Omicron spreading in Huron Perth

Huron Perth, ON – The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly across the region; Huron-Perth residents are advised to take action now to protect themselves and their loved ones as much as possible.

Omicron shows a greater ability to spread among people compared to previous COVID-19 variants. After first being identified in Ontario on November 28, 2021, Omicron is now estimated to make up to at least 30% of provincial COVID cases (see the COVID-19 Science Advisory Table Fourth Wave dashboard).

Although COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide some protection against severe illness and death, there is waning immunity against Omicron compared to other variants.

As a result, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is advising residents of the following:

Isolate if you are a contact of a COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status

All close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case, regardless of vaccination status, are required to self-isolate for 10 days from their last exposure to a case, and to get tested.

If someone you know informs you that you’re a close contact of someone with COVID-19, self-isolate immediately and get tested. Do not wait for HPPH to contact you.

Get your third dose/booster as soon as you are eligible

 “Omicron is a very different variant,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth. “Three doses of vaccine are needed to provide good protection. I encourage everyone to get a COVID-19 third/booster dose as soon as they are eligible.  If someone is not vaccinated, they are at high risk of contracting Omicron in the next several weeks.”

Currently eligible groups for a third/booster dose include: adults aged 50 and over, healthcare workers, immunocompromised individuals and First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults and their non-Indigenous household members.  Individuals can book an appointment if 168 days have passed since their second dose.  A complete list of eligibility is provided at www.hpph.ca/thirddose.  Use the dose calculator to find out the earliest date you can receive the third dose. 

Getting a vaccination

HPPH is adding more vaccine appointments as quickly as possible. Visit www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking or call
1-833-753-2098 to book. We also continue to provide paediatric vaccines for those ages 5-11.

Subscribe to www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking for updates when clinics are other vaccination opportunities are added.

Many local pharmacies are also still offering COVID-19 vaccines. A complete list is available at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations.

Limit contacts and gatherings as much as possible

There are measures we can all take to reduce the spread of Omicron.  All residents should limit their number of contacts and social gatherings they attend over the next several weeks. The joint HPPH/Middlesex London Health Unit/Southwestern Public Health Letter of Recommendation lists the following important actions.

  • Everyone should limit indoor social gatherings in private dwellings to no more than 10 people. All attendees 12 years of age and older should be vaccinated.
  • All unvaccinated individuals 12 years of age and older should avoid any non-essential indoor contact with individuals who are not part of their household.
  • Where possible, individuals should work remotely.

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