COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the KFL & A region, with 32 new cases announced on Friday.
These new cases have resulted in another record active case count, with 267 people currently infected in the region.
The health unit also reports nearly 88 new cases per 100,000 per week, a rate never seen before in the community.
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Hospitalizations are also at an all-time high, with 18 people in the hospital, nine people in intensive care units and seven people on ventilators.
A quick trip to the local COVID-19 panel will show some changes in the way the health unit is monitoring the virus in the region.
The health unit has added the color-coded system previously used by the province to the dashboard. KFL & A is currently in the red zone.
The dashboard also houses a new graph, showing case rates between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. As things stand on Friday, cases are 6.2 times higher among the unvaccinated than among those vaccinated.
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Vaccination rates have also changed, since the health unit began vaccinating children five years of age and older. Now, 82 percent of the eligible population has received both doses of their vaccines.
Some may have noticed that vaccination rates for those 12 and older have also changed.
Dr Piotr Oglaza, the region’s medical health officer, says this is due to an update in population size from the new 2020 Statistics Canada census data, which saw a two percent decrease in the data previously used.
This leaves 88.9% of the population 12 years and older fully immunized.
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