COVID-19 Update - October 13, 2021

Case count

  • As of Wednesday, October 13, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2,255 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 33 active cases.
    • Sadly, we are reporting one death due to COVID-19 complications, bringing the total in Huron Perth to 66. We extend our condolences to this community member’s loved ones.
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • Even though cases are stabilizing in other parts of Ontario, the number of new cases has been rising in Huron Perth. Nearly all new cases locally and throughout the province continue to be among individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
  • Being fully vaccinated is the best protection against COVID-19, especially the highly transmissible Delta variant, which is the predominant strain of the virus in Ontario.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard (https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/) for October 11 provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

  •  We need to continue following public health and workplace safety measures to reduce COVID-19 spread, even if you have been vaccinated:
    • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces
    • Maintain physical distance (2 metres) from those not in your household
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Screen every day before going to work, school or childcare
    • Stay home if you are sick, even with mild symptoms
    • Get tested if you have symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19
    • Follow gathering limits, especially as more social gatherings move indoors

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 Bluewater Rest Home was declared over on October 4, 2021.
  • There are two active school outbreaks at Stratford District Christian School and Huron Christian School.
  • There is also one active community outbreak, and one active congregate living setting outbreak.
  • Details on active outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

  • As of October 12, we are reporting 202,226 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
    • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 84.1% have received one dose of vaccine, and 79.6% are fully vaccinated. 
    • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. Please note that this data is updated weekly on Mondays.
    • While the number of people vaccinated has steadily increased, there is still a large proportion of the population that remains susceptible to infection, particularly among 18 to 39 year olds. HPPH urges everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they can.

 Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth. The October clinic schedule includes clinics in many smaller communities throughout Huron and Perth Counties to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.
  • Clinics are open to anyone turning 12 in 2021 (born in 2009), and older.
  • Walk-ins are accepted at most clinics. Appointments are also available to be booked for some clinics, either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or by calling 1-833-753-2098.   
  • Please visit the HPPH website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for the latest information on clinics.
  • Remember that many local pharmacies also offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. The current list of pharmacies offering vaccine can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

COVID-19 vaccine consult services

  • For those who have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and would like to speak to a health specialist, several free services are available:

Proof of vaccination

  • We continue to receive many inquiries from people who want a copy of their vaccination receipt. As a reminder, people can download or print their vaccination receipt from the provincial portal at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/.
    • If someone needs help getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt, they should call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
    • Individuals who just need help to print their receipt can also visit a public library or Centre for Employment in Huron Perth to have a copy printed for free. 
    • If a person doesn’t have a health card or still needs assistance after calling the Provincial Contact Centre, they can call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133. Please do not come to an HPPH office as our offices are closed to the public. 
    • More information can be found on our Vaccination Proof and Certificates webpage.

Instruction for Sports and Recreational Facilities

  • Last Wednesday, HPPH, along with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health, announced additional proof of vaccination requirements for recreational facilities used for organized sports.
  • As of Oct. 31, proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport.
  • The decision to extend the requirement to anyone attending these facilities and to a younger age group involved in organized sport was made due to the nature of sport and fitness activities, which can create opportunities for COVID-19 to spread more easily. These factors include close contact among participants, forceful exhalation (heavy breathing) and increased respiratory rate, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and the removal of masks/face coverings during physical activity.
  • The goal with the instructions is to allow for a more typical sports season and to limit disruptions resulting from confirmed cases and high-risk exposures. These additional protective measures will make it safer for everyone entering a facility for organized sports, whether to play, practice, coach, volunteer, or watch.
  • Letters of Instruction have been shared with owners/operators of sports and recreational facilities within Huron Perth where organized sports are played. More information and the full letter can be found on our website.
  • On October 8, the Instructions were revised to include the following points of clarification:
    • For youth turning 12 starting in January 1, 2022, at this time they may have an 8-week grace period to become fully vaccinated. Starting April 2022, all children turning 12 must be fully vaccinated. This direction is based on the premise that children turning 12 in 2022 will become eligible on January 1, 2022; this direction may be revised as additional Ministry direction is received.
    • Municipalities/facilities were required to develop and implement a vaccination policy for facility staff, contractors and/or subcontractors and volunteers in the original Instructions. The revised Instructions keep this requirement and direct operators to the vaccine policy information in HPPH’s Letter of Recommendation for workplaces and employers.
  • In Huron Perth, unvaccinated individuals of all ages now consistently account for a greater proportion of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations than those who are fully vaccinated. These facts are important reminders that continued vigilance is needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Huron Perth.