COVID-19 Update Thursday, January 7, 2021

Case count

  • Our data from Wednesday, January 6, 2021 shows that Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 793 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with 12 cases added today. There are currently 96 active cases.   
    • Details on where the active cases are can be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page. 
    • There are currently 4 people in hospital due to COVID-19 in Huron-Perth.
    • Sadly, a long term care resident who had tested positive for COVID-19, has passed away since our previous update. This individual was a long-standing resident at Exeter Villa, and we extend our condolences to their loved ones.
    • We will be sharing more on the outbreak at Exeter Villa later in the update.

 Outbreaks

  • Hospitals:
    • There are no active outbreaks to report in Huron-Perth hospitals.
    • Long-Term Care & Retirement Homes:
      • There are currently seven (7) active long-term care and retirement home outbreaks in Huron-Perth:
        • Braemar Nursing Home in North Huron
        • Hillside Manor in Perth East
        • Knollcrest Lodge in Perth East
        • Seaforth Manor in Huron East
        • Livingstone Manor in North Perth
        • Exeter Villa in South Huron (both the long-term care and retirement home)
          • Overall at Exeter Villa, there have been
            • 31 cases confirmed among the long-term care residents.
              • 11 of these cases are now considered resolved
            • 8 cases among the long-term care staff
              • One is considered active
            • 1 case among retirement home residents
              • This case is now considered resolved
    • Case numbers for all active outbreaks can also be found on our COVID-19 in Huron and Perth page. 

 COVID-19 Vaccine

  • You have likely seen the Province’s latest announcement about accelerating COVID-19 vaccinations for long-term care homes in priority regions. The Ontario government is ensuring that all residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex receive a COVID-19 vaccination by January 21, 2021. Huron-Perth has not been identified as a priority region at this time.  
  • Locally, there has been very good uptake from our healthcare workers throughout Phase One of the vaccine distribution plan, with many of our long-term care and retirement homes hitting their target in terms of the number of staff we were hoping to vaccinate at this stage. Staff continue to arrange appointments to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through London Health Sciences Centre in partnership with Middlesex London Health Unit, Southwestern Public Health and Huron Perth Public Health.
  • Planning continues here in Huron-Perth among the many partners to implement the province’s directions. All partners met again today to continue planning the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in our region using the same ethical framework and prioritizing the same populations set by the province.
  • We do not have timelines yet on when vaccine will arrive in Huron-Perth but continue to prepare as much as possible so that distribution can start as soon as it arrives.

*above remarks shared by Dr. Klassen at the January 7, 2021 media briefing.