COVID-19 Update - April 15, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, April 14, show that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,508 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 23 cases added since the previous day. There are currently 61 active cases.  
    • There have been 42 presumptive positive screens for a variant of concern (VOC) in Huron Perth. Twelve of these cases are currently active.
    • There are currently two Huron Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • On Tuesday we reported a death due to COVID-19. This was a community death. Our condolences go to the individual’s loved ones during this difficult time. This brings the total number of deaths death due to COVID-19 to 52. 
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
    • It is very important to continue following public health and workplace safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We must all act as if we could come into contact with the virus anywhere in any community, and as if we could transmit the virus to others unknowingly.

Ontario Health West Region snapshot, April 13, 2021

 Ontaro health west region snapshot

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care, retirement homes, or schools in Huron Perth. There is one new workplace outbreak for a total of two active workplace outbreaks. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of April 13, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 30,298 vaccine doses administered.
  • We are administering every vaccine we receive from the province. 
  • Our confirmed vaccine allotment will be used in clinics this week and next to vaccinate almost 12,000 people  – everyone who has an appointment will get their vaccination
    • This week we are vaccinating over 4,300 people (89% are aged 70+)
    • Next week – April 20-24 we are vaccinating 3,900 people (74% are aged 65+)
    • April 27-May 1 we are vaccinating 3,700 people (87% are aged 65+)
  • We will open up more clinic spaces as soon as we can based on our supply. We expect to announce early next week that additional clinic spaces will be opening up for the first two weeks of May for booking.
  • A reminder that unlike some regions, we do not pre-register people for vaccinations; when people use our booking system, they are scheduling their vaccine appointment.
  • We are on par with the province in terms of vaccination rates. From the PHO SURVEILLANCE REPORT. COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Ontario: December 14, 2020 to Apr 3, 2021 (https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/epi/covid-19-vaccine-uptake-ontario-epi-summary.pdf?la=en):

 

ON

HPPH

% coverage at least one dose

14.6

16.3

% coverage 2 doses

2.2

2.9

Total # doses

1,849,755

23,784

 

  • We understand that many people are eager to be vaccinated. Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually have the opportunity to be vaccinated.  We thank everyone for their patience and remind people to be kind if calling HPPH. Abusive language will not be tolerated. 
  • It is important that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, continues to follow recommended public health measures. Vaccines are an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, however public health measures remain the foundation of the pandemic response while vaccines roll out across Ontario and the rest of the country.

Vaccine eligibility

  • As of today, April 15, immediate household/family members of Indigenous people who themselves are not Indigenous are eligible for vaccine.  They will be able to book a vaccine appointment when there is availability.
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.

AstraZeneca clinics

  • The Primary Care Working Group of the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is working with Huron Perth Public Health to organize two AstraZeneca vaccine clinics for adults aged 55 and older:
    • April 20: Goderich, 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. - Maitland Recreation Centre (YMCA)
    • April 22: Stratford, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Rotary Complex
  • These are age-based clinics only, with no other eligibility requirements. Anyone born in 1966 or earlier can book an appointment.
  • The clinics were fully booked within 6 hours.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine is part of the Huron Perth allotment for primary care use. 

Pharmacy locations

  • Select pharmacies offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to adults aged 55 and older. They receive their vaccine supply separately from HPPH.
  • We anticipate more pharmacies in Huron Perth will be added.
  • The list of pharmacies administering vaccinations is available at: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.