Smaller eastern Ontario health units have higher COVID-19 hospitalization rates – CBC

Older population, relaxed rules may be factors

Apr 06, 2022

The acting medical officer of health for an eastern Ontario health unit says rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in outlying communities could be a warning for larger urban centres like Ottawa.

Dr. Rob Cushman, acting medical officer of health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit, said there are currently 15 people from the area hospitalized, including three admitted to intensive care, among a population of 108,000.

That’s a comparable number of hospitalizations to Canada’s capital with a population about 10 times the size.

Just under 90 per cent of Renfrew County’s population age 12 and up have had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is comparable to Ottawa’s 92 per cent, and 81 per cent of people 60 and older in that county have a third dose.

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