Current Situation: Grey Bruce is part of the province-wide emergency shutdown effective Saturday April 3, 2021. The government intends to keep this shutdown in place for at least four weeks.
The Grey Bruce Health Unit is declaring a CRITICAL THRESHODLD COVID-19 cases in Grey Bruce. We received 48 new cases in the addition to the below 25 new cases with hundreds of additional close contacts. This is a significant situation requiring a Grey Bruce-wide response, otherwise the pandemic locally will potentially spiral out of control. Drastic measures are required and will be implemented imminently. A media release on this situation follows.
Testing and case counts reported as of 23:59 hrs, April 13, 2021:
TWENTY-FIVE new cases reported in the past 24 hours in Grey Bruce (11– Owen Sound, 3–The Blue Mountains, 2–Grey Highlands, 2–Hanover, 2 – Meaford, 1–Arran-Elderslie, 1 – Brockton, 1 – Huron-Kinloss, 1 – South Bruce Peninsula, 1 – West Grey) bringing the total confirmed cases to 959 [includes 99 cases of Variants of Concern (VOC), 25 active – 2 Case(s) added as transferred in from other health units: 1 – Saugeen Shores, 1 – Southgate)
· 111 active case(s)
· 498 active high-risk contacts
· 870 resolved cases
· 1 confirmed case(s) hospitalized in Grey and Bruce due to COVID-19
– 3 case(s) hospitalized outside Grey Bruce due to COVID-19
· 5 deaths
– 1 of these deaths related to a Grey Bruce resident that acquired the infection and was treated outside of Grey Bruce
– 1 of these deaths related to a case that acquired the infection in Grey and Bruce however passed away outside of Grey and Bruce
· 85 cases reported in health care workers; reports health care workers living in Grey Bruce and working both in and outside Grey Bruce
- 0 Facility(ies) in COVID-19 outbreak. Reported in Long-Term Care/Retirement Homes
- 1 Facility(ies) in COVID-19 outbreak. Reported in Schools
– Notre Dame School in confirmed Outbreak
- 0 Facility(ies) in COVID-19 outbreak. Reported in Childcare Centres
NEW* Active School Investigations: Schools (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
· All School Investigations are now available in table format. If an investigation is confirmed as an outbreak, the investigation will be moved to the outbreak table.
Vaccine – Website and Dashboard – New
· Vaccine shipment week of April 12, 2021, 6380 doses received
· 8352 COVIC Vaccines given in the past 7 days
· 41076 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Grey and Bruce (Vaccine_Data_Overview.pdf (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca))
– Vaccine Progress April 12 (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
Future Vaccination Planning:
o For week of April 12, vaccinations will focus on: clients 60+ (Hockey Hubs); First Nation Communities; any remaining phase 1 qualifying residents; congregate settings, family health team clinics; participating pharmacies, immunocompromised focused clinics, school and childcare staff, those with the highest and high risk health conditions. Other Currently Eligible Groups (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
o For age based and eligible group bookings, please visit: Grey Bruce Health Unit (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca) and follow the instructions.
o Grey Bruce Health Unit Other Eligible Groups in Phase 2 Booking System – Other Currently Eligible Groups (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
o Frequently asked questions – visit: Book Vaccine Appointment (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)
o Appointments are not available by calling your healthcare provider. Appointments are not available by calling the Health Unit.
Actions Taken In the Past 24 Hours:
· Media Release COVID-19 Associated with Georgian Bay Community School
· Media Release COVID-19 Confirmed Outbreak at Queen of Hearts Nursery School
· Public Health has been actively engaged to support schools with ongoing updates and consultation meetings with local Boards and officials from all schools in Grey and Bruce
- GBHU COVID-19 Team continue with case and contact management, reporting, and responding to COVID-19 related calls. Contact tracing exceeds provincial targets with 100% of all cases contacted within 24 hours
- GBHU Team continue to ensure essential public health activities not related to COVID-19