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HPPH confirms four positive COVID cases containing variants

Despite emergence of mutated strains in region, case counts continue to remain low

HURON-PERTH – Vaccinations continue to roll out and case counts remain relatively low in the region, but Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen maintains that it’s not a time for the public to let its guard down.

As of March 16, Huron-Perth has four confirmed cases of COVID-19 that contain variants of concern (VOC), mutated strains of the coronavirus that have been reportedly easier to transmit amongst the population.

“I sound like a broken record, but we still need to follow Public Health Measures… whether or not (we) have been vaccinated,” said Klassen during her twice weekly media teleconference on Thursday. “The measures we can control are personal actions.”

As of Friday, Huron-Perth has had 1,395 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic one year ago. Seventeen cases are currently active, with none presently reported in North Perth, Perth East, North Huron or Huron East. Nine of the 17 active cases are localized to the Stratford area.

There are currently no active outbreaks in any of Huron-Perth’s long-term care or retirement facilities or medical sites.

On the vaccination front, Klassen said that 9,884 residents have received COVID-19 vaccine doses to date.

“We are on target to complete phase one of the target population in March,” she said.

Clinics remain underway to administer vaccines to remaining frontline health care workers and caregivers who have not received them, as well as any outstanding residents of long-term care or retirement facilities. Members of the general public aged 80 and up and Indigenous adults aged 55 and up are currently able to book vaccination appointments through HPPH’s website or phone contacts.

A list of those currently eligible in Huron and Perth counties is available online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine. On that page, scroll down and click the “+” button to expand the list of those who are eligible. Residents who meet the eligibility requirements can book their appointment online at www.hpph.ca/vaccine or call 1-833-753-2098. The health unit is encouraging residents to use the online booking option, as call volumes are high.