COVID-19 Update Thursday, January 14, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, January 13, shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 950 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 28 cases added today. There are currently 100 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page. 
    • There are currently 7 Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.

Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • There are no active outbreaks to report in Huron-Perth hospitals.
  • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
    • There are currently ten (10) active long-term care and retirement home outbreaks in Huron-Perth.
    • Details and case numbers for all active outbreaks can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page. 

Provincial State of Emergency & Stay-at-Home Order

  • As you know, this past Tuesday the provincial government issued a State of Emergency with increased public health restrictions and a Stay-at-Home Order.
  • The Order came into effect today, and requires everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes (e.g. going to the grocery store, accessing healthcare services, for exercise, or to attend essential work). All businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home does so.
  • In addition, the following public health measures are now in place:
    • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are restricted to a limit of five (5) people with limited exceptions.
    • Individuals are required to wear a face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.
    • Wearing a face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can't physically distance more than two metres.
    • Additional measures for non-essential retail stores, schools and child care centres are also in place.
  • For a full summary of current public health measures, please visit the Province’s webpage: Enhancing Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures in the Provincewide Shutdown

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

I am delighted to share that limited amounts of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now being distributed to long-term care residents in Huron-Perth. This is in keeping with Phase One of the Province’s vaccine distribution plan.

We have heard much interest from the community on when vaccines will be available for the general public and different groups. Please remember that the province has a three-phase distribution plan and an ethical framework to ensure Ontario is prepared to manage and administer COVID-19 vaccines over the next several months. Distribution focuses first on vulnerable populations that are at greatest risk of COVID-19 and severe illness and those who care for them.  

HPPH, in partnership with the Huron Perth Mass Vaccination Advisory Committee (HPMVAC) is guiding the vaccination program in Huron Perth. The HPMVAC is creating a Huron Perth sequencing model as well as an administration and distribution plan based on the province’s distribution plan and ethical framework.

Currently the focus is on long-term care homes and then retirement homes. Additional groups will be identified in the sequencing model; as vaccines become available those groups will be contacted.

For the general public, this is not likely for a few months. HPPH asks the public to be patient and await further information – there is no vaccination waiting list set up for the general public.

Looking ahead

Beginning COVID-19 immunizations for long-term care residents in Huron-Perth is an exciting development, but we are in a critical situation right now. Cases are rising in Huron-Perth, we are seeing multiple outbreaks and the province has raised serious concerns over the capacity of the province’s hospital system.

The most important actions we can all take right now are to continue:

  • avoiding non-essential trips outside of the home
  • wearing a face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. It is also recommended you wear a face covering outdoors if you cannot maintain physical distance of 2 metres/ 6 feet from others
  • washing hands frequently and thoroughly
  • staying home when you are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

*above remarks shared by Dr. Klassen at the January 14, 2021 media briefing.