COVID-19 Update - March 29, 2021

  • On this day last year, Huron-Perth experienced its first death due to COVID-19. We have now lost a total of 50 Huron-Perth community members due to the virus, many of them older adults who were residents of long-term care and retirement homes. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends who have lost loved ones. These deaths are a tragic reminder of how severe the virus can be, especially for our most vulnerable community members.
  •  As the Easter long weekend approaches and case numbers increase across Ontario, I want to remind people to not let their guard down.  We must all continue to follow public health and workplace safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The vaccines give us hope but until the majority of Ontarians can be vaccinated, we must continue to do the following for now:
    • stay home if you are ill
    • maintain 6 feet / 2 metres distance from those who are not in your household
    • wear a face covering
    • wash hands frequently

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, March 28, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 1,414 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 6 cases added over the weekend. There are currently 16 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 presumptive positive screens for a variant of concern (VOC) have been added for a total of 8 VOC cases in Huron Perth. One of these VOC cases is currently active.

Outbreaks

  • There is currently one active COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care home. An outbreak was declared at Ritz Lutheran Villa on March 27 due to a confirmed staff case.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of March 27, 2021, Huron Perth Public Health is reporting 17,451 vaccine doses administered.
  • In alignment with the province and regional prioritization, we expanded vaccine eligibility to the following groups on March 26:
    • Adults aged 70 and older (born in 1951 or earlier)
    • 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.
  • These groups are able to access our online and phone booking system to make an appointment at a community clinic.
    • There continue to be many available appointment times. In order to help appointments move quickly, HPPH asks callers to leave only one message – leaving multiple messages slows down the appointment booking process.
  • A full list of those who are currently eligible for the vaccine can be found on our website at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking.
  • We ask that people do not attempt to book an appointment if they are not yet eligible. We are still in phase one of the vaccine rollout. Groups who will become eligible in phase two must wait until their category is announced before making a vaccination appointment. At this time, HPPH is not taking pre-registrations.
  • 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.
  • A reminder that 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.