GBHU update, March 9: Health unit reports 1 COVID outbreak, 3 new cases

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GREY-BRUCE – Brucelea Haven in Walkerton remains in outbreak, while an official diagnosis of a respiratory illness at Gateway Haven in Wiarton was pending as of press time.

As of Tuesday, three new cases had been reported in the previous 24 hours – one in South Bruce Peninsula, one in Saugeen Shores and one in Brockton. There were 10 active cases, and 41 high-risk contacts. One person was hospitalized.

The vaccination program is ramping up, with 11,055 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to date.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit was able to assist a high-needs area with its vaccination program. A cryogenic freezer, donated by Chapman’s Ice Cream, was sent to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit for storage of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

In Grey-Bruce, the health unit is striving to get people over 80 years of age vaccinated by working with health care providers, organizations providing home care and through the new provincial online booking system.

People over 80 will be contacted by their health care provider or public health to book an appointment for their vaccination. People should not contact their health care provider, public health or an agency providing home care – they will be contacted.

A 1-800 number, and the provincial online booking system will be made available by March 15 for those who don’t have a family physician or whose doctor is outside Grey-Bruce. Appointments will be booked according to the person’s place in the provincial framework.

No appointments are currently being booked through this system.

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