COVID-19 Update - March 8, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, March 7, show that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,364 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 11 cases added over the weekend. There are currently 24 active cases.  
    • Details on where the active cases are, can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
    • There are currently two Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains unchanged at 50.

Variants of Concern

  • One confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth has a presumptive positive screen for a variant of concern. This means the individual probably has a variant of concern. Genomic sequencing is needed to confirm that it is a variant of concern and which variant it is. Genomic sequencing will take at least two weeks to complete.
    • The individual has a history of international travel. All close contacts for the individual are in isolation.
  • As you are aware the province has put in enhanced public health measures in an effort to reduce the spread of VOCs.  Although we’re seeing a lower number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, variant cases are becoming a bigger proportion of positive cases.
  • To stop the spread of variants, the Ministry of Health has updated recommendations on when to isolate, given that household members have the highest risk of transmission from a case
    • Household members of someone who is quarantining as a high-risk contact should stay at home except for essential reasons. Essential reasons to go out include: school, childcare, work, and errands such as groceries and picking up prescriptions.
    • Household members of someone with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home, until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.
  • We encourage everyone to closely adhere to personal and public health measures to prevent the spread:
    • limit close contacts to your own household
    • wash hands frequently
    • physical distancing
    • stay home when sick
    • get tested if you have symptoms
    • wear a mask/face covering (well-fitted, 3-layer)
    • avoid non-essential outings and travel

Outbreaks

  • I’m pleased to report that the outbreak at Seaforth Manor Retirement Home was declared over on March 6.
    • I want to acknowledge the many skilled and compassionate people who worked together to bring this outbreak to an end. Thank you to Seaforth Manor staff and to the many community partners who supported the facility during this challenging time.
  • 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

  • Last week HPPH opened up COVID-19 vaccine appointments to adults aged 80 and older, and Indigenous adults aged 55 and older.
  • The clinics for March 8 – March 21 have been filled. Over 5500 appointments have been booked.
  • Because our vaccine supply is confirmed for the following two weeks, we are setting up additional clinics and will make those bookings available as soon as we can.
  • We ask that people not call their primary care provider or pharmacy for further information. Appointments are being booked through HPPH.
  • We encourage people to book their appointment online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine if they are able, or have a caregiver who can help them book online, because of high call volumes. They can also call 1-833-753-2098.
  • Several local agencies are also assisting seniors to book online.
    • Contact the Community Support Services Network at 1-844-482-7800 to be connected to a local agency near you that can assist you.
    • Through that number, accessible rides can also be scheduled where needed.
  • Caregivers and spouses who are under 80 years of age are not eligible for the vaccine at this time.
  • 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).
Phase Two of province’s vaccination plan
  • The Province has announced that phase two of its vaccine rollout will begin next month.  During Phase Two, groups that will receive the vaccine include:
    • Older adults between 60-79 years of age;
    • Individuals with specific health conditions and some primary caregivers;
    • People who live and work in congregate settings and some primary caregivers;
    • People who live in hot spots with high rates of death, hospitalizations and transmission; and,
    • Certain workers who cannot work from home.