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Grey-Bruce adds 20 COVID cases Saturday

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The Grey Bruce Health Unit reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, half of them in Owen Sound.

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Along with the 10 cases in the city, there were also three in Saugeen First Nation, two each in Chatsworth and Huron-Kinloss and single cases in Georgian Bluffs, Saugeen Shores and West Grey.

There have now been 1,975 cases of the virus confirmed in Grey-Bruce, according to Saturday’s Situation Report, which includes testing and case counts reported as of midnight on Friday.

There are now 174 active cases – down from 183 on Friday — being reported in Grey-Bruce along with 350 active high-risk contacts.

A total of 1,785 cases are considered to be resolved.

The health unit was also reporting nine confirmed local active cases hospitalized in Grey-Bruce due to the virus, along with three local active cases that had been transferred to hospital outside the region.

Thirteen Grey-Bruce residents have died because of COVID-19 while the health unit has said that the virus is suspected to have played a part in at least three additional local deaths, pending further investigation.

There have been 102 cases reported in health-care workers living in Grey-Bruce.

The only facility with a declared active outbreak in the two counties is Bobi’s Play School in Meaford.

The health unit also announced that Grey-Bruce had passed 200,000 doses of vaccine administered. According to Saturday’s report, 204,306 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Grey-Bruce including 13,490 in the past seven days.

As of the end of the day on Thursday, 74 per cent of the eligible population age 12 and up in Grey-Bruce had received one dose of vaccine, while 61 per cent had received two doses.

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“While this milestone is a success, we have a couple of weeks left to ramp down the mass immunization campaign in the large Hockey Hubs, and to start ramping up the targeted immunization campaign,” it said in a news release. “At the end of July, all large vaccine hubs will be disassembled to return to community functions.”

People are asked to attend a hub to get their second dose now, if eligible, and that if they have an appointment at a hub clinic in August or September they will be cancelled.

After Aug. 1, the health unit will focus on targeted immunization strategies, including pop-up mobile clinics, drive-through clinics, First Nations clinics, workplace clinics and at the hospitals.

Vaccines will also continue to be administered through pharmacies, primary care settings, at the health unit and at schools.

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