New COVID-19 outbreak in Huron Perth

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Huron Perth Public Health added 15 new cases of COVID-19 since Saturday, seven of those in Stratford. There are 29 active cases, but no new fatalities. Three people are hospitalized.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen said several outbreaks have been resolved, including Caressant Care in Listowel, and the Relouw Child Care Centre in Exeter.

There are outbreaks at both Seaforth Manor homes, the Stratford Jail, one workplace, and St. Marys Hospital.

The outbreak at the Stratford jail has affected nine inmates and it will be closed for at least two weeks. Other inmates will be transferred to other jails to be isolated.

Dr. Klassen said vaccinations continue for priority groups in Stage One.  She added they hope to start vaccinating seniors over 80 who live in the community by mid March or sooner depending on supply.

She says with new variants circulating in Canada, self isolation rules and school screening tools have been enhanced.

Household members of someone with symptoms should stay home until the patient receives a negative test result. Household members of a high risk contact should also stay home, other than for essential purposes.