COVID-19 Update - January 28, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, January 27, shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,200 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 17 cases added in the last day. There are currently 117 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 
    • There are currently 6 Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • We are reporting a total of 39 deaths due to COVID-19. Sadly, the three deaths reported since our last update are connected to the outbreak at Caressant Care, for a total of 13 deaths since the outbreak has been declared.
      • 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 difficult time. 

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • The COVID-19 outbreak on the Surgery Unit at Stratford General Hospital has been declared over as of Wednesday, January 27th.
    • There are no active outbreaks to report in Huron-Perth hospitals.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There continues to be two (2) active long-term care outbreaks and one active retirement home outbreak in Huron-Perth.
      • Caressant Care in North Perth:
        • On the long-term care side (Caressant Care Nursing Home), we are reporting one additional case among staff.
        • This means a total of 43 confirmed cases among residents and 26 confirmed cases among staff. Sadly there have been 12 deaths.
        • On the retirement home side, we are reporting one additional case among staff. This brings the total on the retirement home side to 30 residents, 9 staff. Again, sadly there has been 1 death.
      • Seaforth Manor in Huron East:
        • There are currently 37 confirmed cases among residents, and 8 confirmed cases among staff, for a total of 45 cases.  

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

In Huron-Perth, first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been completed for the following groups as per provincial direction:

  • Residents of long-term care homes
  • Residents of high risk retirement homes (definition of high risk retirement homes includes those attached to long-term care homes, those with memory units)

Other priority populations at this time include staff and essential caregivers of LTCHs and High Risk Retirement Homes, when supply permits. By focusing first on residents, staff and essential caregivers of congregate settings that care for seniors, we can prevent the most deaths.

COVID-19 vaccine supply will continue to be very limited for the next few weeks. As supplies become more stable and predictable, the province will continue to provide direction on who will receive the next doses of vaccine that arrive.

The Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) continues to plan for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across Huron-Perth, in accordance with provincial direction, the province’s three-phase distribution plan and the ethical framework.

Although vaccine supplies are currently limited, there will be enough vaccine for everyone in Huron-Perth who wants to be vaccinated. We appreciate the patience of the community at this time as vaccination planning and work continues provincially and in Huron-Perth. We will keep everyone updated.

Return to School

  • As you may have seen, earlier this morning the Province announced students in four regions will be returning to school next Monday. Unfortunately, students in Huron-Perth will not be returning to in-person learning at this time.
  • Decisions about returning to in-school learning are made at the provincial level, by the Ministry of Education, and in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health.
  • We recognize the frustration of many parents and caregivers over this decision, and we agree – we would also like to see families who chose in-person learning to get back to in-person learning as soon as possible.
  • The best thing we can do right now is follow all public health measures to bring our community rates down. This will help keep our vulnerable populations, especially those in long-term care and retirement homes, safe and help our schools succeed in opening and staying open. Controlled rates of community transmission, together with public health measures in schools, will create the conditions to allow our schools to open safely.

#BellLetsTalkDay: COVID-19 & Mental Health

  • Lastly, I want to take a moment to acknowledge that today, January 28, 2021, is Bell Let’s Talk Day. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every resident of Huron-Perth and has had negative mental health impacts on many.
  • Managing stress can be difficult, and I think we can all agree that it has been especially hard during COVID-19. I want to acknowledge how important it is to take steps for your mental health every day, and that it is okay to ask for help. No one is immune to distress.
  • Those who are struggling with their mental health or wellbeing are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or call the Huron Perth Helpline at 1-888-829-7484 for support. Additional resources for mental health support can also be found on our webpage: COVID-19 and Mental Health.

*above remarks shared by Dr. Klassen at the January 28, 2021 media briefing.