COVID-19 Update Monday, January 11, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, January 10, 2021, shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 888 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 41 cases added over Saturday and Sunday. There are currently 106 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page. 
    • There are currently 5 people in hospital due to COVID-19 in Huron Perth.
    • We are saddened to report that an additional long-term care resident at Exeter Villa who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away since our previous update. Our hearts are with the person’s family, friends and Exeter Villa staff during this time.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • There are no active outbreaks to report in Huron Perth hospitals.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently nine (9) active long-term care and retirement home outbreaks in Huron Perth:
      • Long-Term Care
        • Braemar Nursing Home in North Huron
        • Exeter Villa in South Huron
        • Greenwood Court in Stratford
        • Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East
        • Seaforth Manor in Huron East
        • Wildwood Care Centre in St. Mary’s
      • Retirement Homes
        • Caressant Care Retirement Home in North Perth
        • Exeter Villa in South Huron
        • Livingstone Manor in North Perth
    • Overall at Exeter Villa, there have been 36 confirmed cases among residents and 9 among staff in the long-term care side. Our latest confirmed information is that 8 staff cases are resolved, 9 resident cases are resolved and sadly, three deaths have occurred among residents. There continues to be one confirmed case among residents on the retirement side, and this case is considered resolved.  

COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination status for Huron-Perth:

  • Since late December 2020, staff members from Huron Perth long-term care and retirement homes have been receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations through the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) vaccination clinic, as part of a partnership between LHSC, Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and Huron Perth Public Health.
  • As of January 11, 2021, no COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Huron Perth. However, we are preparing to move limited amounts of vaccine to Huron Perth soon, possibly within the week. In keeping with Phase One of the Province's vaccine distribution plan, these vaccinations are earmarked for residents and staff of long-term care homes.
  • I realize this is exciting news, and I ask everyone to be patient as we will share more information as more details become available.
  • The Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) continues to meet. Representation is across sectors and includes representatives from:
    • Huron Perth Public Health 
    • Huron Perth & Area Ontario Health Team representing over 60 organizations, including but not limited to:
      • Long-Term Care/Retirement Home sector (LTCH/RH)
      • Acute Care (Hospitals)
      • Paramedic Services
      • Primary Care
      • Mental Health and Addictions
      • Home and Community Care
    • Municipalities (through County Emergency Management Coordinators)
    • Others may be added as needed as planning develops (e.g. community pharmacies)
  • Tasks for the HPMVAC include:
    • Creation of a Huron Perth sequencing model
    • Huron and Perth administration and distribution plan
    • Creation of working groups
  • To learn more about who is being vaccinated in Phase One of the Province’s distribution plan and the ethical framework being used to distribute vaccines, please visit the Province's COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario webpage. 
  • While the imminent arrival of the vaccine in Huron Perth marks a positive step in the right direction for our community, now more than ever we must remain vigilant in following public health guidelines: limit contact to people within your own household, maintain physical distancing from others, wear a mask when indoors and when physical distancing is difficult, wash your hands frequently & thoroughly, and stay home when you are sick.
  • COVID-19 continues to spread in our community and these public health measures remain critical to protect our family, friends and community and flatten the curve of this second wave.

*above remarks shared by Dr. Klassen at the January 11, 2021 media briefing.