COVID-19 Update - December 22, 2021

Case count

  • As of Wednesday, December 22, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2,869 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 119 active cases.
    • HPPH has received confirmation of two Omicron cases.  There are currently 16 persons under investigation for Omicron and we expect this number to continue rising.
    • The number of deaths remains unchanged at 70.
    • There are currently six people in hospital due to COVID-19.
  • Case data is available on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard. 
    • In the coming days you may notice some changes in the data we are reporting due to provincial changes in the management of confirmed cases.  We will stop reporting number of active contacts and total number of contacts.  In addition, we will no longer be sending notifications to webpage subscribers when data is updated.
  • Public health will continue to investigate cases associated with high risk settings (including long-term care homes, retirement homes, hospitals, shelter or congregate settings, childcare centres or day camps, elementary/middle/secondary schools, adult learning/post-secondary schools, remote, isolated or indigenous communities).  All other cases will be contacted by the provincial workforce.
  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate immediately and not wait to be contacted.  Their household members should also isolate.
  • Cases are also asked to inform anyone they had close contact with to isolate.  Close contact means being within two metres for a total of 15 minutes or more.
  • Anyone who develops respiratory symptoms is being advised to treat their illness as though it is COVID-19, even without a positive test result, to self-isolate immediately and advise members of their household to isolate as well.

 

 

The Ontario Science Advisory Table Fourth wave dashboard (https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/) is reporting the current effective Reproduction number R(t) is 1.88 overall (3.16 for Omicron; 0.72 for Delta). This means the pandemic is growing.  91.4% of provincial COVID-19 cases are now estimated to be caused by Omicron.  Please see the dashboard for more information.

  • Behave as if anyone you encounter could be infected with COVID-19 and as if you could transmit the virus to others.  Please continue to follow public health measures and advice to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
    • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces and any time physical distancing is a challenge
    • Limit close contacts/interactions
    • Maintain physical distance (2 metres) from those not in your household
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Screen every day before going to work, school or childcare
    • Stay home if you are sick, even with mild symptoms
    • Get tested if you have symptoms, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
    • Follow gathering limits
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you are able

Outbreaks

  • There are active outbreaks at the following schools:
    • Clinton Public School
    • Elma Township Public School
    • Howick Central Public School
    • Listowel District Secondary School
    • Little Falls Public School
    • Milverton Public School
    • North Perth Westfield Elementary School
    • St. Joseph’s Cathoilc Elementary SChool
  • There is one active workplace outbreak.
  • Details on active and past outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of December 20, we are reporting 234,640 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners. 
  • 82.1% of Huron Perth residents aged five and older have received one dose of vaccine, 77.4% are fully vaccinated with two doses and 15.7% have received three doses of vaccine. 

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to provide first, second, third, and booster doses across Huron and Perth.
  • For the latest vaccination opportunities in Huron-Perth, please visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • Clinics are by appointment only. 
  • Like other areas of the province, our clinics have filled very quickly. We’re doing our best to add more spots, but we currently have limited availability.
  • Unfortunately on Tuesday we had to close our booking system due to technical issues.  The online system will remain closed as we resolve these issues and add more capacity.
  • Our phone system reopened this morning however we are experiencing a very high call volume and are aware many people have not been able to leave a message.  For those who did leave a message, it may take several days for us to get back to you.  We apologize for the inconvenience. 
  • We’re grateful for the enthusiasm of Huron Perth residents and request everyone’s patience as we try to meet the demand for appointments.
  • Select local pharmacies also continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies offering vaccine can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
  • If you are ill or have been told to isolate, do not come to clinic. You will need to reschedule your appointment.

Third and booster doses

  • As of December 20, all Ontario adults aged 18 and older, are eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  The interval between second booster doses has been reduced from six months to three months (84 days).
  • The best vaccine for your booster dose is the vaccine that is available first.  Both the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 and its variants.  Mixing COVID-19 vaccines is safe, effective, and enables Ontarians to benefit from the protection of a booster dose.
  • Immunocompromised individuals continue to be eligible for a third dose about eight weeks (56 days) after their second dose.
  • A calculator to determine when you can receive a booster or third dose, is provided at www.hpph.ca/thirddose
  • Before booking an appointment, we encourage people to use the calculator. If the required time since second dose has not passed, people will be turned away at the clinic. 

Additional provincial measure

  • As of 12:01 a.m. on Sunday December 19, additional public health measures came into effect that will help limit close contacts and curb COVID-19 transmission in higher-risk indoor public settings where masks cannot always be worn.  
  • Measures include 50 per cent capacity limits in gyms, restaurants, bars, concert venues and movie theatres, sport and recreation facilities, and retail settings.
  • Social gathering limits have been reduced to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

Celebrating safely

  • We stongly encourage people to minimize their social contacts and follow gathering limits as they celebrate the holidays.  Outdoor and virtual gatherings are the safest way to visit or celebrate with people outside your household.
  • We know that as we near the end of another difficult pandemic year, this is unwelcome news. However, with the rapid spread of Omicron, we must be vigilant about connecting safely over the holidays and following public health measures so we can protect our family, friends and community.
  • HPPH would like to thank the residents of Huron-Perth for all of the kindness and resilience you have shown over the past year.  We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday.