The respiratory illness season is stabilizing in the Stratford area.
Huron Perth Public Health officials say the number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza and RSV in Huron Perth is declining.
As of January 25, 2023, there were two active COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes and 10 people in hospital due to the virus.
Eight deaths due to COVID -19 have also been recorded since January 1, 2023.
Officials say seven of the recent deaths were associated with COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care homes, while one was a community-related death.
The individuals were between the ages of 70 and 99 years.
“I extend my condolences to the loved ones of these individuals,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health. “COVID-19 remains a serious illness for some people, especially those who are older. While we are seeing signs of improvement, it is important to keep taking actions to protect those who are most vulnerable to severe outcomes from this virus.”
COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are still available while you’re also being reminded to follow proper health guidelines to keep yourself and your family safe.