Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Oglaza: COVID-19 cases may be stable, but ‘too soon’ to know for sure

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Eddington Public Health, addressed the press in a video statement. screen capture.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Eddington (KFL&A) Public Health, was unable to provide a virtual briefing to the press this week. Instead, Public Health released a recorded video statement on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in which it optimistically suggested that the rate of COVID-19 cases in the region is now rising more slowly than the rest of the province. .

“Early evidence suggests that COVID-19 activity at the local level is increasing at a slower rate. We will have a better understanding of the trends in the coming weeks,” Oglaja said, noting that the KFL&A has the largest uptake of the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the province.

“Less than 60 percent of those 18 and older have received their third dose,” he continued. “Vaccination and third dose booster are one of the best strategies for coping [the Omicron variant], And I strongly encourage those who deserve to be vaccinated without delay. ,

Based on provincial data from earlier this week, Oglaza said that in the KFL&A region “we have the most vaccines for people between the ages of five and 11.” 65.2 percent of local individuals in that age group received their first dose of vaccine, compared to the provincial average of 46.7 percent.

“I want to thank parents in the KFL&A area for their faith in the COVID-19 vaccine, and encourage others who have not yet done so or visit our walk-in clinics in our area. Looking for one,” Oglaja urged.

He continued to express his thanks, saying, “I want to thank our staff, volunteers, primary care pharmacies, municipalities and other community partners for their efforts to help with the vaccine rollout.”

According to Oglaza, public health workers continue to review a number of indicators to understand the status of COVID-19 in our community. They look at trends and percentage positivity starting after seven days of hospitalization rates and wastewater monitoring, along with provincially mandated testing changes to build a complete picture of the current COVID-19 situation, he explained.

“Right now our hospitalizations may be stable, as well as our percentage positivity, but it is too early to draw conclusions,” Oglaja said. “We continue to ask our community to please continue to minimize social contact, especially with people most vulnerable to the disease. Take your third dose when you are eligible. Symptoms and COVID​— Monitor 19, and stay home if you are sick.”

“We recognize that the past few months have been a challenging time. But our successes during the pandemic demonstrate that working together as a community and adhering to public health safeguards will continue to build on the strength of our community. “

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