added to the provincial total.

Hospitalizations also increased throughout the province. As of Thursday morning, 1,235 people with COVID-19 were being treated at hospitals including 337 people in intensive care and 210 on ventilators.

Fifty-six more people died with COVID-19 according to provincial data.

The new case total includes 888 new cases in Toronto, 431 in Peel, 418 in York Region, 257 in Windsor-Essex County, and 194 in Ottawa.

Hospitals are stretched thin with COVID patients taking up more and more beds.

Anthony Dale, president of the Ontario Hospital Association, tweeted Thursday that 21 per cent of occupied critical care beds in the province have a person with COVID-19 in them.

A new webpage has been created at the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s website that lists information with regard to COVID-19 vaccines.

The webpage details who will be vaccinated first, vaccine distribution protocols, timelines, and more.

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