COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2022

Case count

  • The number of people in Huron Perth who actually have COVID-19 continues to be much higher than what we are reporting. As per provincial direction, Huron Perth Public Health continues to investigate COVID-19 cases in highest-risk settings, including long-term care and retirement homes, hospitals, and some congregate living settings.
  • As of today, March 16, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 5,892 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
    • There have been two new deaths due to COVID-19 since the last media briefing, bringing the total in Huron-Perth to 95. Our condolences go out to the loved ones of these two individuals.
    • There is currently one person in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • Data is available on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard. 

Ontario Science Advisory Table dashboard

Outbreaks

  • There are currently four active COVID-19 outbreaks in highest-risk settings:
    • Hospital – 1
    • Long-term care – 1
    • Retirement – 1
    • Congregate living – 1
  • Details can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard.

Provincial reopening

  • As public health measures continue to improve or remain stable, Ontario is proceeding with its plan to gradually lift public health and workplace safety measures.  Effective March 21, 2022 the following will be lifted:
    • Masking requirements in most places, including schools
    • Other measures in schools, such as cohorting and daily on-site screening
    • Other regulatory requirements for businesses including passive screening and safety plans
  • Masking requirements will remain in effect until April 27 in the following settings:
    • Public transit
    • Long-term care, retirement homes and other healthcare settings
    • Shelters
    • Jails
    • Congregate living settings

Continued caution: reduce your risk

  • Ontario is now focusing on living with, and managing, COVID-19. This means that businesses, organizations and individuals must make their own decisions on how to protect themselves, their employees and their customers from COVID-19. 
  • COVID-19 continues to circulate and remains a potentially serious illness. The following groups are at higher risk of severe outcomes (long COVID, hospitalization or death) from COVID-19:
    • People of advanced age
    • People living in congregate settings
    • People with underlying health conditions
    • People who are unvaccinated
  • In addition HPPH encourages businesses and individuals to reduce risk through:
    • vaccination
    • self-screening
    • staying home if ill
    • physical distancing
    • working from home if possible

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of March 14, we are reporting 294,596 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners. 
  • 84% of Huron Perth residents aged five and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 81% are fully vaccinated.
    • 48% of five to 11 year olds have received their first dose and 30% are fully vaccinated.
    • Close to 62% of adults aged 18 and older have received three doses, including more than 93% of those aged 70 and older. Almost 18% of those aged 80 and older have received a fourth dose.
      • Advanced age continues to be the most significant risk factor for a poor outcome with a COVID-19 infection.
    • Complete vaccination coverage details can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • Vaccination is the best defence against COVID-19 and a key part of the longer-term management of the virus.  Individuals who are not vaccinated remain at much higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19.  HPPH urges everyone eligible to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as they are able. 

 Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue this month in many smaller communities across Huron and Perth. 
  • All clinics are family-friendly and welcome eligible individuals aged five and over for first, second, and third/booster doses.  The majority of clinics accept both appointments and walk-ins.
  • To see the latest vaccination opportunities and upcoming clinic dates and locations, visit www.hpph.ca/GetVaccinated.  
  • HPPH expects to scale back its vaccination clinics in April and beyond, while ensuring Huron Perth residents are aware of local vaccination opportunities.
  • We will be offering mobile clinics to businesses/organizations who have eligible staff and/or volunteers needing a first, second or third/booster dose. 
  • HPPH will soon be receiving a limited supply of NOVavax Nuvaxovid, the recently approved protein-based COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals who are eligible for and interested in receiving this vaccine can call COVID Intake at 1-888-221-2133 ext 3299 to be placed on a wait list.
    • NOVavax Nuvaxovid has been approved by Health Canada for adults 18+ who:
      • Have not received any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
      • Have allergies to mRNA vaccines or who are looking to receive a non-mRNA vaccine

HPPH media briefings

This will be the last regularly scheduled HPPH media briefing. If your outlet is on our media list, you will continue to receive our media updates and releases, as well as any invitations to future media briefings.

Thank you for joining us over the past two years; I’ve appreciated your regular questions and the thorough coverage of how this pandemic has affected Huron-Perth. While we are moving into a new way of living with COVID-19, the pandemic is not over and we will continue to be a source of available information for media and the public.