COVID-19 Update - October 27, 2021

Case count

  • As of Tuesday, October 26, Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2,309 confirmed
    COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 20 active cases.
    • Sadly, we are reporting one death due to COVID-19, bringing the total in Huron Perth to 67. We extend our condolences to this community member’s loved ones.
    • So far there have been 67 people between the ages of 25-104 who have passed away due to COVID-19.
  • Although case numbers are stabilizing, we are still seeing community transmission in Huron Perth. New cases locally and throughout Ontario continue to occur among individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated at a much higher rate than among the 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 25 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 Stratford and District Christian School was declared over. The outbreak at Huron Christian School remains active.
  • There is also one active workplace outbreak.
  • Details on active and past outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth dashboard.  

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of October 24, we are reporting 204,767 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.  2504 third doses have been administered.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 84.7% have received one dose of vaccine, and 81% 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.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth. Some November clinics have been posted on our vaccine webpage: www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking. Going forward most clinics will be by appointment.
  • 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.

Instructions for Sport and Recreational Facilities

  • As of Oct. 31, the Letter of Instruction to owners and operators of facilities where organized sports are played and/or practiced comes into effect.  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.
  • HPPH, Middlesex London Health Unit, and Southwestern Public Health extended the existing provincial requirement due to the nature of sport and fitness activities. These activities can create opportunities for COVID-19 to spread more easily, due to factors such as 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.

Provincial Reopening Plan

  • On October 22, 2021 the Ontario government released A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, which outlines the province’s gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. The plan will be guided by the ongoing assessment of key public health and health care indicators, such as the identification of any new COVID-19 variants, increases in hospitalizations and ICU occupancy, and rapid increases in transmission.  It will be supported by local or regional tailored responses to COVID-19.

Halloween

If planning to celebrate Halloween, HPPH recommends you follow the provincial guidance to do so safely.

If you trick-or-treat door-to-door:

  • stay home if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • trick-or-treat outdoors as much as possible
  • be creative and build the face covering into your costume. Remember that a costume mask is not a substitute for a face covering. A costume mask should not be worn over a non-medical mask or face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe.
  • do not crowd doorsteps – take turns one at a time
  • do not sing or shout for your treats
  • keep interactions brief with those giving out treats
  • use hand sanitizer often, especially before and after handling your face covering, after touching frequently touched surfaces, when you arrive home from trick-or-treating, and before and after handling or eating treats
  • there is no need to clean or disinfect pre-packaged treats

If trick-or-treating indoors, maintain physical distancing as much as possible and wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing is a challenge.

If you choose to give out treats:

  • do not participate in Halloween festivities if you have symptoms, even if they are mild
  • keep interactions with trick-or-treaters short and encourage them to move along after receiving their treat from you
  • consider wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • consider including the face covering as part of your costume if you are dressing up
  • give out only purchased and packaged treats
  • do not ask trick-or-treaters to sing or shout for their treats
  • clean your hands often throughout the evening using soap and water or hand sanitizer

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 in our community for seniors and others most at risk for complications from the flu.
  • The vaccine will be widely available in November through primary care provider offices (family doctors and nurse practitioners) for ages 6 months and older, and through local pharmacies. We encourage anyone with children aged 2 and older to check with their local pharmacy.
  • HPPH will be holding two influenza vaccine clinics in November, 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.