Active COVID-19 cases remained low in Huron and Perth counties on June 9, but “we must continue to remember to not let our guard down” even as restrictions began to ease, said Dr. Miriam Klassen.
“It’s vital that we continue to follow public-health measures as vaccination rollout continues,” said the region’s medical officer of health. “This will prevent COVID-19 cases from rising in our region and is particularly important as the Delta variant is … becoming dominant in certain parts of the province.”
Using data up to date as of the 24 hours prior, Huron Perth public health reported only 20 active cases in the region on June 9. That number was the lowest they had seen since Nov. 1.
Of those active cases, seven are believed to be variants of concern.
“Certainly in Huron-Perth, our cases have declined after that surge a few weeks ago. However, we continue to see a steady influx of cases, many of which are due to social gatherings as a source of COVID-19 transmission,” Klassen said.
Indoor gatherings with people from more than one household are still not permitted and that restriction was not among those that were lifted when Ontario entered the first stage of its latest reopening plan on June 11, she added.
Just more than 82,500 residents in Huron-Perth have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, around 68 per cent of the region’s population over 16 years old. The number of residents with two doses recently surpassed 10,000, or about 8.4 per cent.
“We remain very pleased by the high vaccine uptake in our region,” Klassen said.
The health unit is currently booking appointments for eligible residents into the last week of June. Appointments for July should be opening up “shortly,” Klassen said.
In the meantime, about 4,000 Huron-Perth youth aged 12 to 17 will begin to receive vaccine over the next few weeks.