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Not all local COVID-19 patients in ICU fully vaccinated: Health Unit

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Twelve people are in a local hospital and two more are hospitalized outside Grey-Bruce due to COVID-19, the health unit reported on Friday.

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Five of them are in the local ICU and two are in an ICU outside Grey-Bruce, said Dr. Ian Arra, Grey-Bruce Medical Officer of Health. None of them are fully vaccinated, Friday’s daily COVID update said.

Meanwhile, the COVID outbreak in long-term care or retirement homes on Friday 11 included: Rockwood Terrace Long Term Care – Durham, Pinecrest Manor – Lucknow, Erinrung Retirement and Nursing Home – Thornbury, McEwen 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 continues at Unit 6-2 at Owen Sound Hospital.

The number of local COVID deaths is 27.

On Friday, 61 new cases of the pandemic virus were reported in Grey-Bruce. But since testing has had to be limited, the virus spread in the community is less than the number of confirmed cases, the health unit says.

New PCR testing requirements allow symptomatic testing of high-risk people and those working in high-risk settings. The health unit says PCR testing is generally not recommended for asymptomatic contacts.

Those with such qualifying symptoms include hospitalized patients, in emergency departments at the discretion of the physician, health care workers coping with the patient, and many of the others listed at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/About-Us/News-Releases/ArticleID/971 Others are included. /updated-eligibility-PCR-test-and-case-and-contact-management-guidance-in-ontario.

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The health unit says people with COVID-19 symptoms have the disease and should follow isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines.

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

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In Friday’s latest report, 13,376 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the last seven days and 330,048 doses have been given since the vaccine became available.

Now 76.4 percent of Grey-Bruce residents five years and older are fully vaccinated (at least two shots). Across the province, 82.2 percent of Ontarians aged five and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine clinic schedule updates are posted at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

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

The health unit said some immunocompromised people are eligible for a third dose eight weeks after their second dose.

The health unit’s release says people should ask their health care professional if they qualify for a booster. Those who may be eligible include transplant recipients, people on chemotherapy or those undergoing immunosuppressive therapy.

All who qualify are required to book an appointment by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Center at 1-833-943-3900, or board a participating pharmacy or GO-VAXX bus by appointment only.

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Ontario reported Friday that another 184 patients were hospitalized with COVID, bringing the total number of COVID patients hospitalized, up 54 percent from a week earlier. The increase was to 3,814 – when there were 2,472 patients in the hospital with COVID.

The number of patients reported in intensive care with COVID was 511, an increase of 30 in the Ontario ICU the day before. Seven days ago the total was 324 – so it’s an increase of about 58 percent.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Friday, the seven-day rolling average of COVID patients in ICU is 463. On Friday, 185 out of 527 were fully vaccinated (35 per cent) in the ICU.

Elliott also tweeted that 80 percent of patients admitted to the ICU were admitted for COVID-19, while 20 percent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive for COVID-19 .

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

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Georgian college courses that are currently completely online will be online from study week, February 28 to March 4 – an extension from January 28.

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

In mid-December, with the increasing presence of the highly permeable Omicron version, the college moved to reduce activity on campus to begin the winter semester.

“We expected early 2022 to mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and that we could see a significant increase in activity on campus,” said Marilyn West-Moynes, Georgian College President and CEO. release.

“(b) With the highly permeable Omicron version still a factor, we had to make necessary program delivery changes to reduce activity on campus. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.”

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