COVID-19 Update - April 8, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, April 7, show that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,446 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 8 cases added and one case reassigned to another health unit since the previous day. There are currently 27 active cases.  
    • There have been 25 presumptive positive screens for a variant of concern (VOC) in Huron Perth. Twelve of these cases are currently active, an increase of 6 since the briefing on Tuesday.
    • Details on where the active cases are, can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
    • There is currently one Huron Perth resident in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths death due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 51.
    • 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 is currently one active COVID-19 outbreak in a workplace in Huron Perth. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of April 6, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 25,308 vaccine doses administered.
  • 91.5% of our residents aged 80 and older have received at least a first dose!
  • 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

  • We have extended vaccine eligibility to adults turning 65 and older (born in 1956 or earlier). These individuals can book into the HPPH mass immunization clinics.
  • The province announced yesterday additional details on vaccinations for educators. We will be connecting with the school boards about education workers who provide direct support to students with special education needs, and the later roll out to other educators.
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.

Appointment booking

  • 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.
  • We understand that many people are eager to be vaccinated. We thank everyone for their patience and remind people to be kind to the schedulers when phoning. Abusive language will not be tolerated. 

Provincial emergency and stay-at-home order

  • A province-wide declaration of emergency and a stay-at-home order came into effect today, April 8, at 12:01 a.m. in order to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19.
  • The order requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes, such as:
    • going to the grocery store or pharmacy;
    • accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated);
    • for outdoor exercise; or
    • for work that cannot be done remotely. 
  • Schools in Huron Perth remain open at this time.
  • We’ve received many questions on why Huron-Perth is included in this provincial order. Part of this is due to the transmission rates in surrounding regions. For more information, the Ontario Health West Regional Dashboard shows incidence rates and acute/ICU capacity across our region as of April 6, 2021.
  • If there is a high rate of community transmission elsewhere in the province, that will eventually spread toward us, and at the link you can see the numbers that surround us. That is why it is important to break chains of transmission as one strategy in pandemic control. Until the pandemic is widely controlled, we are all at risk.
  • Reducing the spread of VOCs by following the stay-at-home order and province-wide emergency brake will break these chains of transmission, and will help keep people safe while we continue with our partners to vaccinate as many residents as possible against COVID-19.