COVID-19 Update - March 15, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, March 14, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,386 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 10 cases added over the weekend. There are currently 23 active cases.  
    • Details on where the active cases are, can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
    • There are currently three Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 50.

Variants of Concern

  • There are currently two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth that have a presumptive positive screen for a variant of concern (VOC).
    • Genomic sequencing is needed to confirm that a presumptive is a VOC, and which variant it is. Genomic sequencing takes at least two weeks to complete, which means the results are not usually available until after the individual has recovered from COVID-19.
    • The laboratories are no longer completing genome sequencing on all presumptive positive screens for VOC. This does not change how Huron Perth Public Health works with individuals who have a presumptive positive screen for a VOC.
  • HPPH is now reporting VOC information on on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • In Ontario, the proportion of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have a mutation or VOC detected continues to increase. It is important for everyone to closely follow personal and public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its varian

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no facility outbreaks.  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

  • Today the province launched its COVID-19 vaccination booking system and customer service desk. Eligible residents of Huron-Perth will continue to book their vaccinations through the online and phone system established by Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH). If residents use the provincial system, they will be redirected to HPPH’s system.
  • HPPH continues to add more COVID-19 vaccination appointments; currently appointments are available up to April 5.
  • As per Ontario’s three-phased plan and ethical framework, and regional prioritization, the following groups are now eligible to be vaccinated:
    • Adults 16 years of age and older who are chronic home care recipients.
    • Frontline healthcare workers in the following outpatient and ambulatory areas:
    • Hospital-based outpatient clinics
    • Primary care, including walk-in clinics, community health centres, and nurse-practitioner-led clinics
    • Home and community care
    • Adult day programs for seniors
    • Community Based Specialty clinics, including medical and surgical specialties
    • Death investigation professionals
    • Dentistry
    • Gynecology/obstetrics, midwifery, and birth centres
    • Contract nursing agencies
    • Pharmacies
    • Assisted living, group homes, residential facilities, supportive housing
    • Correctional settings
    • Hospices and palliative care settings
    • Shelters
    • Laboratory services
  • A full list of those eligible for vaccine in Huron Perth is available at www.hpph.ca/vaccine.
  • Our booking line at 1-833-753-2098 and our webpage www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking are updated regularly to let people 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.
  • 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).