Grey-Bruce area has 56 active COVID-19 cases

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GREY-BRUCE – While numbers in neighbouring counties continue to climb, and Toronto area numbers are skyrocketing, Grey-Bruce is reporting decreasing numbers – three in the 24 hours prior to May 1 (two in Georgian Bluffs and one in Brockton) for a total of 56 active cases with 209 active high-risk contacts.

To date there have been 1,209 cases including 282 of variants of concern, 32 of which are active.

Three people are hospitalized in Grey-Bruce with COVID-19 and one person is hospitalized outside the area.

Seven cases have been transferred from other health units to local intensive care units; they are not reflected in local case counts.

There are no new outbreaks reported in facilities.

Vaccines

To date, 60,236 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

People over age 60, as well as those considered to have high-risk health conditions (and caregivers) are eligible to use the provincial booking system for COVID-19 vaccination.

Those with high-risk conditions include organ transplant recipients, people with neurological diseases where respiratory function may be compromised (motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis), haematological malignancy, kidney disease, pregnant women, and one essential caregiver for those in this group. Call 1-888-999-6488 or book online. Check the Grey Bruce Health Unit website for information.

The local booking system is available for anyone from phase one who is not yet vaccinated (health-care workers, Indigenous adults), people who live and work in high-risk congregate settings, people with high-risk chronic conditions and certain caregivers, education workers (teachers, school bus personnel and childcare staff), and women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Call 1-833-1999 (Grey Bruce Community Connections) weekdays 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Check the Grey Bruce Health Unit website for information.

There’s a video on the health unit website about the mRNA vaccines – check it out if you want to learn more.

Clinics

The vaccine hub at the Harry Lumley Bayshore arena in Owen Sound has moved to the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre in Owen Sound. That’s where future clinics will be held.

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