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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020 02:42 PM

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is working our local partners and stakeholders and with the provincial and federal governments to respond to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

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Huron Perth Public Health Permits Market to Re-open

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020 04:14 PM

After completing a public health investigation, Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is permitting Zehr’s Country Market, located in Dashwood and Bayfield, to re-open.

On August 12, 2020, the owner of Zehr’s Country Market contacted HPPH and indicated that he was closing his premises due to illness.  HPPH conducted an investigation and determined that both the Dashwood and Bayfield locations of Zehr’s Country Market were linked to COVID-19 cases. The locations were subsequently closed temporarily...

Rabid Bat Found in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020 03:37 PM

A bat captured in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh has tested positive for the rabies virus. At this time of year, bats remain active until cooler weather arrives and generally start to hibernate around November. Huron Perth Public Health reminds residents to avoid exposure to bats.

This is the first bat to test positive within the region this year. Previously, a bat tested positive in Perth County in 2019. Overall, 1-3% of Ontario's bat population is infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease that...

Second Mosquito Trap Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Perth County

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 09:25 AM

Huron Perth Public Health is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites following confirmation that mosquitoes collected from a trap in St. Marys tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the second positive mosquito finding of the season for Perth County, with the first reported just last week in Mitchell.

“It’s not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in the month of August,” says Kaitlyn Kelly, Public Health Inspector. “The second positive mosquito report serves...

Blue-green algae found in Wildwood Reservoir

Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 03:11 PM

Wildwood Reservoir posted as unsafe for swimming

Huron Perth Public Health and Southwestern Public Health are advising people that a bloom of blue-green algae has been detected in Wildwood Reservoir at Wildwood Conservation Area, which is near St. Marys. Blue-green algae can produce toxins which may be harmful to health through direct contact or consumption.

The Health Units advise that the Wildwood Reservoir is unsafe for swimming. Until further notice, residents and visitors should take the following...