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COVID slows on weekend

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It was an encouraging weekend for the fight against COVID-19 in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, as active cases tumbled by 13 over the three-day period.

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At 39 active cases on Monday, it was the lowest total since the first week of March when the effects of the third wave began to be felt in the local health unit.

Since Friday, when the health unit reported 52 active cases, 23 people recovered from the virus while 10 new people contracted COVID-19.

There were no residents of the health unit in hospital with the virus on Monday, although the Brockville General Hospital reported it was caring for nine COVID patients as of Saturday, eight of them transferred from hospitals in Ontario COVID hot spots.

The weekend marked a shift in the trouble zones in the five districts of the health unit. COVID numbers were down in the eastern districts of Grenville and Eastern Lanark.

On Monday, Grenville reported six active cases, down from the 13 it recorded Friday, while Eastern Lanark had nine cases on Monday, down from the 15 it had before the weekend.

The active cases were growing in the Brockville district, which recorded seven cases on Monday, compared with three on Friday.

The cases were up in Western Leeds, too, which had 12 on Monday, up two from before the weekend.

Lanark West was at five active cases, down from the 11 it reported Friday.

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit had vaccinated 51,935 people by the end of last week, out of a total population of 170,205.

Last week, the health unit vaccinated 6,194 people with their first dose and 88 more with the second. Those numbers don’t include the people who got their AstraZeneca shot at a pharmacy or doctor’s office.

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People aged 50 and older can get an appointment for a shot at one of the area’s fixed vaccination clinics at Brockville, Kemptville, Smiths Falls and Almonte. On Thursday, the age limit lowers to 40 years and over.

People aged 40 and up can now get a shot of through a pharmacy or at their doctor’s office.

Across Ontario, there were 2,716 new COVID cases and 19 more deaths amid speculation that the third wave has crested.

The provincial downward trend was reflected in the numbers in Eastern Ontario.

In Ottawa, there were 86 new cases on Monday, a drop from the 150 that the city reported on the previous day.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reported 209 active cases on Monday, down about 40 over the weekend.

In North Dundas there were six active cases while South Dundas reported one case.

The Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health area, which had been fighting an outbreak at a construction site two weeks ago, reported nine new cases on Monday, down from 14 on the previous day.

wlowrie@postmedia.com

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