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April worst month for COVID-19 in Renfrew County, start of May not much better

The health unit's acting medical officer of health expects 50 per cent of eligible residents to be vaccinated by the end of this week.
COVID-19 swab. Photo/ The Canadian Press
Photo/ The Canadian Press

Last month was a low point in Renfrew County in the region's battle against COVID-19, according to the region's acting medical officer of health.

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit confirmed around 160 cases of the virus during the month of April.

"April was our worst month ever," said Dr. Robert Cushman, "and we're off to a really bad start in May."

He tells CityNews that three factors are at play: variants of concern, families who haven't been fully immunized and outbreaks at workplaces where public health instructions aren't being followed.

"People are careless and carefree because when we look at what they're doing in these workplaces, we have serious concerns about their masking and their distancing."

Dr. Cushman says it's time to get a grip and focus on adhering to the restrictions laid out in Ontario's stay-at-home order, and focus on vaccination efforts.

"We need to get our vaccination percentage up to about 70 per cent," Dr. Cushman said while on The Rob Snow Show.

He expects that by the end of this week, the second week of May, 50 per cent of all eligible adults will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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