COVID-19 Update - September 8, 2021

Case count

  • Our most recent data shows that Huron Perth has a cumulative total of 2064 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are currently 38 active cases.
    • There are seven Huron Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
    • Sadly we are reporting three deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 60.  The new deaths are connected to the outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home. We extend our condolences to the residents’ loved ones and to the staff and residents of Knollcrest during this difficult time.
    • More details on case counts can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage.
  • The majority of new cases locally and across Ontario have been in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals. Getting vaccinated means you have a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering severe outcomes such as hospitalization, and are less likely to spread the virus to others.
    • If you are unvaccinated or partly vaccinated (one dose) and are eligible for vaccination, I encourage you to take advantage of our expanded vaccination opportunities and to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
    • Ontario, including Huron Perth, is in the fourth wave of the pandemic. This wave is driven by the Delta variant, which is twice as transmissible as the original form of the virus.
  • The Ontario Health West Region dashboard for September 6, 2021:  https://ohwestcovid19.ca/g15dashboard/ provides an overview of the general regional trend.

 

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

 

  • In addition to vaccination, other layers of protection are public health and workplace safety measures such as wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, physical distancing, washing hands often, screening before going to work, school and daycare, and staying home when sick. Some of these measures, such as masks in indoor public spaces and screening, are still required by provincial legislation while other measures such as washing hands and staying home when sick, are always important in reducing the spread of any illness.

Outbreaks

  • There is currently one active COVID-19 outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home
    • There have been 12 confirmed cases – seven residents and five staff
    • As stated earlier, three resident deaths have been associated with the outbreak

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

  • Anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older, is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • As of September 7, we are reporting 192,344 vaccine doses administered in Huron Perth by HPPH and partners.
  • Of the 2811 vaccinations administered between August 30 and September 6, 43% were first doses.
  • For Huron Perth residents aged 12 and over, 81.1 % have received one dose of vaccine, and 74.8% are fully vaccinated. 
  • Vaccination coverage can be viewed on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth webpage. Please note that this data is now updated weekly on Mondays.

Third doses

  • HPPH staff will continue to be at Long-Term Care Homes and high risk Retirement homes over the month of September for third doses for eligible residents (those who had their second dose at least five months earlier).
  • Individuals with specific medical conditions are encouraged to check with their treating specialist, pharmacist or physician/nurse practitioner about their eligibility.  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.
  • 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. 
  • We have had increased attendance at vaccination clinics since the Ontario government announced that proof of vaccination will be required for certain settings.  More clinics were added to the schedule this week.
  • Remember that many local pharmacies also offer Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations. The current list can be found at: https://covid19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Proof of vaccination

  • Starting September 22, the Ontario government will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings.  This approach focuses on indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is higher, including:
    • Restaurants, bars and nightclubs
    • Meeting and event spaces
    • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training
    • Sporting events
    • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments
    • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas
  • The requirement does not apply to individuals with a recognized medical exemption or children under the age of 12.
  • Individuals who need to provide proof of vaccination can download or print their vaccine receipt from the provincial booking portal at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1-833-943-3900.
    • The province is planning for an enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code to be launched October 22.