COVID-19 Media Update - July 21, 2021

Case count

  • Our most recent data shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,931 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 13 active cases.
    • There is one Huron Perth resident in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 57.
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • The common link we’re seeing among those who are becoming ill from COVID-19 is that they are not vaccinated. Getting vaccinated means that you are less likely to get infected or suffer severe outcomes from COVID-19.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for July 19, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

  • Our neighbouring region of Grey Bruce continues to see a high number of cases involving the Delta variant. We need to remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally.
  • All public health and workplace safety measures still need to be followed.

Outbreaks

  • There is one active workplace outbreak.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Vaccine eligibility

  • Anyone aged 12 or older who received their first dose of mRNA vaccine can book a second dose appointment or walk-in to an HPPH clinic. The second dose must be at least 28 days after your first dose of an mRNA vaccine, or 8 weeks after your first dose of AstraZeneca.
  • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12 to 17 and is the only vaccine that will be administered to youth, in keeping with age requirements.
  • Several local pharmacies are also administering Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Vaccination coverage

  • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • As of July 20, we are reporting 163,076 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 76.5% have received one dose of vaccine, and 56.5% are fully vaccinated. 
  • In order to move beyond Step three of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, we need to have:
    • at least 80% of the eligible population (aged 12+) with one vaccine dose and 75% with two doses
    • no public health unit having less than 70% of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • You may have seen the phrase “two-dose summer”; this is a good time for anyone who does not have a first or second dose to get their COVID-19 vaccination. With increased vaccine supply and a 28-day interval for second dose, anyone not protected against COVID-19 can become fully vaccinated by Labour Day weekend.
    • Once fully vaccinated, you have protected yourself and your loved ones and also can follow the loosened screening and isolation requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. Further updated provincial guidance for fully vaccinated individuals is pending as well.
    • Also, there are only six weeks to go until school is set to resume in September. For youth, full vaccination is key to the safe return to in-person learning. For everyone, vaccination is key to avoiding any potential surges in cases throughout Huron Perth, and the rest of Ontario.
  • To make your two-dose summer possible, HPPH is now offering walk-in opportunities at any HPPH vaccination clinic between 1:00 to 4:00 p.m daily. Walk-ins are currently available to anyone 12+ who is in need of a first or second dose.
    • For the current week, the following dates and locations are available for walk-ins:
      • Wednesday, July 21: Goderich – Memorial Arena
      • Wednesday, July 21: St. Marys – Pyramid Recreation Centre
      • Thursday, July 22: Stratford – Stratford Rotary Complex
      • Thursday, July 22: Wingham – North Huron Wescast Community Complex
      • Saturday, July 24: Stratford – Stratford Rotary Complex
    • If you have booked an appointment, you will still receive your vaccine at the scheduled time.
  • We also continue to book appointments for clinics, either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.
  • Please also visit HPPH on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates on walk-in opportunities. Visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking for more information on walk-ins.
  • We continue to administer Moderna and Pfizer. These are interchangeable mRNA vaccines which means you can receive one vaccine as a first dose and the other as a second dose. This “vaccine mixing” is safe, effective at protecting you from COVID-19 and counts as a completed series in Ontario. Again, youth 12-17 will receive Pfizer in keeping with age requirements.
  • As we wait for further provincial guidance, remember that many public health measures currently remain in place. Even under Step 3, requirements for masks or face coverings in indoor public settings, and physical distancing remain in place during this step. Please also continue to screen for symptoms before going to work, stay home when sick or experiencing symptoms, and wash your hands regularly.