COVID-19 Update Monday, January 4, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Sunday, January 3, 2021 shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 755 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 50 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 2 people in Huron-Perth in hospital due to COVID-19.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • The outbreak at Listowel Memorial Hospital has been declared over as of December 31, 2020.
    • There are currently no active outbreaks in Huron-Perth hospitals.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently five active outbreaks in Huron-Perth at long-term care and retirement homes:
      • Braemar Nursing Home in North Huron
      • Exeter Villa in South Huron (both the Long-Term Care and Retirement Home)
      • Hillside Manor in Perth East
      • Livingstone Manor in North Perth
    • Case numbers for the outbreaks can also be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page

Cedarcroft Update

  • I am pleased to share that the outbreak at Cedarcroft Retirement Place has been declared over. Unfortunately, many residents, families and staff suffered through a heart wrenching time during which the outbreak caused much illness and 13 deaths. Finally, after much hard work and collaboration, we can start to close this sad chapter.
  • Working together, many skilled and compassionate people brought this outbreak to an end. I want to thank Cedarcroft for their efforts and to all the front line staff and the many community partners who worked so hard to end this outbreak: staff from Cedarcroft, from Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, from the South West Pandemic Leadership for their Crisis Response & Stabilization Planning, the Huron Perth Pandemic Leadership Triad and LHIN Home Community Care.
  • As well, Perth County Paramedic Services for supporting on-site testing and decanting and making it happen with little or no notice, and the primary care physicians who stepped in to provide medical stabilization and to support decanting.

COVID Fatigue

  • Looking at our current situation, I’d like to talk about COVID fatigue. 
  • It has been a long time following pandemic response measures and we know it’s hard for some people to keep going. So many people have been through so much – please do not underestimate the reality of burnout and fatigue. We don’t want fatigue to cost our region all of the hard work we accomplished in 2020, and we want to get to that light at the end of the tunnel.
  • To help reduce the impacts of COVID fatigue and burnout, we’re recommending that everyone: Be kind to yourself, be kind to others and choose safe ways to connect and do things you enjoy. It will help give you the energy to keep going, and to keep following public health measures as vaccines start to become more available to different populations.
  • You do make a difference by keeping to your own household, keeping physical distance from anyone not in your household, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently and staying home if ill.

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Long-term care and retirement home healthcare workers continue to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through London Health Sciences Centre in partnership with Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and Huron Perth Public Health, as part of Phase 1 of the vaccine distribution plan.
  • Planning continues here in Huron-Perth among the many partners to implement the province’s directions, using the same ethical framework and prioritizing the same populations set by the province. We do not have exact dates yet for the arrival of the Moderna vaccine.

*above remarks shared by Dr. Klassen at the January 4, 2021 media briefing.