Canada hit a new, grim, milestone this week, reaching a million total COVID-19 cases, but that isn’t the only record broken. Approximately 3,000 new cases a day are appearing in Ontario, along with crossing 500 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, an all-time high for the pandemic.
With a reported nearly nine per cent positivity rate, and the number of variant cases steadily rising, healthcare officials are worried that hospitals will soon be unable to accept more patients, whether it be for COVID-19 or other medical emergencies like car accidents, appendectomies or heart attacks.
The Township of Uxbridge also had a record breaking day this past week, with 11 new cases in only one day. Uxbridge is sitting at 37 cases in home isolation.
This past week, Goodwood Public School put five class cohorts in isolation after reporting two positive COVID-19 cases.
Cases were also identified at Uxbridge Secondary School after asymptomatic testing. The school board is now reporting four positive cases at USS with two class cohorts in isolation.
Charles Senior, communications officer for the Durham District School Board, reports that, as of Wednesday, March 31, testing has been offered to the entire district.
“The Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board continue to collaboratively support the testing being provided by the Ministry of Education’s partner, LifeLabs by providing space and communicating the opportunity to school communities.”
For a full list of the reports from asymptomatic school testing, visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-asymptomatic-targeted-testing-schools
Another increasing worry is the volume of young people who are becoming infected and seriously ill with the COVID virus. As this is an age group who was previously told it was “safer” compared to older age cohorts, healthcare officials are urging young who have been affected by the virus to share their experiences with their peers, to help them understand the importance of taking this virus seriously at any age.
In a Tuesday press briefing, Doctor Theresa Tam reported an 18 per cent increase in ICU admittance for young people. The doctor reported that while the increase in infections among young people remains proportionate to the overall number of cases, those who become ill enough to require hospitalization seem to be suddenly developing severe illness and require being admitted straight into the ICU.
Last week it was announced that three local pharmacies – Pharmasave, Rexall and Walmart Pharmacy – will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 55+, with waitlists available for anyone over the age of 16. The community vaccine clinic continues to be in operation two days a week, vaccinating those who sign up through the regional vaccine portal at https://durhamvaccinebooking.ca/
Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos