Health Departments Huron Perth Public Health

Outbreak Update: 12 Dead At Cedarcroft

  • There are a total of 333 cumulative confirmed cases in Huron-Perth (15 added since Saturday), with 52 cases currently active.
    • The new cases are in: Central Huron (2), South Huron (1), North Perth (6), Perth East (2), Perth South (1), and Stratford (4) and one was reassigned to another health unit
  • There continue to be 2 long-term care home outbreaks, and the Cedarcroft Retirement Home outbreak continues
  • We have one private school continuing in Outbreak
  • We currently have 4 people in hospital who are community members (not related to the Cedarcroft outbreak).

Cedarcroft outbreak

We sadly learned of the passing of a Cedarcroft resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing residual effects following recovery from the COVID-19 infection.

The current status of the Cedarcroft outbreak is 45 confirmed cases in residents, and 23 cases in staff:


  • Total number of deaths: 12
  • Total residents active: 2
  • Total residents recovered: 31 (a recovered resident is now captured under death)


  • Total number of staff cases: 23
  • Total number of staff cases resolved: 19
  • Total number of staff cases active: 4


  • We received the results of our fifth round of prevalence testing on 12 residents and all 12 were negative. (Prevalence testing is done on asymptomatic residents who had previously tested negative.)
  • The fourth round of prevalence testing on 49 staff has been completed and two staff tested positive.

Schools Update

  • The outbreak status continues for Northside Christian School and the school remains closed to all staff and students. Based on further investigation, HPPH has decided to extend the closure of the school until at least December 11. HPPH will determine when the outbreak is over and when the school can be reopened
  • There are confirmed cases at Goderich Collegiate in Goderich and Anne Hathaway elementary school in Stratford
    • Each of the schools has 1 confirmed case
    • Our case and contact management team have followed up with close contacts and instructed them to isolate.
  • There are 4 confirmed cases at St. Marys Catholic school in Listowel. Three cohorts have been dismissed. HPPH staff are continuing their investigation and are following up with close contacts.

Public Health will contact you if you are considered a high-risk/close contact to a confirmed case and will provide further direction. If you do not hear from public health, then it has been determined that you are not a close contact.

Class Order regarding Self Isolation

  • As you may know, I issued a Class Order under Section 22 of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act, which came into effect November 29.
    • The Order is a legal measure that authorizes the health unit to enforce individual compliance with public health measures
    • The key focus of this Order is to ensure people who have been told to self-isolate by public health or a healthcare provider are doing so.
    • As of today, no one has yet been fined under this Order.
    • We continue to work with our relevant partners and stakeholders regarding an enforcement strategy.

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