Grey Bruce Health Unit reports rising COVID numbers, Dec. 28

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GREY-BRUCE – As of Dec. 27, the Grey Bruce Health Unit was reporting 83 new cases of COVID-19 including 19 in Saugeen Shores, 15 in Owen Sound and 10 in Kincardine. Brockton had four cases.

This brings the number of active cases to 505, with six people in hospital with COVID.

The local health unit is no longer reporting the number of high-risk contacts, but will be following provincial directions and focusing on high-risk settings like hospitals, retirement and long-term care homes and other vulnerable congregate settings such as shelters.

In addition to provincial directions, the local health unit will continue to contact all cases in Grey-Bruce to inform them of positive results and conduct an initial assessment.

As stated by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, people who have tested positive will be asked to notify their close contacts directly. Those receiving such a call should isolate. People from the same household of positive cases need to stay home and isolate, no matter what their vaccination status is.

The updated process on testing and case management is available on the health unit’s website. It includes information that a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days, from when symptoms started or when a positive test was collected, whichever is sooner.

Cases across the province continue to rise, with 8,825 new cases reported on Tuesday.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is implementing a plan, in partnership with Bruce Power, to provide all eligible Grey-Bruce residents with their third dose of vaccine during a two-week period in January.

The plan is to use “hockey hub” model clinics to deliver the booster doses. Three mass vaccination clinics are being set up in Owen Sound, Chesley and Port Elgin.

The hockey hub mass vaccination clinic model was developed by Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health for Grey-Bruce. This type of clinic uses a streamlined process to allow a small number of health professionals, assisted by non-medical people, to vaccinate a large number of people quickly and safely. The model has been adopted across the province and around the world.

“Through support of the Grey Bruce Vaccine Task Force, most specifically Bruce Power, our team will implement mass immunization as a key public health measure to ensure the safety of the community,” said Arra. He went on to express confidence in the team’s ability to vaccinate all eligible residents in a two-week period.

“Throughout the pandemic, there have been many organizations who have come together to support public health in its vaccination efforts,” said James Scongack, chief development officer and executive vice president operational service, Bruce Power. “Bruce Power is proud to work alongside so many community-minded organizations to help local residents receive their third dose to protect them against the Omicron variant.”

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

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