COVID-19 Update - February 4, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, February 3, shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,244 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 10 cases added over the previous day. There are currently 75 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.
    • We are saddened to report two more deaths in Huron-Perth, for a total now of 44 deaths due to COVID-19.
      • Of the last four deaths, 2 were among Seaforth Manor Long-Term Care residents, 1 was a Caressant Care Nursing Home resident and 1 a Caressant Care Retirement Home resident.  
      • Our condolences go out to these individuals’ loved ones, and we also extend our sympathy to all residents and staff at Seaforth Manor and Caressant Care during this difficult time. 

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • There is one active outbreak at St. Marys Memorial hospital, which was declared on January 31.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are 4 active long-term care outbreaks and 2 active retirement home outbreaks in Huron-Perth. A few things to note on these outbreaks:
      • Caressant Care in North Perth:
        • There have been no new cases on either the long-term care or retirement side, which is good news.
        • Sadly, as I shared earlier, there have been two additional deaths for a total of 15 resident deaths at Caressant Care  - 13 on the long-term care side and 2 on the retirement side. 
      • Seaforth Manor in Huron East:
        • On the long-term care side, there have been three additional cases among staff since Monday’s report for a total of 16 confirmed cases. No change in confirmed cases among residents – count is still at 41.
        • Unfortunately, there have been three nursing home resident deaths associated with this outbreak. 
        • An outbreak in the retirement home was declared on January 31. There are 5 confirmed cases among residents.
  • Total case numbers for all active outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 

Schools

  • As you’re aware, the province announced yesterday that in-person learning for students in Huron-Perth will resume on Monday, February 8.
  • I’m very pleased by this news and I know many families are too.
  • We have seen a downward trend in community transmission of COVID-19 over the last two weeks.  This decline, in addition to enhanced public health measures in schools, means there is a lower risk of the virus spreading in schools. 
  • I do want to emphasize the importance of everyone continuing to follow all public health measures to keep our community rates down. Fewer cases in our community, together with public health measures in schools, will allow our schools to safely remain open.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • I’m happy to share that today we have begun second doses for residents in long-term care homes and high-risk retirement homes.
  • The province will continue to provide direction on who will receive the next doses of vaccine that arrive.
  • You may have seen that other Health Units have begun to release their mass vaccination plans. This is an unusual opportunity for health units – we always have mass vaccination plans prepared as part of our public health mandate. However, given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and the scale of COVID-19 response, there is a lot of public interest in how exactly vaccinations will roll out.
  • The Huron-Perth COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan will be released shortly and we are excited, along with the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) to share more information.
  • The important thing to remember is that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated. We will be sharing information regularly and widely on who can get vaccinated next, and how to get vaccinated, especially as vaccines become more widely available in the next few months through Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the province’s three-phase plan. (A reminder that we are currently in Phase 1, focusing on long-term care).