COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, March 31, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,422 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 5 cases added since the previous day. There are currently 15 active cases.  
    • Details on where the active cases are, can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
    • There are currently no Huron Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 50.
    • There have been 13 presumptive positive screens for a variant of concern (VOC) in Huron Perth. Three of these cases are currently active.
    • We must all act as if we could come into contact with COVID-19 anywhere in any community, and as if we could transmit the virus to others unknowingly.

Outbreaks

  • There is currently one active COVID-19 outbreak at Ritz Lutheran Villa due to a confirmed staff case.
  • Testing was repeated on a resident who initially tested positive.  The subsequent result was found to be negative; therefore the result is not consistent with active infection. This could mean remote infection, false positive or vaccine-attenuated.
  • Further tests of residents, staff, and Essential Caregivers at the home also came back negative.
  • Provided there are no other additional cases or probable cases, the outbreak will be declared over on Sunday April 4.
  • The mild symptoms in the fully vaccinated health care worker and the lack of symptoms in a fully vaccinated resident who subsequently tested negative are encouraging signs. These are indications that vaccination efforts to protect our most vulnerable are working: symptoms are milder or not experienced at all, and the virus has not been able to spread amongst the rest of the home.
  • It’s important to understand the value of COVID-19 vaccines: they reduce the severe outcomes of hospitalization and death from COVID infection. It is not suprising necessarily that a fully vaccinated person might still have mild symptoms and test positive for COVID. What is very encouraging is that symptoms are reduced, and the virus has not spread in the way we saw in previous situations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of March 30, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 19,475 vaccine doses administered.
  • The Regional Vaccine Prioritization Advisory Committee is expanding eligibility to residents, primary essential caregivers and staff in additional high-risk congregate living settings, as well as to individuals aged 16 and older with highest-risk health conditions.
    • HPPH and the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee are finalizing details on how these newly eligible groups will be able to access vaccinations, and will be contacting these groups shortly with instructions.
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • Please do not try to book an appointment if you are not yet eligible. At this time, HPPH is not taking pre-registrations for future eligible groups.
  • While there continue to be many available appointment times, we are finding our system is getting slowed down with multiple appointments. We are seeing a certain amount of “appointment shopping” as some people book multiple times and days.  
    • Booking multiple appointments for one person takes spots away from other people. Please book only appointment per person in order to help us ensure everyone has the opportunity to book.
    • We also encourage residents to cancel appointments they have double-booked, or if they need to reschedule or cancel. This will free up spots for other eligible residents. Cancellations can be done through email at: VaccineCancellation@hpph.ca or by calling HPPH Vaccine Booking line: 1-833-753-2098 and Press 2 for Cancellations.
    • In order to help appointments move quickly, HPPH asks callers to leave only one message – leaving multiple messages slows down the appointment booking process.
  • If you are eligible, please visit our appointment booking page (www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking) to book online, or call 1-833-753-2098. Online booking is encouraged where possible.
  • A reminder that at the current time, everyone who has received a first dose or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to follow all public health measures.

Please note: due to the long weekend, the next media briefing will take place at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6