COVID-19 Update April 6, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Monday, April 5, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,438 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 3 cases added and one case reassigned since the previous day. There are currently 22 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.
    • We are reporting one death due to COVID-19, for a total of 51 deaths since the pandemic began. 
      • This was a community death. The individual had recovered from active COVID-19 infection but COVID was still determined to be a contributing cause. Our condolences go out to the individual’s loved ones during this difficult time.
    • There have been 19 presumptive positive screens for a variant of concern (VOC) in Huron Perth. Six of these cases are currently active.
    • 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.

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no active COVID-19 outbreaks in Huron Perth.  The outbreak at Ritz Lutheran Villa was declared over on Sunday, April 4.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of April 4, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 23,855 vaccine doses administered.
  • We continue to work with partners to arrange vaccinations for residents, Primary Essential Caregivers and Staff of High-Risk Congregate Living Settings, as well as individuals 16 years of age and older with highest-risk health conditions (as defined by the province).
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • You may have heard that Middlesex London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health have opened up vaccination appointments to people ages 65 and up.
    • We plan to open up vaccinations to this group by the end of the week – please stay tuned for details.
  • 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.
  • If you book an appointment, please do not book additional appointments as this will slow down the system.
  • Please cancel any appointments if you have double-booked, or need to reschedule or cancel. 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.
  • On April 1 the provincial government expanded pharmacy locations offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to adults aged 55 and older.  In Huron Perth, this includes pharmacies in Bayfield, Exeter and Listowel. 
  • 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. 

Provincial shutdown

  • Due to a surge in COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations across Ontario, the a province-wide shutdown came into effect April 3, 2021 at 12:01am.
  • I realize this is very difficult news. Decision makers work to balance social and economic needs with infection control.  This is not a decision that the province makes lightly. Due to Variants of Concern which transmit more easily, cases are rising dramatically and hospitals and ICUs are filling up. There is a risk that hospitals will become overwhelmed and that we will see more deaths, in younger people.
  • Although cases were low in Huron-Perth, we are seeing more VOCs, and we are surrounded by regions that are experiencing surges in cases.
  • Vaccinations will help us get to the finish line. Vaccinations are continuing, so let’s continue to do as much as we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
    • Stay home as much as possible
    • Avoid non-essential travel
    • Maintain two metres physical distance from people you don’t live with
    • Wear a mask or face covering
    • Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly
    • Get tested if you have symptoms

*remarks delivered by Dr. Klassen at the April 6, 2021 news briefing.