Five new COVID deaths reported by Huron Perth Public Health

The five deaths were connected to two outbreaks in long-term care facilities

 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is reporting five deaths due to COVID-19, as well as three hospitalizations and six outbreaks in highest-risk settings.

The five deaths were connected to two outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

HPPH is also reporting an additional eighty confirmed cases of COVID-19 in high-risk individuals in the last week. Since PCR testing is limited only to high-risk individuals, the number of people in Huron-Perth who have COVID-19 is much higher than confirmed case counts.

Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health says though we’re in a better position to fight COVID-19 than two years ago, it remains a serious infection. So far in 2022, 43 people in Huron-Perth have passed away due to COVID-19.

In order to protect yourself and others from infection, the Health Unit recommends:

  • Staying home when sick, even with mild symptoms, and keeping ill children out of childcare
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate. Follow the instructions at ontario.ca/exposed or call the Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line at 1-888-777-0730. This line is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been possibly exposed to someone with COVID-19, visit ontario.ca/exposed or call the Provincial Testing and Isolation Information Line above to learn what to do next.
  • There continue to be masking requirements for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19. Visit ontario.ca/exposed to learn more.
  • Know your risk and whether you are eligible for early testing and treatment for COVID-19. Have a plan to access that testing and treatment; visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-treatments to learn more.
  • Even without a known exposure to COVID-19, wear a well-fitted three-layer cloth mask or medical mask in indoor public settings.
  • Maintain good ventilation in indoor spaces (for example by opening windows)
  • Wash hands frequently and;
  • Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations.

As of yesterday, parents and caregivers of children 6 months to under 5 years are also able to book a pediatric vaccine appointment. To do so, visit www.hpph.ca