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Respiratory illness season indicators stabilizing in Huron Perth: Klassen

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The Huron Perth Public Health Department (HPPH) encourages residents to continue to take action to prevent the spread of disease, regardless of indicators of respiratory disease stabilization or improvement.

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As of January 31, HPPH confirmed that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza and RSV in Hu Rompers has declined.

While influenza and RSV indicators show a decline in laboratory-confirmed cases, HPPH is a reminder to the public that COVID-19 is a perpetual viral disease.

HPPH reiterates that it is a serious disease that individuals should try to prevent.

“Despite the signs of improvement, it is important that we continue to take action to protect those most vulnerable to the severe consequences of this virus,” said Health Medical Officer Dr Miriam Klassen.

During this season of respiratory illness, HPPH has recorded eight deaths from COVID since January 1st.

“Our condolences go out to the loved ones of these individuals,” Klassen added.

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“COVID-19 remains a serious illness for some people, especially the elderly.”

Seven of the recent deaths were related to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, while one was a community-related death. Individuals were between the ages of 70 and 99.

HPPH indicates that individuals may be at increased risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 if they are over 60, 18 or immunocompromised, or if they have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or lungs. generally reminds of disease.

Others at risk for severe symptoms include those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to HPPH.

To prevent serious illness, HPPH stresses that COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are still available and are the best defense against serious consequences.

HPPH clinics, some pharmacies, and some primary care provider offices offer both COVID-19 vaccines or boosters and flu vaccines.

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