Public Health urges vigilance as winter approaches – Kingston News

Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFL&APH) began his on-line press replace with an enormous “thanks” right this moment. Guan congratulated the group for its continued efforts, and reminded everybody to maintain their guards up and proceed to comply with protocols.

Dr. T. Hugh Guan, Associate Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health (KFL&APH), in a screenshot of the net press convention held Wednesday, Sept.29, 2021.

“Our seven-day common continues to both be steady or dropping. So, actually, thanks to the group. Thank you to everybody in Ontario for actually flattening the curve in…our curve is just about flat by way of not simply circumstances, [but also] hospitalizations and ICU admissions. So thanks, everybody; to the group, to our companions, and to KFL&A volunteers and employees, for actually flattening the curve throughout the province. We are very a lot saving our healthcare system,” stated the physician after operating by right this moment’s COVID Dashboard numbers for native and provincial circumstances.

A fast have a look at the numbers provincially as of Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021, reveals that  86.1 per cent of Ontarians 12 and over have obtained the primary dose and 80.7 p.c have obtained two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. The KFL&A area, by comparability, “has had 87.3 per cent of these 12 and over having obtained one dose and 81.8 p.c of these 12 and over having obtained two doses,” stated Dr. Guan, “We proceed to go at a fairly regular tempo now. I feel it’s been lots larger than the place it was a few month or two in the past; our first dose enhance is about wherever from a 0.8 to 1 per cent per week, and our two-dose protection is rising at about one to 1.2 per cent enhance per week.”

He went on, “We’re somewhat bit above the Ontario common and we’re slowly however certainly making our strategy to these 99  per cent vaccinated targets, and if we proceed to go at this tempo, we’ll undoubtedly hit 90 per cent first dosed by in all probability by December, and two doses, hopefully shortly thereafter.”

Meanwhile, by way of COVID case numbers, he stated, “As of midday right this moment, now we have 11 new circumstances since yesterday’s replace. We’re presently investigating the place all these circumstances are from. Some of them could also be outbreak-related so keep tuned for that information launch if we found that a few of these are outbreak-related.”

There is presently one outbreak declared at Loughborough Public School. Kingstonist will present data on the second and third outbreak — in a college and long-term care facility,respectively — as quickly as it turns into obtainable.

“Yesterday we have been sitting at 10.3 circumstances per 100,000 over a seven-day common. That will probably rise on account of right this moment’s 11 circumstances, in all probability somewhat beneath 15 circumstances per 100,000 during the last seven days,” Guan reported. “Person positivity [through testing] continues to nonetheless be good at about 0.56 to 1 per cent. So, once more, our group is testing appropriately and we don’t see loopy excessive check positivity charges which implies that it does seem that we’re capturing all of the circumstances in the neighborhood.”

Across Ontario, as of right this moment, there have been 495 new COVID circumstances and eight extra deaths, in keeping with the replace. 

Guan reminded the general public, “We’re simply beginning into fall and winter, so we’ll nonetheless must have our guards up by way of adhering to the entire good Public Health measures everybody has been doing, and hopefully we proceed to maintain our circumstances, as effectively as our hospitalizations, and ICU circumstances down.”

This introduced him round to the topic of flu photographs, which he stated, “Are coming simply across the nook.” 

“Please, please,” Guan emphasised, “get your flu shot this 12 months, particularly this 12 months. Because we’re type of rumbling alongside in our fourth wave, however there’s additionally extra worldwide journey, as effectively as journey throughout Canada this 12 months. Therefore, there’s extra probability of flu introduction, as effectively as transmission this 12 months in comparison with even final 12 months.”

“There is a larger threat of influenza coming,” he reiterated, “And defending your self, as effectively as your loved ones, as effectively as your mates in opposition to influenza provides to flattening the curve, as a result of being sick and being hospitalized and being in ICU due to a preventable illness like influenza strains our system.”

“Earlier this week we declared an outbreak at Loughborough Public School with two circumstances on September 26. We proceed to watch the state of affairs, however, as of this morning, we consider that issues are contained, issues are managed by way of that outbreak, which is nice information,” reported Guan.

“Another new piece of knowledge is that we’ll be restarting some everlasting clinics, so we can have a everlasting clinic coming to the Cataraqui Center starting October 7,” he stated stating that the area is shifting away from outside and cellular clinics as the climate shifts to colder temperatures and that the group will “proceed to work with our companions, together with the household well being groups as effectively as pharmacies in these areas to supply the vaccine to people.”

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