Case counts continue to climb in Grey Bruce

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The Grey Bruce health Unit added another 21 cases of COVID-19 Monday.

Six new cases were in Saugeen First Nations, five in Saugeen Shores, two in South Bruce Peninsula, two in Owen Sound, and one each in Meaford, Kincardine, Georgian Bluffs, Chatsworth, Arran-Elderslie, and The Blue Mountains.

There are 139 active cases, including 27 confirmed variants of concern. Eight residents are hospitalized in Grey Bruce due to the virus, and another two residents with COVID-19 were transferred to hospitals outside the region for care.

There have been five deaths in Grey Bruce related to the virus, and three residents with the virus died outside of the region.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit reports daily case numbers have jumped to an average of 25 new cases per day with over 60 cases added on the weekend.

In a media release, public Health reports Evidence of the Delta variant has been established in numerous lab confirmed cases and is further supported clinically by the short incubation period, high transmissibility, multiple cases and clusters of cases.

The health unit has scaled up staff capacity in Case and Contact Management Team to deal with the outbreak, which the Health unit says is related to disadvantaged groups such as the homeless, drug users or transient individuals.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has requested massive shipments of vaccine from the province over the coming weeks. The goal is to have everyone in Grey Bruce with either their first or second vaccination by the end of July. These incoming vaccine supplies would be directed to larger numbers of daily mass immunization clinics being held in the three Hockey Hubs across Grey Bruce.

Public Health is also working with partners, including EMS, hospitals, physicians, and pharmacies, to provide targeted vaccine clinics to be held in locations appropriate to sectors of the community that are at greater risk due to housing and substance-use challenges.

The vaccines are effective against Delta, nearly eliminating any chances of serious illness.