Grey Bruce Public Health report report April 14, 2021

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

Active Outbreaks:

·   0 Facility(ies) in COVID-19 outbreak. Reported in Hospitals

– Notre Dame School in confirmed Outbreak

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:

·  Weekly Vaccine Schedule – April 12

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)

·         Notes:

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

Provincial COVID-19 Data – https://covid-19.ontario.ca/data
·  Provincial Testing Data
·  Provincial Hospitalization Data
·  Provincial Likely Source of Infection Data
·  Raw Data to Download – Provincial

Vaccine_Data_Overview.pdf (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca)