COVID-19 Update - March 1, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, February 28, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,335 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 5 cases added over the weekend. There are currently 21 active cases.  
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. 
    • There are currently no Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • We are saddened to report another death due to COVID-19 for a total of 50. The individual was a resident of Seaforth Manor Nursing Home.  While active
      COVID-19 infection had resolved, it was determined to be a contributing cause of death.  Our condolences go out to the individual’s loved ones. 

Outbreaks

  • I am pleased to share that the outbreak at Seaforth Manor Nursing Home was declared over on February 28.
    • I want to acknowledge the many skilled and compassionate people who worked together to bring this outbreak to an end. Thank you to Seaforth Manor staff and the to the many community partners who supported the facility during this challenging time.
    • The outbreak at Seaforth Manor Retirement Home remains active, however we hope to also declare it over soon.
  • There is one active workplace outbreak, and one active congregate living setting outbreak (Stratford Jail).
  • More information on outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Our clinics continue focusing on Phase 1 populations including Long-term care and retirement home staff and essential caregivers. Those eligible are being contacted directly.
  • Vaccinations are continuing for healthcare workers, as prioritized by provincial guidance.
  • With increased vaccine supply in the region, and guidance from the Province, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH), the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), and Southwestern Public Health (SWPH) will expand eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination to additional priority groups identified in the first Phase of Ontario’s Vaccination Plan. We will be sharing more information very soon.
  • HPPH will be communicating this information widely, including through our phone line’s vaccination status message as well as print, radio, website, social media and outreach from groups and organizations
  • Please know that once HPPH announces that you are eligible for the vaccine, you are always eligible; you will not miss your chance to be vaccinated as there will be additional opportunities.

Huron Perth Public Health moves to Yellow-Protect

  • As of 12:01 am today, Huron Perth Public Health moved from Orange-Restrict to the Yellow-Protect level in the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.
  • The decision to move our region to a less restrictive level was made in consultation with Dr. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, and was approved by Cabinet.
  • Our numbers have been going in the right direction and we want to maintain these positive trends.  Therefore, it is essential that everyone continues to follow public health and workplace safety measures and advice including staying at home as much as possible and avoiding social gatherings with people outside of your household, no matter what region you live in.