COVID-19 Update - January 19, 2022

Case count

  • A reminder that due to changes in PCR testing eligibility, and case and contact management guidance, Public Health Units will not be advised of every new case, nor will every new case be detected or reported. 
  • We continue to focus our investigation efforts on cases occurring in highest-risk settings, including long-term care and retirement homes, hospitals, and some congregate living settings.
  • The number of people in Huron Perth who actually have COVID-19 is much higher than what we are reporting.
  • As of Wednesday, January 19, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 4,621 confirmed
    COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
    • There were three new deaths due to COVID-19 since the last media briefing, bringing the total to 78.  Our condolences go out to the loved ones of these individuals.
    • There are currently eight people in hospital due to COVID-19, four with active infection.
  • Data is available on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard.

 

 

Outbreaks

  • There are currently 16 active outbreaks:
    • Long-term care homes – 4
    • Retirement homes – 5
    • Congregate living settings – 7
  • The outbreak at Stratford General Hospital has been declared over, although it still appears on our dashboard today.
  • 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 or were exposed to the virus, please visit Ontario.ca/exposed and follow the isolation and/or self-monitoring guidelines to take care of yourself and protect others.
  • Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 should assume they may have the virus and may be contagious. 
  • Omicron transmission is very widespread.  Please continue to follow public health measures and advice to slow COVID-19 transmission:
    • Wear a well-fitted mask in indoor public spaces and any time physical distancing is a challenge
    • 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of January 16, we are reporting 278,959 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 79% are fully vaccinated.
    • 45.5% of five to 11 year olds have received their first dose.
    • 53% of adults aged 18 and older have received three doses, including about 89% of those aged 70 and older.
    • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • Evidence continues to show that people who are unvaccinated are at much greater risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection. 
  • The Ontario Science Advisory Table dashboard indicates that the rate of hospitalization is five time higher, and the rate of ICU admission is 12 times higher, among unvaccinated people compared to those with at least two doses of vaccine.
  • In Huron Perth, the 20% of the population who are not fully vaccinated are overrepresented when it comes to hospitalizations and deaths. 
    • Since April 1, 2021, 81% of Huron Perth residents treated in hospital for COVID-19 were not fully vaccinated.  In the same time period, of all Huron Perth residents who have died as a result of COVID-19, 69% were not fully vaccinated.  

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH has shifted online vaccine appointment booking to the Provincial Vaccine Appointment Booking System.
  • Individuals are now able to book their first, second, third or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/
  • Residents can continue to call the HPPH booking line, 1-833-753-2098, Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.
  • Most HPPH mass vaccination clinics will have walk-in opportunities. Appointments take priority.
  • To see the latest vaccination opportunities, including clinics, walk-ins and pharmacies, visit hpph.ca/getvaccinated.
  • Moderna continues to be provided to individuals over the age of 30 because of supply issues with Pfizer. Other individuals, including children ages 5-11, will get the recommended vaccine for their age group.
  • If you are ill or isolating because of a COVID-19 exposure, please do not come to clinic. You will need to reschedule your appointment.

Schools

  • The provincial government allowed in-person learning to resume on Monday, January 17
  • Measures in place to support the return of in-person learning include:
    • daily on-site confirmation of self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms before entering school
    • expanded access to rapid antigen tests
    • additional HEPA units for school boards
    • N95 masks (non-fit tested) for school staff and 3-ply masks for students
    • temporary pausing of high-contact indoor sports, high-intensity and music activities, and mandatory masking for indoor sports
    • new time-limited cohorting protocols to limit direct and indirect contacts with stricter lunch cohort requirements
    • elevated cleaning requirements at all schools
  • Schools will no longer be reporting cases or routinely notifying staff or families of confirmed cases in the school setting. Instead, schools will monitor absenteeism and inform families if it reaches 30% or more above baseline.
  • HPPH and school boards are sharing information with staff and families about how changes to testing, and case and contact management guidance affect schools.
    • We are hosting a Facebook live event on Thursday, January 20 at 7pm to answer questions about the return to in-person learning. You can find more details on the HPPH Facebook page.