COVID-19 Update - August 11, 2021

Case count

  • Our most recent data shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,959 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 15 active cases.
    • There are no Huron Perth residents 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 majority of new cases have been in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. Getting vaccinated means that you are less likely to contract COVID-19, suffer severe outcomes, or spread the virus to others.
    • If you are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated (one dose), I encourage you to take advantage of our expanded vaccination opportunities and to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for August 9, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

 

  • As we enter fall, we can expect to see cases begin to rise as more people head indoors. However, thanks to the protection offered by vaccines, growing case counts will not have the same meaning as they did earlier in the pandemic. We can also expect to see more cases in vaccinated people as no vaccine is 100% effective ; fortunately, these breaklthrough cases are generally milder and do not result in hospitalization and death for most people. Hospitalization and ICU admissions will be the key indicators that show the effectiveness of our response to COVID-19.
  • We must still follow public health and workplace safety measures such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, physical distancing, washing hands often, screening before going to work, and staying home when sick. Some of these measures, such as masks in in door public spaces and screening, are still required by provincial legislation while other measures such as washing hands and staying home when sick, are always important in reducing the spread of illness.

Outbreaks

  • There are no active workplace outbreaks.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Everyone age 12 and over in Huron-Perth continues to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, as well as eligible for a second dose 28 days after the first (for mRNA vaccines) or 8 weeks after an AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • HPPH and partners continue to offer the mRNA vaccines, that is, Pfizer and Moderna.
    • 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.
  • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • On August 9, we marked a milestone in having administered 100,000 first vaccine doses to individuals aged 12 and over in Huron Perth
  • As of August 10, we are reporting 183,809 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • Today we have reached another milestone in our fully vaccinated numbers:
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 79.0 % have received one dose of vaccine, and 70.7 % are fully vaccinated. 
  • As a reminder, in order to move beyond Step 3 of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needs 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 has now reached the benchmark of 70% of eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to provide additional vaccination opportunities across Huron-Perth, including walk-ins, evening hours, pop-up locations and drive-thru clinics.
  • Thank you to everyone who came to our drive-thru clinic in Clinton last night (Aug. 10). It was very successful and we thank Central Huron residents for their enthusiasm and of course Huron County Paramedic Services for their support.
  • We will be holding a drive-thru clinic in Stratford tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 12) at the  Stratford Army, Navy & Air Force Club from 5-8 p.m. No appointment necessary, and we will also be able to provide vaccinations to those who want to walk in rather than drive.
  • If you are ready for back-to-school shopping and haven’t had the chance to get a first or second dose, we will be at the Stratford Festival Marketplace Shopping Centre on Friday, Aug. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. as well
  • We are also pleased to be holding pop-ups this week in Listowel, Exeter, Huron Park and Milverton among other locations.
  • For full details about upcoming clinics, please visit our webpage www.hpph.ca/walkin. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates.
    • Clinics are open for first and second doses and will primarily administer the Pfizer vaccine, unless otherwise specified.
    • Appointments can still be booked for some clinics as well.  This can be done online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.
  • Remember that many local pharmacies also offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.