COVID-19 Update - February 2, 2022

Case count

  • As per provincial direction, Huron Perth Public Health continues to focus COVID-19 case investigation efforts on highest-risk settings, including long-term care and retirement homes, hospitals, and some congregate living settings.
  • This means that the number of people in Huron Perth who actually have COVID-19 is much higher than what we are reporting.
  • As of Tuesday, February 1, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 5,090 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. More than 1,500 of these cases have occurred since January 1, 2022.
    • There have been seven new deaths due to COVID-19 since the last media briefing, bringing the regional total to 85. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of these individuals.
    • There are currently seven people in hospital due to COVID-19, three with active infection.
  • Data is available on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard. 
    • Please note that the dashboard was revised on January 26, 2022. Due to changes in case management guidelines, the number of active and recovered cases are no longer being reported.
    • Information on past (declared over) outbreaks in Huron Perth are also no longer reported on this dashboard. To view this information, please see the HPPH COVID-19 Closed Outbreaks dashboard.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard (https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/) from January 31 provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

 

Outbreaks

  • There are currently 6 active outbreaks:
    • Long-term care homes – 4
    • Hospital - 1
    • Congregate living settings – 1
  • Details can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard. 

If you think you have, or were exposed to, COVID-19

  • If you think you may have COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or were exposed to the virus, please complete the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Self-Assessment. You will be provided with recommendations on what to do next.
  • Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should assume they have the virus and may be contagious. Please visit Ontario.ca/exposed for more information and follow the isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines to take care of yourself and protect others.
  • While new infections are starting to decline, Omicron transmission is still very widespread. Please continue to follow public health measures and advice to help reduce community spread:
    • Wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public spaces and any time physical distancing cannot be maintained
    • 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
    • Follow gathering limits
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you are able

Vaccine Update

  • As of January 30, we are reporting 287,341 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners. 
  • 84% of Huron Perth residents aged five and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, and almost 80% are fully vaccinated.
    • 47% of five to 11 year olds have received their first dose.
    • 59% of adults aged 18 and older have received three doses, including about 92% of those aged 70 and older.
    • Complete vaccination coverage details can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • Appointments are no longer required to attend HPPH community clinics; eligible individuals can walk-in to any clinic. Booked appointments are still available for those who wish to schedule an appointment in advance, and will continue to take priority at clinics.
  • In addition to our Goderich and Stratford clinic locations, our COVID-19 vaccination clinics are returning to smaller communities in Huron and Perth throughout the month of February. To see the latest vaccination opportunities and upcoming clinic dates and locations, visit www.hpph.ca/GetVaccinated
    • HPPH is looking to reschedule the Exeter clinic that was cancelled due to today’s inclement weather as soon as possible.
  • Those eligible can book an appointment through the provincial booking system online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900 (open 7 days a week, 8AM to 8PM), or call the HPPH booking line at 1-833-753-2098 (open Monday-Friday 9AM to 3:30PM).
  • Due to a more stable supply of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, HPPH mass vaccination clinics can once again provide either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) to adults aged 30 and older. As a reminder:
    • Both mRNA vaccines offer good protection against severe illness from COVID-19.
    • Mixing vaccine products is safe and effective at protecting against severe outcomes from COVID-19.

Provincial opening

  • With key public health and health system indicators starting to show improvements, the Ontario government has eased some public health measures as of January 31, 2022. Changes include:
    • Social gathering limits increased to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
    • Limits for indoor organized public events increased to 25 people
    • Capacity limits in most indoor public settings have increased or been maintained at 50 percent
    • Proof of vaccination requirements continue to apply in existing settings
  • If there are no concerning trends in public health and health care indicators, then the Province will continue to follow a cautious and phased approach to lifting public health measures, with 21 days between each step.
  • An overview of public health measures currently in place can be found on the Province’s webpage: COVID-19 public health measures and advice.