COVID-19 Update - February 18, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, February 17, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,304 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 1 case added over the previous day. There are currently 28 active cases.  
    • 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.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 49.


  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital site of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance remains active.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently two active long-term care home 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.


COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Today we have completed second doses for residents of long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.
  • 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 expand vaccination to other prioritized groups identified in the first Phase of Ontario’s Vaccination Plan, who have yet to receive a first dose.
  • Immediate priority for first-dose vaccination (dependant on vaccine availability):
    • 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).
  • HPPH is working with long-term care and retirement homes to schedule appointments for staff and essential caregivers who have yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • During Phase 1, eligible, confirmed candidates for vaccinations are being directly contacted.
  • When Phase 2 and Phase 3 vaccinations roll out, HPPH and partners will be sharing information widely on who is eligible to receive the vaccine and how to get it.
    • This will include direct contact of eligible participants through organizations and facilities, as well as mass media, print, and social media.
  • At this time there is no need to contact public health, a primary care provider, or pharmacies to get on any wait list.
  • Please remember that there will be enough vaccine for everyone. Anyone who wants to be vaccinated will receive their opportunity to be vaccinated. We appreciate the enthusiasm and patience of those eager to receive COVID vaccine.