COVID-19 Update - July 28, 2021

Case count

  • Our most recent data shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,937 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 5 active cases.
    • There are no Huron Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 57.
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • The majority of new cases have been in unvaccinated individuals. Getting vaccinated means that you are less likely to contract COVID-19, suffer severe outcomes, or spread the virus to others.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for July 26, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

 

  • Despite the drop in case numbers, we must still follow public health and workplace safety measures such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, physical distancing, washing hands often, screening before going to work, and staying home when sick. Some of these measures, such as masks in in door public spaces and screening, are still required by provincial legislation while other measures such as washing hands and staying home when sick, are always important in reducing the spread of illness.

Outbreaks

  • There is one active workplace outbreak.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Everyone age 12 and over in Huron-Perth continues to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination, as well as eligible for a second dose 28 days after the first (for mRNA vaccines) or 8 weeks after an AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • HPPH and partners continue to offer the mRNA vaccines, that is, Pfizer and Moderna.
    • Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for youth ages 12 to 17 and is the only vaccine that will be administered to youth, in keeping with age requirements.
  • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • As of July 27, we are reporting 174,023 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 77% have received one dose of vaccine, and 64% are fully vaccinated. 
  • In order to move beyond Step 3 of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needs to have:
    • at least 80% of the eligible population (aged 12+) with one vaccine dose and 75% with two doses
    • No public health unit having less than 70% of their eligible population aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to encourage vaccinations and provide additional vaccination opportunities for Huron-Perth residents, particularly younger residents.
    • For Huron Perth residents under the age of 40, first dose coverage rates range from 59% to about 63%, and second dose coverage rates for these age groups is about 30% to 46%.  This means that a significant proportion of the population is susceptible to contracting COVID-19 and to spreading the virus to others.
  • Along with protecting yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, there are benefits to being fully vaccinated, especially before school resumes again in September.
    • For example, fully vaccinated individuals may not be required to self-isolate if they are identified as High Risk Contacts to a confirmed case, because the risk of a fully vaccinated individual acquiring and transmitting infection is much lower than someone who is not fully vaccinated.
    • Full vaccination means a person has had two doses and it has been 14 days since their second dose.
    • For secondary and post-secondary students to be fully vaccinated by the time school starts in September, they need to get their first dose now.
  • Starting next week, Huron Perth Public Health will provide more options to make it easier for residents to get vaccinated, including walk-ins, evening hours, pop-up locations and a drive-thru clinic.
    • Clinics are open for first and second doses and will primarily administer the Pfizer vaccine, unless otherwise specified.
    • Walk-ins will be accepted at all clinics, sometimes during a specified time.
    • Appointments can still be booked for some clinics as well.  This can be done online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.
  • For full details about upcoming clinics, please visit our webpage www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates.
  • Remember that many local pharmacies also offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.
  • HPPH will also be hosting a Facebook Live event tomorrow (July 29) at 7 p.m. about vaccinations for youth 12-17. I will be joined by HPPH Physician Consultant Dr. Lauren Hayward. We will discuss the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination for youth, the expanded ways to get a vaccination in Huron-Perth, and answer commonly asked questions about youth vaccinations. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/HuronPerthPublicHealth.

Note: Starting in August, HPPH media conferences will be held every other week. Our next media conference will be Aug. 11, 2021.