COVID-19 Update

Huron Perth Public Health has identified four new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total cases in Huron Perth to 72.

Five of the most recent cases are in Perth East and linked to the same extended community of Low German speaking communities in Southwestern Ontario which is currently experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases. All cases in Perth East are self-isolating and contract tracing is being done with the support of the leadership of the local Low German speaking community.

Public health units across Southwestern Ontario have been working together to manage this recent surge of COVID-19 cases. The Health Units, including Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, are also actively managing cases and conducting extensive contact tracing to limit further spread of COVID-19.

Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen says, “The Low German speaking community is being hit particularly hard right now by the COVID-19 disease. HPPH is in regular contact with other Health Units, as well as the Ministry of Health, in regards to any epidemiological trends across the province, including outbreaks among different populations or locations. Our goal is to protect the health of all of our residents.”

The outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton has been declared over. The follow up investigation showed no evidence of transmission and the previous positive result in the asymptomatic health care worker was deemed to be either a prior infection or a false positive. There is no evidence of current infection in that person.

Dr. Klassen reminds people that COVID-19 is circulating in our community and across Ontario. “We must all act as if we could come into contact with COVID-19 anywhere in any community and act as if we could pass COVID-19 on unknowingly.”

Other important ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 include:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Practice physical distancing (2 Metres); and
  • Wear a non-medical cloth face covering in indoor public spaces and in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

For up-to-date COVID-19 facts, case counts, and statistics in Huron and Perth, visit www.hpph.ca.