COVID-19 Update - March 11, 2021

One-year anniversary of pandemic

Today, March 11, marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Canada, it is a national day of observance to commemorate those who have died due to COVID-19.

In Huron-Perth, 50 people have died due to COVID-19, mostly older adults who were residents of long-term care and retirement homes. These deaths are a tragic reminder of how severe
the virus can be, especially for our most vulnerable community members.

Along with these tragic losses are the incredible challenges that the pandemic has brought upon our communities.  We thank everyone for their perseverance and compassion in helping to control the spread of the virus in Huron-Perth.  After a very difficult year, vaccines give us hope of ending the pandemic. Until then, we urge everyone to continue following all personal and public health measures.

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, March 10, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,371 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 5 cases added over the previous day. 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 two Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 50.

Variants of Concern

  • A second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth has a presumptive positive screen for a variant of concern. This means the individual probably has a variant of concern (VOC). Genomic sequencing is needed to confirm that it is a variant of concern and which variant it is. Genomic sequencing will take at least two weeks to complete.
  • We encourage everyone to closely follow personal and public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants:
    • limit close contacts to your own household
    • wash hands frequently
    • maintain physical distance
    • stay home when sick
    • get tested if you have symptoms
    • wear a mask/face covering (well-fitted, 3-layer)
    • avoid non-essential outings and travel

Outbreaks

  • The outbreak at the Stratford Jail has been declared over.
  • There is one active workplace outbreak.
  • More information on outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • HPPH continues to add more COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Our booking line at 1-833-753-2098 and our webpage www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking will be updated regularly to let you know whether appointments are available to book.
  • We encourage eligible individuals to book their appointment online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine if they’re able. They can also call 1-833-753-2098. We request patience as call volumes are very high.
  • Several local agencies are assisting seniors to book online using the HPPH booking system. Contact the Community Support Services Network at 1-844-482-7800 to be connected to a local agency near you that can assist you in booking an appointment through the HPPH system. Through that number, accessible rides can also be scheduled where needed.
  • Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for further information about vaccines. Appointments are being booked through HPPH.
  • There have been instances of people in Stratford mistakenly booking an appointment for COVID-19 testing rather than a vaccination.
    • All COVID-19 vaccination clinics are operated by Huron Perth Public Health.  Appointments must be booked through HPPH.
    • The Stratford COVID-19 testing centre is run by the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.  Apointments for testing are booked through HPHA.
    • Residents are encouraged to ensure they are making an appointment with the correct agency for the service they intend (i.e. testing vs vaccine).
  • Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually be vaccinated.  Once HPPH announces that groups are eligible for the vaccine, they are always eligible; they will not miss their chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.
  • Up-to-date vaccine information is available on the HPPH website www.hpph.ca/vaccine or by calling 1-888-221-2133, press 1 (one).