HURON-PERTH – March 11 marked one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In Canada, it is a national day of observance to commemorate those who have died due to COVID-19.
In Huron-Perth, 50 people have died due to COVID-19, mostly older adults who were residents of long-term care and retirement homes. These deaths are a tragic reminder of how severe the virus can be, especially for our most vulnerable community members.
Along with these tragic losses are the incredible challenges that the pandemic has brought upon our communities. In a press release, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) staff thanked everyone for their perseverance and compassion in helping to control the spread of the virus in the region.
As of March 10, Huron-Perth has a cumulative total of 1,371 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with five cases added over the previous day. There are currently 21 active cases.
There are currently two Huron-Perth residents in hospital due to COVID-19.
A second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Huron-Perth has a presumptive positive screen for a variant of concern. This means the individual probably has a variant of concern. Genomic sequencing is needed to confirm that it is a variant of concern and which variant it is. Public Health says genomic sequencing will take at least two weeks to complete.
HPPH continues to add more COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The booking line is 1-833-753-2098 and the webpage www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking will be updated regularly to let you know whether appointments are available to book. Individuals are encouraged to book their appointment online if they’re able as call volumes are very high.
Several local agencies are assisting seniors to book online using the HPPH booking system. Contact the Community Support Services Network at 1-844-482-7800 to be connected to a local agency that can assist in booking an appointment through the HPPH system. Through that number, accessible rides can also be scheduled where needed.
Residents are being asked not to call their primary care provider or pharmacy for further information about vaccines. Appointments are being booked through HPPH.
Everyone who wants to be vaccinated will eventually be vaccinated. Once HPPH announces that groups are eligible for the vaccine, they are always eligible; they will not miss their chance to be vaccinated as there will be more opportunities. Up-to-date vaccine information is available on the HPPH website www.hpph.ca/vaccine or by calling 1-888-221-2133, press 1.
HPPH continues to encourage everyone to closely follow personal and public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants:
o limit close contacts to your household;
o wash hands frequently;
o maintain physical distance;
o stay home when sick;
o get tested if you have symptoms;
o wear a mask/face covering (well-fitted, three-layer); and
o avoid non-essential outings and travel.