COVID-19 Update - March 4, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, March 3, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,345 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 7 cases added since yesterday. 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 (please note the Tableau Public website is back in operation). 
    • 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.

Outbreaks

  • The outbreak at Seaforth Manor Retirement Home remains active, however we hope to declare it over soon.
  • There is one active congregate living setting outbreak (Stratford Jail).
  • More information on outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • On March 3, Huron Perth Public Health opened up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to adults aged 80 and older, and Indigenous adults aged 55 and older.
  • We reached capacity for available appointments the morning of March 4 with approximately 3500 appointments booked. 
  • The online and phone system has been closed so that more clinic dates can be added.  Bookings will reopen on Friday, March 5 at 9 a.m.
  • When the system re-opens Friday, appointments can again be booked online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine or by calling 1-833-753-2098.
  • We encourage people to book their appointment online if they are able, or have a caregiver who can help them book online, because of high call volumes.
  • Please do not call your primary care provider or pharmacy for further information. Appointments are being booked through HPPH.
  • Appointments are for clinics over the next few weeks in several locations across Huron-Perth.  This is in keeping with the Huron-Perth model of bringing vaccines to people as much as possible.
  • Caregivers and spouses who are under 80 years of age are not eligible for the vaccine at this time. Only those who are part of an eligible group are able to book an appointment for their vaccine.
  • Eligible groups for first-dose vaccination
    • Staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, retirement homes, and any residents of these settings that have not yet received a first dose of vaccine.
    • Alternative level of care patients in hospitals who have a confirmed admission to a long-term care home, retirement home or other congregate care home for seniors.
    • "Highest Priority" health care workers, followed by some "Very High Priority" health care workers.
    • Residents and staff in other congregate care settings for seniors, including assisted living facilities.
    • Adults over the age of 80
    • Indigenous adults aged 55 and older
  • Eligible healthcare workers and those connected to long-term care, retirement homes and other congregate settings will be contacted directly by a facility or through their employer.
  • If people eligible for a vaccination need help booking online, they can contact their local library. The libraries have computers available for public use and can provide technical assistance with the online form. Computer booking requirements and space limitations vary by branch location. Please phone ahead to your local library to see what assistance is available.
  • 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). We remind people to please not call their primary care provider or pharmacy for further information.