COVID outbreak reported at Brucelea Haven

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GREY-BRUCE – An outbreak of COVID-19 has been reported at Brucelea Haven in Walkerton, after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

The case was reported as Grey-Bruce moved into the ‘green – prevent’ level of the Ontario COVID-19 response framework.

As of Tuesday morning, March 2, three new cases had been reported in the previous 24 hours – two in Grey Highlands and one in South Bruce. There are presently 12 active cases and 31 high-risk contacts. One person is hospitalized and there have been two deaths from COVID-19. The cumulative total number of cases in Grey-Bruce is 703.

To date, 7,484 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. This includes residents, staff and essential caregivers in long-term care homes, and 100 paramedics.

Firefighters and police officers are receiving their vaccinations this week. Vaccination of adults 80 years of age and older also begins this week.

All long-term care residents, staff and essential caregivers have received their first dose of the vaccine, and some have received their second dose. All high-risk retirement home staff and residents have also received their first dose, along with high and very high-risk health-care workers in hospital settings.

The local health unit is getting a lot of calls from people 80 years old and over, who want to know when they will get their vaccine. The health unit reports it’s working with primary care providers in Grey-Bruce to get dose counts and clinics organized.

People are advised not to call their health-care provider or the health unit to try to book an appointment. The vaccine is being administered by health-care providers and they will reach out to their patients directly. For people without a primary care provider, the health unit is working on a plan to ensure everyone will have access to the vaccine – details will be announced when plans are finalized.

The health unit continues to work with limited vaccine supplies. A number of different clinic models will roll out this week in conjunction with primary care. For smaller practitioner-based clinics, the physician will call patients and make immunization arrangements. Certain larger family health team clinics with larger numbers of patients will hold local physician-led clinics. Certain community clinics will combine

clients from a number of different physician practices for large numbers of clients.

Public health will use the hub model and other community sites as practices identify needs for additional space, and anticipates opening larger community-based clinics when the province “goes live” with the online scheduling on March 15.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times