Active cases stable at eight, with NWHU resident hospitalized with COVID-19.
The Northwestern Health Unit reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as its medical officer of health highlighted an encouraging increase in vaccination.
Dr Kit Young Hoon said it was difficult to attribute the increase to a single factor, with the introduction of Ontario’s vaccination certificate system and school vaccination clinics likely playing a role.
Data updated Thursday showed 77.5% of NWHU residents aged 12 and older were fully vaccinated with two doses, up from 75.7 the week before.
The biggest jump came in those over 12 with at least a first dose, said Young Hoon, where the health unit hit the provincial average level of 85.4%.
In early September, she expressed fears that it would be difficult to meet a provincial goal of an 85% vaccination rate, with an uptake rate “peaking”.
Young Hoon said absorption remained below expectations among the 12 to 40-year-old age group, which the health unit was trying to address in part through vaccination clinics in schools.
The NWHU reported four new cases on Thursday, including two at its Rainy River health center and one each in centers in Kenora and Sioux Lookout.
There were eight active cases, unchanged from Wednesday, thanks to previous cases reported resolved. Current active cases include four at the Rainy River junction, two at the Dryden / Red Lake junction, and one at each of the Kenora and Sioux Lookout junction.
An Emo outbreak involving the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program (SCAP) and SonShine Christian Kindergarten remained active and involved fewer than five cases, Young Hoon said.
A resident of the NWHU was hospitalized with the virus on Thursday.
Nine residents of the NWHU have died while infected with COVID-19, according to the health unit, with the most recent of those deaths occurring in late August.
Residents can learn more about how to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine on the NWHU website.