The good news is that most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted; the bad news is that the virus is not going away so as Dr. Natalie Bocking, the HKPR Medical officer of Health put it, we have to learn to live “alongside” it. At a regular briefing to the media on April 6, Dr. Bocking was not alarmist but pointed to a resurgence of cases in the District. She attributed this to measures being lifted and the new BA-2 variant which spreads even more easily and is becoming dominant. The goal remains “to avoid it being a big strain on our health system” so they can do their regular job of looking after other health issues. Also announced yesterday was that second booster shots will now be available to anyone over 60 – more details below.
There is now “quite a lot of Covid-19 Activity” in the District and we now have some Cobourg specific data. Lab Testing now has 25-30 cases per day – at one point it was down to 15 – but this is just the tip of the iceberg since it does not include results of Rapid Antigen tests. A fairly recent measure is based on tests of waste water – but only in Cobourg and Lindsay. That shows a recent sharp upsurge – the latest sample was taken March 30, 2022.
There are currently 5 outbreaks, up from around 2.
But there is only a slight increase in Hospital admissions, Dr Bocking expects this to continue for 3 – 4 weeks.
Here are some Cobourg numbers with HKPR District numbers included for comparison:
Cobourg and HKPR District Totals
For the period Jan 1 2022 to April 6 2022
|Active||Total 2022 cases||Outbreak Cases *||Admitted to Hospital *||Deaths *|
* Cumulative – See the full table on this page. Note that most deaths have been unvaccinated people.
So what can we do? We can blunt the impact by:
- Getting vaccinated
- Being masked when indoors
- Staying home if you are sick
- Avoiding large social gatherings
“Vaccines are an incredibly important tool” – and most people are now vaccinated.
|One Dose||Two Doses||Three Doses|
|Residents 5 and over||85.4%||82.7%|
|Residents 12 and over||87.8%||86.1%|
|Residents 18 and over||88.5%||86.9%||61.0%|
|Residents 70 and over||86%|
Fourth doses are already available to long-term care and retirement home residents as well as immunocompromised people in Ontario and they are now available to anyone over 60. For those over 60, the recommended interval between boosters is 5 months with a minimum of 3 months.
When asked about “long-covid”, Dr. Bocking said that there is no local data on “long-covid”.
- You-Tube recording of HKPR Media Briefing from Dr Natalie Bocking