COVID-19 Update - March 22, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, March 21, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,401 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 4 cases added over the weekend. There are currently 15 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.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 50.
    • The number of variant of concern cases is unchanged at 4.

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no active outbreaks. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Increased eligibility and booking system

  • As we announced on Friday, eligibility has expanded to adults aged 75 and older (born in 1946 or earlier) and healthcare workers in a variety of settings. 
  • Due to overwhelming demand for vaccination appointments this morning, we had to shut down our online and phone booking system.  We are preparing to reopen the system on Tuesday.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank everyone for their patience.
  • A full list of those eligible for vaccine, and clinic dates and locations in Huron Perth is available at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • If you are eligible, please go to our appointment booking webpage www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call 1-833-753-2098 to make an appointment at one of our clinics. Online booking is encouraged due to high call volumes. Please note that we are not able to pre-register people for appointments if they are not yet eligible (for example, Phase 2 groups).
  • We ask that the public not call their primary care provider or pharmacy for more information on HPPH community clinics. Appointments for HPPH community clinics are only booked through HPPH.
  • Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually be vaccinated.  Once HPPH announces that a group is eligible for the vaccine, they are always eligible; they will not miss their chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities.

Vaccination efforts in Huron-Perth

  • Huron Perth Public Health has administered 11,987 vaccine doses as of March 20. 
  • We are using all of our vaccine inventory, which has been somewhat modest. To understand vaccine rollout in Huron-Perth, it’s helpful to know what the province’s strategy is:
    • The province aims to achieve a balanced and equitable distribution of vaccines to all public health units, but these rates may vary over time due to changes in expected shipments from the federal government.
    • Given the limited supply of vaccines to date, the province has focused on protecting the most vulnerable populations and those with the greatest risk of illness and death – residents of long-term care, high risk retirement and First Nations elder care homes, as well as frontline health care workers, long-term care staff, essential caregivers, and remote Indigenous communities.
    • Some public health units will also receive additional doses to target historic and ongoing hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalization and transmission.
    • Huron-Perth is not in an area of high transmission and does not have a defined Indigenous Community.
  • This means that you may see differences across public health units: some have been able to add more eligible groups than we have. Some have not been able to reach as many eligible groups as we have. Some have seen less vaccine uptake in certain communities. We have been very fortunate in Huron Perth to have such an enthusiastic response from the community. Please know that HPPH is working non-stop to get as many vaccines in arms as possible.
  • The number of appointments we can provide depends on the vaccine supply we are allotted by the province which in turn depends on federal allotments. Vaccine supply is becoming more stable and predictable, however right now it still limits how many clinics we can run.
  • Having said that, as vaccine delivery and availability stabilizes, future allocations will be more in line with the population of each health unit, and in alignment with the provincial Ethical Framework.
  • HPPH is very grateful for all the partners and volunteers involved in our mass vaccination clinics and mobile clinics. We could not do this without their support.

COVID Fatigue

  • Over the course of the pandemic we have seen COVID fatigue appear and re-appear. We are seeing it right now and it is very understandable – it’s been over a year since the pandemic began and so many of us are wishing for a return to normal.
  • When case numbers are lower, it’s easy to let our guard down.  We need to stay vigilant and ensure we’re continuing to follow public health and workplace safety measures to prevent spreading the virus. Every action – no matter how small – can make a difference.
  • We also need to remain kind to others who are making the best decisions they can based on their situation and needs. We don’t know other people’s circumstances, but we do know how to protect ourselves by staying home when ill, keeping our distance, wearing a mask, and washing our hands often.