COVID-19 Update - March 25, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, March 24, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,402 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 0 cases added since the previous day. There are currently 11 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.
    • Two additional variant of concern (VOC) cases have been added since the previous day, for a total of 6 VOC cases in Huron Perth. Two VOC cases are currently active.

Outbreaks

  • There are currently no active outbreaks.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of March 23, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health has administered 13,595 vaccine doses.
  • In alignment with the regional prioritization committee, we are expanding eligibility to the following groups:
    • Indigenous persons 16 years of age and older.
    • Faith leaders who as part of their regular role are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to activities such as:
      • pastoral care in hospitals, long-term care homes and other setting
      • end of life care
      • ceremonies involving contact with deceased persons.
  • The above eligible groups will be able to access our booking system starting tomorrow, Friday, March 26, to book an appointment.
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • If you are eligible, please visit our appointment booking page (www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking) to book online, or call 1-833-753-2098. Online booking is encouraged where possible.
  • Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for more information on HPPH community clinics. Appointments for HPPH community clinics are only booked through HPPH.

Continuing to follow public health measures after vaccination

  • At the current time, everyone who has received a first dose or both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to follow all public health measures.
  • This is because experts are still learning about the protection provided by COVID-19 vaccines. Studies show that the vaccines are very effective at preventing people from becoming sick with COVID-19. However, right now experts are still learning more about the ability of vaccines to prevent the spread of virus.   
  • Right now we know that vaccines will protect those who receive it from getting very sick with COVID-19. Until we learn otherwise, however, it is possible that someone who has been vaccinated could still pass the virus on to others.
  • Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change the recommendations on public health measures. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
  • You may have seen that some regions, especially in countries that have been able to vaccinate more of their population, have started to change their recommendations. Canada is not there yet and the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) recommends that all individuals continue to practice recommended public health measures, whether they are vaccinated or not.
  • Please also note that provincial and local legislation and guidance around public health measures still stand:
    • Vaccination status does not qualify as an exemption to wearing a face covering in the provincial regulations.
    • Huron Perth Public Health has a Section 22 Class Order in place to ensure residents who have been told to self-isolate by public health or a health care provider are doing so. Vaccination status does not exempt someone from this order.  
  • Vaccinations mean the beginning of the end of the pandemic, but we are not quite at the end just yet. We cannot afford to let up on efforts to prevent a resurgance of COVID-19 as we move toward the vaccine’s widespread distribution.

Celebrating Easter safely

  • Easter is a special time of year for many people. It usually involves spending time with others. The safest way to celebrate Easter this year continues to be with members of your own household, or virtually. The fewer people you have contact with, the lower the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • If you are planning to attend an in-person gathering with people from outside your household, remember to:
    • Not attend if you feel ill, even mildly ill.
    • Maintain two metres physical distance from people you don’t live with
    • Wear a mask or face covering
    • Do not share food or drink
    • Wash your hands frequently & thoroughly.
  • Gatherings where physical distance is not maintained, and masks must be removed to eat or drink, pose a greater risk of spreading COVID-19.
  • Huron-Perth is currently in the Yellow-Protect level of the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework. In this level, social gatherings are permitted with 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with public health measures being followed.
  • Places of worship must adhere to capacity limits of 30% of the room indoors for services.