COVID-19 Update - February 11, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, February 10, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,280 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 8 cases added over the previous day. There are currently 42 active cases.  
  • We are following a lower number of active COVID-19 cases due to the decrease in the number of new cases over the past few weeks.  In addition, as isolation periods end, the number of active cases declines.
    • 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.
    • We are saddened to report another death in Huron-Perth, for a total now of 47 deaths due to COVID-19.
    • This was a community death who had previously been in Long Term Care. Our condolences go out to this person’s loved ones during this difficult time.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial hospital remains active.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently three active long-term care outbreaks and two active retirement home outbreaks.
    • More information on these can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 
  • We have our first outbreak at a licensed childcare setting – Relouw Early Childhood Learning Centre in Exeter.
  • Huron Perth Public Health continues to work with these facilities to help manage the outbreaks.
  • As of today, we are reporting additional outbreak settings on our webpage:  community, congregate living, and workplace.  We will only disclose the names of these settings in situations where contact tracing cannot be completed and we determine there may be a risk of exposure to the public.
    • There are no active outbreaks in any of these settings at this time

 

Caressant Care

  • I am pleased to share that the outbreak at Caressant Care Nursing Home (the long-term care side) was declared over on February 9. Unfortunately, many residents, families and staff suffered through a heart-wrenching time during which the outbreak caused much illness and a number of deaths. Finally, after much hard work and collaboration, we can start to close this sad chapter.
  • Working together, many skilled and compassionate people brought this outbreak to an end. I want to thank Caressant Care and all frontline staff for their efforts to end this outbreak.
  • I also want to thank the partners who supported the facility:
    • Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance and the LHIN for additional staffing
    • The South West Pandemic Leadership for their Crisis Response & Stabilization Planning, the Huron Perth Pandemic Leadership Triad and LHIN Home Community Care.
    • Perth County Paramedics for supporting on-site testing and decanting, and the primary care physicians and staff who stepped in to provide medical stabilization and to support decanting and staffing.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • This week we are continuing to give second doses to residents of long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.
  • Staff, residents and essential caregivers of these facilities remain the priority population  and the province will continue to provide direction on who receives the next doses of vaccine that arrive.
  • Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has released the Huron Perth COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan overview, based on the model of “bringing vaccines to people”.
    • We’re a large geographic area with small populations distributed throughout. We’re committed to providing vaccinations equitably across Huron-Perth for everyone who wants to be vaccinated and want to remove as many barriers as possible.
    • Given these factors, the model that made the most sense was to bring vaccines to people instead of people to vaccines.
  • The Huron-Perth model will rely on the Three Ms:
    • Mass vaccination clinics
    • Mobile clinics
    • Multiple sites and partners
  • Multiple sites across both counties will ensure geographic reach
    • Tentative hub locations are Wingham, Clinton, Goderich, Exeter, Listowel, Stratford, St. Mary’s, Milverton, Mitchell and Seaforth; these locations also align with primary care partners who are prepared to provide support.
  • HPPH is prepared to scale up vaccinations by activating more clinics and extending hours if supplies increase.
  • The goal of HPPH and partners is to vaccinate at least 75% of the eligible population in Huron Perth as quickly and safely as possible.
  • All vaccines will be administered in accordance with provincial guidance and the provincial ethical framework.
  • Visit hpph.ca/vaccines to see the plan overview and learn more.