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COVID vaccine and flu shots coming soon

Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023 03:43 PM

Huron Perth, ON – Community spread of COVID-19 is on the rise across Ontario, including in Huron Perth. On September 14, 2023, the provincial government provided information about the respiratory illness season, including vaccines against influenza and COVID-19.

Health Canada recently approved an updated COVID-19 vaccine formulation for individuals aged six months and older. It provides better protection against Omicron XBB, the currently circulating variant. Higher risk populations will be...

Blue-green algae found in Wildwood Reservoir

Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2023 01:31 PM

Huron Perth Public Health and Southwestern Public Health are advising people that a bloom of blue-green algae has been detected in Wildwood Reservoir. The reservoir is located at Wildwood Conservation Area, near St. Marys. Blue-green algae can produce toxins that may be harmful to the health of humans and animals when there is direct contact with or consumption of the water. Algal blooms most commonly occur during the warmer weather of late summer and early fall.

The Upper Thames River...

Heat Warning Issued for Huron Perth September 4

Posted on Monday, September 04, 2023 09:47 AM

Huron Perth, ON – Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has issued a heat warning for Huron Perth.

A hot and humid airmass is expected through Wednesday. As the week progresses, daytime highs are expected to be 30 to 34 degrees Celsius, with the likely hottest day on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Humidex values and daytime highs will be very atypical of early September.

The arrival of a cold front will bring an end to the heat Thursday, Sept. 7.

Heat warnings are issued when high temperature or...

Mosquitoes in St. Marys Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2023 11:24 AM

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) reminds residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in St. Marys tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first WNV positive mosquito finding of the season for Huron and Perth counties.

“It’s not surprising to see WNV positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” says Dale Lyttle, public health inspector. “In the late summer months, people are at greatest risk of contracting...

Health Unit Looking for Dog Involved in a Biting Incident in Stratford

Posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 04:01 PM

Huron Perth – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is looking for a dog involved in a biting incident in Stratford.

The incident occurred on Monday, July 24, 2023 between 3 and 4 p.m. at the back entrance of the Stratford Courthouse at 1 Huron Street, Stratford.

The dog involved in the biting incident is described as a mixed breed, with short hair, 60-70 pounds, with a black body, with grey on the face, tan legs and a white triangle on the forehead above the eyes.

The owner is described appearing to be...