COVID-19 Update - February 25, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, February 24, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,320 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 7 cases added over the previous day. There are currently 18 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.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at St. Marys Memorial Hospital was declared over on February 24.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • Seaforth Manor remains the only active long-term care home and active retirement home outbreak
  • There is one active workplace outbreak and one active congregate living setting outbreak.
  • More information on outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Pilot community clinics for eligible long-term care and retirement home staff and essential caregivers were carried out Feb. 21-Feb. 25 in Huron-Perth; these clinics were possible thanks to the many community partners that made this happen, including Community Emergency Management Coordinators, municipalities, primary care providers, community volunteers and long-term care and retirement facilities.
  • Additional clinics will be carried out for the above groups next week. Those eligible are being contacted directly.
  • Mobile clinics are on track to administer first doses to eligible retirement home residents in Huron-Perth by end of this week.
  • As additional people join the above groups (e.g. someone is admitted to a facility or becomes an essential caregiver) they will also be eligible for vaccine; there will be additional opportunities to be vaccinated.
  • Vaccinations are continuing for healthcare workers, as prioritized by provincial guidance. (COVID-19: Guidance for Prioritizing Health Care Workers for COVID-19 Vaccination)
  • Timelines will depend on vaccine supply and availability, but we anticipate to start vaccinating community seniors (80+) in mid-March (again, depending on supply).
  • HPPH will be communicating this information widely, including through our phone line’s vaccination status message as well as print, radio, website, social media and outreach from groups and organizations such as family doctors and home care organizations.
  • We are hearing anxiety from people who think they’ve missed the opportunity to be vaccinated.  Please know that once HPPH announces that you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be additional opportunities.
  • Find the latest vaccination updates at hpph.ca/vaccines. To hear our regularly updated 24-7 vaccination status message, call HPPH at 888-221-2133 and select “1” for COVID VACCINE. Please listen to the whole message to receive all of the information.

Variants of concern (VoCs)