COVID-19 Update - September 22, 2021

Case count

  • Our most recent published data shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2126 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 31 active cases.
    • There are five Huron Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • There have been 65 deaths due to COVID-19 (8 since early September).
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • Virtually all new cases in Ontario are the Delta variant.  It is twice as transmissible as earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • In addition, the majority of new cases locally and across Ontario have been in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. Vaccination is our best protection against Delta, and against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
    • If you are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated (one dose) and are eligible for vaccination, HPPH encourages you to get vaccinated soon as possible.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for September 19, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

The Ontario Science Advisory Table Fourth wave dashboard shows the current status of cases in Ontario.

https://covid19-sciencetable.ca/ontario-dashboard/

  • We remind everyone to continue following public health and workplace safety measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19:
    • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces
    • Maintain physical distance from those not in your household
    • Wash hands often
    • Screen every day before going to work, school or childcare
    • Stay home when sick, even with mild symptoms
    • Get tested if you have symptoms
    • Follow gathering limits, especially as more social gatherings move indoors

Outbreaks

  • The outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge has ended.
  • An outbreak at Bluewater Rest Home was declared on September 17. There is one confirmed staff case and one confirmed resident case.
  • There is also one active workplace outbreak.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • As of September 20, we are reporting 196,642 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • Over the past week, 2030 vaccine doses were administered – 44% first doses, and 56% second doses.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 82.5 % have received one dose of vaccine, and 76.6% 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.

Third doses

  • HPPH continues to provide third doses of vaccine to eligible residents (those who had their second dose at least five months earlier) at Long-Term Care Homes and high risk Retirement homes.
  • To further protect those who face the highest risk from COVID-19 and the Delta variant, last week the government expanded eligibility for third doses to to additional groups, such as individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency, and individuals receiving active treatment for significantly immunosuppressive conditions.
  • Eligible individuals are encouraged to check with their treating specialist, pharmacist or physician/nurse practitioner about their eligibility.  They can also call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
  • People who are eligible can get a third dose at an HPPH clinic (two months after their second dose). They will be asked to identify and attest to their medical condition that makes them eligible, and that they have received direction from their health care provider to receive a third dose. More information is available on our website at www.hpph.ca/walkin
  • Third doses are also available through primary care providers and participating pharmacies for those eligible.

Huron Perth vaccination opportunities

  • HPPH and our partners continue to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.  Clinics are open to anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older. 
  • Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics. Please visit www.hpph.ca/walkin for details on upcoming clinics. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest updates. 
  • Appointments can be booked for some clinics either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098. 
  • Remember that many local pharmacies also offer Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Proof of vaccination

  • The provincial requirement to provide proof of vaccination to access certain indoor public settings takes effect today.  Individuals need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination along with identification to enter indoor settings such as restaurants, bars, event spaces, recreation facilities, sporting events, bingo halls, theatres and cinemas.
  • There are some exemptions to the above requirement, including people who access only certain parts of settings, people with a documented medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, and people under 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination.  For a full list, and details, of exemptions, please see Proof of Vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act (https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/guidance_proof_of_vaccinati
  • As of October 22, an enhanced certificate with QR code will be available, as well as an app to help businesses more easily verify proof of vaccination.
  • Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
  • Those who need support getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.  Public libraries across Huron Perth are also offering to help people print their vaccine receipt.
  • Throughout the pandemic, businesses and public settings in Huron-Perth have worked diligently to operate according to many public health measures in order to protect their staff and patrons against the spread of COVID-19.  We ask that patrons and community members be understanding and supportive of owners and staff at the specified settings as they work to implement this new provincial requirement.