COVID-19: One new death reported in Huron-Perth

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An outbreak at Seaforth Manor has been linked to the death of a long-term care resident over  the weekend, public health officials say.

The death, reported Monday, is the 40th in Huron and Perth counties connected to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Our condolences go out to this person’s loved ones and to the residents and staff at Seaforth Manor during this very difficult time,” the region’s medical officer of health, Miriam Klassen, said during a press conference. 

The outbreak at Seaforth Manor in Huron East declared Jan. 17 has infected 41 residents and 13 staff members, according to Huron Perth public health data updated on Monday.

The death is the first connected to that outbreak. No residents from Seaforth Manor are being considered for transfers to local hospitals at this time, Klassen said.

“Seaforth has a lot of resources in the long-term care home side, so they’re completely able to meet all the resident care needs,” she said.


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Elsewhere in the region, four residents from Caressant Care’s long-term care and retirement home in Listowel have been medically cleared to return from hospital, said Stuart Oakley, a Caressant Care spokesperson. 

Nearly two-dozen residents had been removed from Caressant Care’s Listowel location since two separate outbreaks were declared last month.

More than 100 infections and 13 COVID-related deaths have been linked to the outbreaks, though “many of the cases” are now resolving, Klassen said Monday.

One other long-term care outbreak is being reported in Huron-Perth. One staff member from Fordwich Village in Howick has tested positive for COVID-19, so an outbreak was declared “out of an abundance of caution,” Klassen said.

Public health officials confirmed 19 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, mostly concentrated in Huron County. Monday’s numbers include 79 active cases, including four residents from the region hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Ontario reported 1,969 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, but the daily case count in Toronto was artificially inflated. According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, additional case records were reported Monday as Toronto public health moves over to the provincial data system.

The province’s seven-day average for new cases is now 1,889.

Monday’s new case total includes 886 cases in Toronto, 330 in Peel, and 128 in York Region – in every other health unit region, the case total rose by fewer than 100. 


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Throughout Ontario, there are 1,158 people hospitalized with COVID-19 – down from 1,398 a week ago – 354 in intensive care, compared to 397 a week ago. 

Thirty-six additional COVID-19 deaths were also recorded on Monday.

-With files from Taylor Blewett, Postmedia News

COVID-19 by the numbers: Huron and Perth counties:

1,227 total confirmed cases
79 active cases
1,108 recoveries
40 deaths related to the coronavirus
4 outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes
4 residents in hospital due to COVID-19
393 cases in Huron County, 62 active
332 cases in North Perth, 12 active
132 cases in Perth East, 2 active
29 in Perth South
26 cases in West Perth
28 cases in St. Marys
287 cases in Stratford, 3 active

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