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COVID-19: 488 new cases, one new death reported in Huron-Perth

Public health officials in Huron and Perth counties recorded 488 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over the long weekend as the virus’s highly transmissible Omicron variant continued sweeping across the province.

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Public health officials in Huron and Perth counties recorded 488 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over the long weekend as the virus’s highly transmissible Omicron variant continued sweeping across the province. 

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Huron Perth public health confirmed Tuesday the latest COVID-related death in the region has not been linked to an outbreak. The death – recorded Sunday, according to the health unit’s COVID-19 dashboard – represents the first of the new year and the 75th in Huron-Perth since the beginning of the pandemic.

Active COVID-19 cases in Huron-Perth reached a pandemic high of 964 on Saturday, according to the health unit’s latest figures. A new note on Huron-Perth’s COVID-19 dashboard reminds users that case counts are actually “much higher” that what is being reported now that PCR testing is no longer available to the general population in Ontario.

A breakdown of cases by municipality has been taken offline temporarily due to “high case counts,” the dashboard said.

According to Ontario Health, the seven-day infection rate in Huron-Perth was 738.4 cases per 100,000 people as of Monday while the seven-day positivity rate, also to Monday, was 20.54 per cent.

Tuesday’s data update included various new outbreaks in area long-term care and retirement homes. Cases are being reported at Hillside Manor in Perth East, Kingsway Lodge and Wildwood Care Centre in St. Marys, Queensway Nursing Home in Bluewater, Exeter Villa in South Huron, and Maplewood Manor Retirement Home and Seaforth Manor Retirement Home in Huron East.

There were also outbreaks in five area congregate living settings on Tuesday.

Eight Huron-Perth residents were in hospital Tuesday due to COVID-19.

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The health unit’s next COVID-19 news conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Ontario reported 11,352 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 10 deaths as the province’s daily case rate continued on a sharp incline.

There were 1,290 patients in hospital and another 266 in intensive care, according to provincial data released Tuesday morning.

There were 2,480 cases identified in Toronto, 1,486 in Peel and 1,059 in York region.

Of the new cases reported Tuesday, 1,647 involve people who are unvaccinated, while 445 people are partially vaccinated and 219 are unknown. There were 9,040 “breakthrough” cases in people who have been vaccinated with two doses.

There were 134,130 active cases in the province Tuesday and another 7,519 cases were resolved in the previous 24 hours.

Ontario administered more than 148,000 vaccine doses on Monday and has now administered 27,570,940 total vaccine doses, representing 87.3 per cent of the eligible (5-plus) population with at least one dose and 81.6 per cent with both doses.

In Huron-Perth, 82.9 per cent of residents five and older have at least one dose, 78 per cent have two doses, and 31 per cent have three doses, according to figures updated on Monday.

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