COVID-19 Update - June 23, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from today, June 23, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,883 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 11 active cases, including three variant of concern cases.  
    • There is one Huron Perth resident 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. Please note that we have adjusted our reporting schedule so that results will be updated mid-afternoon Monday to Friday, instead of in the morning.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for June 21, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

 

  • Case numbers have continued to decline in Huron Perth; however case and contact management staff are seeing more non-compliance with isolation instructions among confirmed cases and high-risk contacts.  This is unacceptable, as it threatens the health of other members of the community and has the potential to affect our healthcare system.
    • A Section 22 Class Order remains in effect in Huron Perth. The Order authorizes HPPH to enforce individual compliance with public health instructions. Those who do not comply can be given a ticket under the Reopening Ontario Act with a fine of $750 per day. They could also be charged and fined up to $5,000 per day under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
    • While most people have followed instructions, we need to ensure everyone who have been told to self-isolate or quarantine by public health or a health care provider is doing so to minimize transmission of COVID-19 and its variants.
  • The highly transmissible Delta variant is now dominant in several areas of the province, so we need to remain vigilant to reduce the spread of COVID-19 locally.
  • HPPH strongly recommends that Huron and Perth residents and those visiting our region, minimize contact with those from outside of their household. This especially includes activities such as outdoor dining at patios, public and private gatherings and participating in other events permitted during Step One of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen.

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no active COVID-19 outbreaks in any settings.
  • The outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge was declared over on June 22. There were three confirmed staff cases and no resident cases.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Vaccine eligibility

  • Starting today, June 23, anyone who received their first dose of mRNA vaccine on or before May 30, 2021, can book a second dose appointment for a future HPPH clinic at a shortened interval. More details are available on our news release.
  • Several local pharmacies are also administering Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Huron Perth mass vaccination clinics

  • Additional community clinics have been added to the HPPH website and appointments are available as early as this week, especially in Goderich.
  • Our booking system and website booking pages have been updated to show which vaccine is expected to be primarily provided at each clinic.  However, due to supply changes, we cannot always guarantee the availability of a specific vaccine.  In that case, we will offer an appropriate alternative.
  • Pfizer and Moderna are interchangeable mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as endorsed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), and the Ontario Ministry of Health. This means that If you had Moderna or Pfizer for your first dose you can safely take either Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection against COVID-19. If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose you can safely take either Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca for your second dose for strong protection. It will also count as a completed vaccination series.
  • I encourage everybody to make their second dose a priority once they’re eligible. Whether it’s the same vaccine or a mix of two vaccine products, being fully vaccinated is important. Two doses of vaccine provide very good protection against COVID-19 and variants, including the Delta variant. As the number of fully vaccinated people increases, there is less opportunity for COVID-19 to spread.
  • To book an appointment at an HPPH clinic, please visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098.
  • Please continue to cancel any unneeded appointments.  Go to www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking and choose the Click Here to Cancel your Appointment box or call the booking line at 1-833-753-2098; press 2 (two).
  • Individuals who had AstraZeneca as their first dose and choose AstraZeneca as their second dose, can book through a pharmacy who has AZ supply: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Vaccination coverage

  • HPPH and partners continue to use every vaccine we receive. We remain very pleased by the high vaccine uptake in our region.  Youth aged 12-17 were prioritized for vaccinations between June 14 and 26, and 51% of individuals in that age group have now received a first dose.
  • As of June 22, we are reporting 111,755 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 72% have received one dose of vaccine, and 20.1% are fully vaccinated.  For those aged 18 and over (the metric the province is using for the Roadmap to Reopen), 74% have received one dose and 22% are fully vaccinated.
  • You can see this vaccination coverage information on our  COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.