Regular daily COVID-19 updates from the Grey Bruce Health Unit will end Monday.
There were 26 new cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday and 27 new cases Saturday, on par with the 26-case seven-day average. The cases reflect known new cases up to midnight the day before.
Monday’s report will have Sunday’s data and will bring to an end the daily situation report updates, coinciding with Grey County, Owen Sound and some other local municipalities which are ending their COVID-19 emergency declarations.
Case counts don’t reflect the degree of infection in the community anymore, as testing criteria have tightened. But they still show infection trends.
Hospitalization remained steady over the weekend, when four Grey-Bruce residents with COVID were in a local hospital and another local resident was hospitalized outside the area due to COVID.
Similarly, COVID deaths held at 53 in Grey-Bruce, and seven outbreaks remained this weekend in the area.
Outbreaks were at Hanover & District Hospital, Central Place Retirement Home, Kelso Villa Retirement Home, McVean Lodge, G & B House in Owen Sound, Participation Lodge in Holland Centre and Community Living Owen Sound.
Vaccination data were last updated Friday and showed 570 doses of a COVID vaccine were given in the past week, bringing the total doses administered in Grey-Bruce to 350,773.
As of Friday, 79.4 per cent of the population eligible to get a COVID shot (ages five years and older), had received at least two doses. That’s 75.3 per cent of the entire Grey-Bruce population which is at least double-vaccinated.
There will be COVID vaccination clinics Monday at the Durham Community Centre from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday at the Mildmay-Carrick Recreation Centre in Mildmay from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday at the Grey Bruce Health Unit in Owen Sound from 10 a.m. to noon.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported nine more deaths linked to COVID-19 Sunday, for a total 12,256 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. A number of deaths were removed from totals on March 11. They were fatal COVID cases where the cause of death was found to be unrelated to COVID-19.
The province only reported ICU data Sunday, not the total number of patients with COVID who are hospitalized. There were 228 patients in an intensive care unit — 177 with COVID and 51 testing negative — four fewer ICU patients than Saturday.
The number of patients in an ICU who required a ventilator totaled 123, six fewer than Saturday. Of those, 98 had COVID and 25 didn’t.
There were 1,631 new, confirmed COVID cases reported Sunday across Ontario, fewer than the seven-day average of 1,733, which is illustrative of infection trends, not total provincial infections, due to limited testing.
The number of Ontarians aged five years and older who are at least double-vaccinated is 86 per cent, which is 82 per cent of the total population.
The total number of Ontarians at least double-vaccinated is 12,065,628. Of them, 7,087,735 have had at least three doses.