COVID-19 rates trend down but public health concerned about complacency

Huron Perth Public Health

COVID-19 cases in Huron Perth have been trending down for over two weeks, and for the first time in nearly two months, active cases in the region have dropped below 40.

Medical officer of health, Dr. Miriam Klassen, says it’s encouraging to see this and credits rising vaccination rates, however now is not the time to be complacent.

“That will be helpful in continuing to drive down rates of community transmission. We’re still at a point where there’s a big percentage of the population that is still susceptible and cases could still take off if we’re not careful.”

Given these positive local trends, Dr. Klassen added she would support a return to in-person learning in Huron-Perth schools, but added many factors ultimately go into the decision.

“From my perspective in terms of Huron Perth Public Health’s ability to support schools with case and contact and outbreak management, we are ready for that.”

Dr. Klassen says other factors that affect school’s reopening include the situation in neighboring regions and vaccination rates.

She adds provincial officials have previously reached out to discuss opening schools.