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80% people eligible for COVID vaccine locally have both doses

The health unit's weekly epidemiology report breaks down where the region's at with vaccines and COVID-19 case numbers

Over 80 per cent of the people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the region have received both doses.

The Porcupine Health Unit's weekly epidemiology report is out and breaks down where the region is at. 

Since last week's report, 389 more people received their second dose of the vaccine, bringing the total number of people with both doses of the vaccine to 48,664. There has been an increase of 321 people who received their first dose, bringing the total number of people who have received their first dose of the vaccine to 54,692.

There are 192 people who received their third dose, bringing the total number of people to have the booster to 615.

In the region, 87.8 of the eligible population (12 years and up) has received the first dose of the vaccine and 80.2 per cent have both doses. The provincial target is to have 90 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated. 

Both of those numbers are up from last week when the health unit reported 86.4 per cent per cent of the eligible population had received their first dose and 78.4 per cent had both doses.

Broken down by age range in the region, the health unit reports that for: 

  • 12 to 17 years - 79.5 per cent have their first dose and 67.4 per cent have both doses
  • 18 to 29 years - 81.4 per cent have their first dose and 68.9 per cent have both doses
  • 30 to 39 years - 84 per cent have their first dose and 72.1 per cent have both doses
  • 40 to 49 years - 83.8 per cent have their first dose and 75.4 per cent have both doses
  • 50 to 59 years - 86.9 per cent have their first dose and 82.2 per cent have both doses
  • 60 to 69 years - 93.3 per cent have their first dose and 90.1 per cent have both doses
  • 70 to 79 years - 99.9 per cent have their first dose and 98.3 per cent have both doses
  • 80 years and up - 99.9 per cent have their first dose and 99.6 per cent have both doses

The data is also broken down by community, however, it reflects the number of vaccines given and not necessarily the number of residents vaccinated living in the community. For example, someone could get one or both doses in a city they don't live in. 

The stats by the community are:

  • Cochrane - 78.2 per cent first dose, 61.5 per cent second dose
  • Hearst - 88.6 per cent first dose, 72.7 per cent second dose
  • Hornepayne - 92.3 per cent first dose, 100 per cent second dose
  • Iroquois Falls - 76.7 per cent first dose, 55.1 per cent second dose
  • Kapuskasing - 74.2 per cent first dose, 64.7 per cent second dose
  • Matheson - 68.2 per cent first dose, 84.1 per cent second dose
  • Moosonee - 100 per cent first dose, 89 second dose
  • Smooth Rock Falls - 92.6 per cent first dose, 88.7 per cent second dose
  • Timmins - 84.8 per cent first dose, 76.9 per cent second dose

As of Oct. 12, there had been 1,191 cases in the region where a variant of concern has been detected. That's an increase of three from the last report.

When the numbers were pulled for the report, there had been no new cases and a total of 2,211 confirmed cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic.

Of the total confirmed cases in the region since the start of the pandemic, 51.7 per cent are male and 48.1 per cent are female. 

People 20 to 39 years make up the largest number of cases, with 790 people (35.7 per cent of all cases) being in that demographic. There have been 737 cases (33.3 per cent) in people ages 19 and under, 438 people (19.8 per cent of cases) between the ages of 40-59, 188 people (8.5 per cent) are between the ages of 60-79, and 58 people (2.6 per cent) are 80 and over.

For where people are located, 1,025 cases have been in Timmins; 279 in the area Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane and Smooth Rock Falls; 104 in the Kapuskasing area; 98 in the Hearst, Hornepayne area; 696 in the James and Hudson Bay region; and nine are out of region.

Of the confirmed cases, 1,387 (62.7 per cent) were contacts of a case,  278 (12.6 per cent) were associated to an outbreak, 509 (23 per cent) had no known exposure, 19 (0.9 per cent) are travel-related, and the exposure of 18 (0.8 per cent) is under investigation.

The case fatality rate in the Porcupine Health Unit region is 1.4 per cent. The provincial rate is 1.7 per cent.

The test positivity rate for the region at the time of the report was 1.7 per cent, which is the highest of the seven health units in Northern Ontario. In Northern Ontario the positivity rate is 1 per cent and the provincial rate is 3.2 per cent.

This week's full local epidemiology report is available here. The vaccine rates can be found here.


Maija Hoggett

About the Author: Maija Hoggett

Maija Hoggett is an experienced journalist who covers Timmins and area
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