COVID-19 update - February 16, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Monday, February 15, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,302 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 15 cases added over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There are currently 34 active cases.  
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 
    • There are currently no Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • We are saddened to report another death in Huron-Perth, for a total now of 49 deaths due to COVID-19.
    • The 48th death, reported on Friday, was a resident of Seaforth Manor Nursing Home.  The 49th death was someone associated with Caressant Care Nursing Home who had recovered from active COVID infection but COVID was still determined to be a contributing cause.
    • Our condolences go out to these individuals’ loved ones, and to facility staff, during this difficult time.


  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial hospital remains active.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently two 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. 
  • There is one active childcare outbreak and one active workplace outbreak.
  • Huron Perth Public Health continues to work with these facilities to help manage the outbreaks.


Return to Orange-Restrict in the provincial framework

  • Today, Huron Perth transitions from the province-wide shutdown and stay-at-home order to the Orange-Restrict level of the enhanced COVID-19 response framework.
  • This is not a reopening or a return to normal.  The COVID-19 situation is still serious, especially with the risk of new variants. 
  • Everyone is strongly advised to continue following public health measures: stay at home, avoid social gatherings, only travel between regions for essential purposes, and limit close contacts to your household or those you live with.  If cases increase again, it may be necessary to apply an ‘emergency brake’ - moving our region back into Grey-Lockdown.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • With the renewed delivery of vaccine into Canada and guidance from the Province, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), along with our regional partners  Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), and Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) will be expanding vaccination to other prioritized groups identified in the first Phase of Ontario’s Vaccination Plan, who have yet to receive a first dose.
  • We will be working with long-term care and high-risk retirement homes in their respective regions to schedule appointments for staff and essential caregivers who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Immediate priority for first-dose vaccination:
    • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, high-risk retirement homes and First Nations elder care homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine.
    • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.
    • Highest Priority health care workers, followed by Very High Priority health care workers, in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidance on Health Care Worker Prioritization.
    • Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher risk communities (including on-reserve and urban communities).