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Area continues to excel in first-dose numbers

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The local health unit has jabbed first doses into the arms of 85 per cent of residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, giving it one of the best records in Ontario.

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As of Sunday, the health unit also had delivered second doses to 30 per cent of residents, meaning they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The second-dose statistics lag behind the provincial averages, though, as Ontario reported 34 per cent of residents fully vaccinated as of Sunday. Provincially, 77 per cent had received their first shot.

The health unit has excelled in getting the vaccine to the age groups most vulnerable to COVID. By Sunday, it had vaccinated more than 97 per cent of residents aged over 60, and given second doses to 46 per cent of the senior residents.

For youths aged 12 to 17 years, 63.9 per cent had received their first shot following a vaccination blitz by the health unit during two weeks this month.

The vaccine laggards in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark were young adults aged 18-29 years. Sixty per cent of them had their first shot of vaccine.

In comparison, more than 81 per cent of local residents aged 30 to 59 had rolled up their sleeves, which is higher than the provincial average for all adults.

The raw vaccination numbers show 128,644 residents of the health unit received at least one shot of vaccine while 43,717 had got both doses.

The positive vaccination record has been cited by the health unit as one factor that explains why local cases of the virus have remained low for a month or more.

On Tuesday, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit recorded four active cases of COVID, up one from the previous day.

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The four residents lived in Lanark County, two on the eastern side and two on the west, meaning the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville reported no residents with the virus.

Ontario reported 299 new COVID cases on Tuesday but Ontario Health indicated that about 90 of them were from Toronto in 2020 and added to the daily numbers as a data correction. Without those historic cases, Tuesday’s daily numbers would equal those of the previous day, which were some of the lowest since September.

In Ottawa, there were just three active cases on Tuesday, which is its lowest daily increase since the fall.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit had three active cases on Tuesday as well, and none of them were in North and South Dundas, which recorded no cases of the virus.

No statistics were available from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health, which was the victim of a cyberattack during the weekend. Ontario Health reported that the Kingston-area Health Unit had two more cases on Tuesday.

wlowrie@postmedia.com

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