COVID-19 Update - November 10, 2021

Case count

  • As of Wednesday, November 10, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2,411 confirmed
    COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 55 active cases.
    • The number of deaths remains unchanged at 67
    • There are currently two people hospitalized due to COVID-19.
  • We continue to see a steady number of new cases and moderate levels of community transmission in Huron Perth. The more community transmission of the virus, the higher the likelihood of outbreaks in schools, workplaces and other settings.
  • We are also observing that cases are no longer declining in Ontario. It is very important that we continue to work together to increase vaccination rates and maintain some public health measures; otherwise, cases could escalate again, to the point of causing workplace  and school closures and overwhelming our healthcare system.
  • The Delta variant, which is the predominant strain of the virus in Ontario, spreads very easily in closed indoor spaces, when there is prolonged close contact (within two metres) and when prevention measures are not carefully followed, such as at social gatherings.
  • Throughout the fall, Ontarians will celebrate a number of holidays. In general:
    • virtual gatherings or events are the safest way to celebrate, especially if people in the group are unvaccinated or if their vaccination status is unknown
    • gatherings or events outdoors are safer than indoors
    • the fewer people who gather, the lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission
    • it is important to remember that knowing someone does not reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19
  • Please continue to follow public health measures and advice to prevent virus transmission:
    • Stay home if ill, even with mild symptoms
    • Screen before going to work, school, church etc.
    • Wear a mask in indoor public settings and any time physical distancing can’t be maintained
    • Keep two metres from people not in your household
    • Wash hands frequently
  • The risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection is much higher in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals compared to vaccinated individuals; when breakthrough cases occur in vaccinated people, they tend to be milder with a much lower risk of hospitalization, ICU admission and death.
  • Being fully vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19, especially the Delta variant.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard (https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/) for November 8 provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

The Ontario Science Advisory Table Fourth wave dashboard (https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/) shows the current status of cases in Ontario, and the current COVID-19 risk by vaccination status:

Outbreaks

  • The outbreak at Huron Christian School was declared over. The outbreak at Milverton Public School remains active.
  • There are two active workplace outbreaks.
  • Details on active and past outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of November 8, we are reporting 206,507 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners. 
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 85.2% have received one dose of vaccine, and 82.1% are fully vaccinated. 
  • Those in the 18-39 age group continue to have the lowest vaccination coverage, with about one third not protected from infection.
  • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • HPPH urges everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they can. There are still approximately 9000 unvaccinated people aged 12 years and older, and  more than 18,000 children ages 0 – 11 in Huron Perth; this is a large population that can become infected with COVID-19 and drive ongoing transmission.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to offer first, second, third, and booster doses across Huron and Perth.
  • November clinics have been posted on our vaccine webpage: www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. More dates will be added.
  • Clinics are by appointment; walk-ins may be announced if clinics are not fully booked.
    • Appointments can be booked online or by calling 1-833-753-2098.   
  • Many local pharmacies also continue to offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies offering vaccine can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Third doses

  • As you know, the province has made several groups eligible for a third dose (booster dose) of COVID-19 vaccine if at least six months (168 days) have passed since their second dose.
    • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier);
    • Health care workers
    • Designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (including long-term care home and retirement home staff and designated caregivers);
    • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine); and
    • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.
  • Please note that for the above groups we can only administer a third dose if at least six months (168 days) has passed since the second dose. It is very important that before booking an appointment, eligible people check to see what their earliest third dose date could be.
    • Before booking an appointment, please check your eligibility using our third dose calculator, available at www.hpph.ca/thirddose
    • Our Get a Vaccination webpage also lets you know what the date was 168 days previous so you can check your second dose date against that.
  • Unfortunately, our vaccination clinics have had to turn away people this week because not enough time had passed since their second dose.
  • We also cannot administer booster doses early to accommodate travel plans.
  • Immunocompromised individuals continue to be eligible for a third dose about two months after their second dose. A complete list of eligibility, including when you can receive a third dose, is provided at www.hpph.ca/thirddose.

Remembrance Day

If planning to observe Remembrance Day by attending a public event:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • wear a mask/face covering indoors and wear one outdoors if physical distancing cannot be maintained, or is required
  • wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
  • consider participating virtually or not attending the event if you are immunocompromised or at higher risk of severe disease and/or exposure to COVID-19.

Influenza

  • The influenza virus can cause severe respiratory illness. We strongly encourage everyone 6 months and older to get their influenza vaccination (“flu shot”) this year. The vaccine is your best defence against influenza illness and related complications.
  • The influenza vaccine is now available through primary care provider offices (family doctors and nurse practitioners) for ages 6 months and older, and through pharmacies. We encourage anyone with children aged 2 and older to check with their local pharmacy.
  • HPPH will be holding two influenza vaccine clinics for families with children between 6 months and 2 years old, who do not have a family doctor or nurse practitioner.
    • November 15, 3-6 PM | HPPH West Gore office, Stratford  
    • November 22, 3-6 PM | Jacob Memorial Building, Clinton
    • An appointment is required. Appointments can be booked online at www.hpph.ca/flu or by calling our booking line at 1-833-753-2098.