COVID-19 update December 23, 2020

Case count

  • Our data from Tuesday, Dec. 22, shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 557 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 12 cases having been added since yesterday. There are currently 51 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our website.
  • There are currently 4 people in hospital due to COVID, and the number of deaths remains at 20.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at Listowel Memorial Hospital continues. We are reporting confirmed cases in 4 patients and 9 staff.  
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently two long-term care outbreaks in Huron-Perth: Exeter Villa in South Huron and Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East.
      • Exeter Villa has two confirmed cases in staff members and two confirmed cases in residents. All outbreak measures are currently in place.
      • Knollcrest has two confirmed cases in staff members.
    • The Cedarcroft outbreak continues to be under control. There has been no change in case numbers: 50 confirmed cases in residents and 24 cases in staff. There are no active cases among residents or staff.
  • Schools:
    • There are currently no school outbreaks.
    • Other schools are reporting confirmed cases at this time, but the schools are not in outbreak. All schools are now closed for the holiday break.

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Today, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in partnership with Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) administered the first COVID-19 vaccine in our region.
  • Health-care workers in local long-term care and retirement homes along with selected hospital staff will be the first in the region to receive the new vaccine.
  • HPPH continues to work with MLHU, Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) as well as local partners in Huron and Perth to arrange vaccinations in London for health care workers from Huron and Perth.
  • Only priority groups established by the Ministry of Health are receiving the early vaccine doses. At an unknown later time, this will be expanded by the province.
  • For the latest information about vaccines in the province, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

Celebrating the Holidays Safely

  • While the arrival of a vaccine marks a positive turning point in this global pandemic, now more than ever we must remain vigilant in following public health guidelines since there is ongoing COVID-19 transmission in Huron-Perth.
  • This holiday season, virtual gatherings and virtual events are the safest way to visit or celebrate occasions with people outside your household.
  • Only have close contact with the people you live with. People who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one additional household to help reduce feelings of isolation and negative mental health impacts.
  • This year has not been easy, and we have all had to find new ways to connect with our families and friends. Right now we must be vigilant about connecting safely over the holidays so we can protect our family, friends and community and flatten the curve of this second wave. HPPH would like to thank the residents of Huron-Perth for all of the kindness and resilience you have shown during this difficult year, and wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday.
  • More information about COVID-19 precautions during the holiday season can be found at www.hpph.ca/holidays.