HPPH sees rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths

Huron Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 activity and outcomes since its last data update on September 3, similar to the increase happening across Ontario that is driven by the Delta variant. 

HPPH recorded 20 new cases over the weekend, for a total of 38 active cases in the region.  Seven people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19.  In addition, HPPH is saddened to report three deaths, all associated with the outbreak at Knollcrest Lodge long-term care home.  We extend our condolences to the residents’ loved ones and to the staff at Knollcrest Lodge during this difficult time.

“This is a stark reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating and we all need to be vigilant in order to decrease community transmission,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth.  HPPH advises everyone to continue following public health measures, regardless of vaccination status, including:

  • Screening before going to work or school
  • Staying home when ill, even with mild symptoms
  • Wearing masks in indoor public settings
  • Maintaining distance of two metres from people not in your household
  • Washing hands frequently

Ontario is in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This wave is being driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, and the majority of new cases are in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals.  According to the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, the Delta variant is causing an estimated 98.8% of the province’s current COVID-19 cases.

The Delta variant is more than twice as transmissible as the original form of the virus, and the risk of hospitalization and ICU admission is two to three times higher. 

Vaccination continues to be effective, and is highly effective at protecting against severe outcomes. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, on their Ontario Dashboard, reports unvaccinated individuals have a seven-fold higher risk of contracting COVID-19, 24-fold higher risk of hospitalization, and 43-fold higher risk of ICU admission compared to fully vaccinated people.

“Vaccination offers the best protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death due to COVID-19,” says Dr. Klassen.  “Getting fully vaccinated not only protects ourselves, but those around us, especially those who are more vulnerable.  I urge anyone who is not yet fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so as soon as possible.”

HPPH continues to offer several vaccination options across Huron and Perth.  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. Appointments can be booked for some clinics either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098. 

In addition to HPPH clinics, vaccinations are also available at local pharmacies and some primary care providers. Go to https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for a list of pharmacy locations.

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