New COVID-19 death reported in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

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For the second time in a week, the local health unit has reported the death of an elderly resident of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark from COVID-19.

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Like the previous victim, the most recent resident to die from the virus was 90 years old and suffered from health conditions that made him more vulnerable to COVID, the health unit reported Friday.

The victim lived in the community, as opposed to a nursing home or long-term care facility. He or she was the 107th person to die from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

The deaths came in a week that otherwise saw still favorable COVID indicators.

Hospitalizations are stable. There were seven patients in hospitals with COVID on Friday, the same as all week. Three of them needed intensive care but none were on a ventilator.

There have been fewer new known cases of COVID this week. On Friday, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit reported 16 new cases among 1,096 across Ontario.

Brockville, Kemptville and Smiths Falls sewage testing showed a downward trend in COVID.

And outbreaks in congregate care settings were steady at four, affecting 71 people, the health unit reported.

Stable or declining COVID numbers reflected the provincial trend. Ontario reported 948 residents in hospitals with COVID on Friday, down 21 from the previous day. There were 154 patients in intensive care units, the same as Thursday.

Among our neighboring health units, COVID hospitalizations were stable.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit had six residents with COVID and none of them needed intensive care.

Ottawa Public Health had 15 of its residents hospitalized with the virus. Including out-of-town residents, Ottawa hospitals were treating 78 COVID patients.

Ontario reported 14 additional deaths on Friday.

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Edward L. Robinett