COVID-19 Update - January 21, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, January 20, shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,097 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 18 cases added in the last day. There are currently 148 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 
    • There are currently 8 Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • We are reporting a total of 29 deaths due to COVID-19.
    • Sadly, 4 of these deaths are associated with the outbreak at Caressant Care in Listowel.  Our thoughts go out to the individuals’ families and loved ones, and we extend our condolences to all residents and staff at Caressant Care during this time. 

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • There continues to be one (1) active hospital outbreak in Huron-Perth on the Surgery Unit at Stratford General Hospital. Huron Perth Public Health is working closely with HPHA and all outbreak control measures are in place.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently six active long-term care and two active retirement home outbreaks in Huron-Perth.
    • This week we have declared the outbreaks at Knollcrest, Livingstone Manor Retirement Home and Greenwood Court over.
    • Update on Caressant Care in North Perth:
      • Caressant Care continues to experience a significant outbreak:
        • Among long-term care home staff and residents there have been 64 confirmed cases (43 residents, 21 staff)
          • Of these cases, there are 34 active cases among LTC residents and 19 active cases among LTC staff
          • Sadly, there have been 3 deaths among residents who tested positive for COVID-19
          • On the retirement home side, there have been 36 cases total (29 residents, 7 staff)
            • Of these cases, there are 16 active cases among RH residents and 3 active cases among RH staff.
            • Sadly, one resident on the retirement side who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.  Again, our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of these individuals, and we also extend our condolences to all residents and staff
            • On January 19, residents who were not positive for COVID-19 were vaccinated; some staff were also vaccinated.

Details and case numbers for all active outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Vaccinations at the Western Fair District Agriplex will cease for at least two weeks, due to a delay in the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to Canada.
  • Given the limited vaccine supply, and in keeping with direction from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, effective immediately, all second doses of vaccine for those who have received their first dose will be rescheduled to 42 days from the date they received their initial dose.
    • Long-term care and retirement home staff who received their first vaccine dose at the Agriplex will be contacted to reschedule their second dose.
    • In Huron-Perth, we are on track to complete all first doses for residents in long-term care and high-risk retirement homes by January 27.  We are prepared to provide the second dose at day 21 – 27 after the first dose, pending further delivery of vaccine. We will extend second doses up to 42 days if required.
    • In keeping with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), extending the second dose is expected to give similar high protection as a second dose given at Day 21 – 28.

Extension of remote learning

  • Yesterday Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education announced that students in seven health unit regions would be permitted to resume in-person learning on January 25.  Huron-Perth is not among them, therefore all public and private schools must continue with remote learning at this time.