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Four new cases but vaccine levels rising

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COVID-19 continued its upward creep in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark on Tuesday with the health unit reporting four more cases of the virus.

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At 25 residents with COVID, the virus is on a rising trend that started seven days earlier when we had 10 active cases.

One of the residents was in hospital with a serious case of the virus. The patient required intensive care and a ventilator.

The four new cases were on the eastern side of the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. In the Grenville district, there were 12 active cases of the virus, a one-day increase of two. Likewise, Eastern Lanark reported two new cases to bring it to three residents who have COVID-19.

Brockville and its surrounding municipalities had three residents with the virus while the Western Leeds area had one active case and the address of one resident with COVID was listed as out of region or unknown. There were five cases in Western Lanark.

While the local cases are on the rise, the local health unit is still doing well when compared with its Eastern Ontario neighbours.

At 25 active cases, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark compares favourably with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit that had 65 active cases on Tuesday, down seven from the previous day.

Its townships on our eastern border, North and South Dundas, reported two cases in the north and none in the south.

The local health unit is also doing well compared with Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health, which had 41 active cases, two more than on Monday.

In Ottawa, there were 398 people with the virus, 25 of them new on Tuesday.

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The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit continues to lead the province in the percentage of its residents who are vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 87.7 per cent of residents were fully vaccinated with both jabs, a percentage point higher than a week earlier. Those with the first jab stood at 93.2 per cent, compared with 92.5 per cent the week earlier. That meant that more than 1,000 residents rolled up for their first shot last week.

Among youths aged 12 to 17, 84.1 per cent have their first dose while 74 per cent are fully vaccinated.

As with the rest of the province, the local vaccine laggards are young adults aged 18 to 29. A total of 76.6 per cent have a first shot while 66 per cent have their second.

In comparison, 78.8 per cent of all Ontario residents were fully vaccinated while 85.2 per cent had at least one shot.

wlowrie@postmedia.com

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