The Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) is reporting eight new cases of COVID-19 in the region in the past 24 hours.
The eight new cases are located in the Town of The Blue Mountains (4), Grey Highlands (1), Owen Sound (1), Kincardine (1) and Chatsworth (1).
The health unit has reported a total of 878 cases in the region to date, noting that one previously reported case has been transferred to other health units in Ontario.
There are 56 active cases in both counties combined, and the health unit is currently tracking 383 high-risk contacts associated with the active cases.
Active cases in Grey County are currently located in Owen Sound (10), Southgate (3), Grey Highlands (1), the Town of The Blue Mountains (11), Hanover (4), Chatsworth (3) and Georgian Bluffs (2).
GBHU is also reporting the region has had a total of 66 cases of Variants of Concern (VOC), 17 of which are active.
There have been four deaths due to COVID-19 in Grey and Bruce combined, and there are currently four individuals being hospitalized due to the virus - two locally and two outside of Grey-Bruce.
The health unit continues to manage an outbreak at the Owen Sound Hospital that was initially reported on March 19.
Of GBHU’s 878 cumulative cases, 818 cases are resolved.
Resolved COVID-19 cases in Grey County include: Owen Sound (135); Southgate (106); Grey Highlands (76); West Grey (49); Blue Mountains (69); Hanover (49); Meaford (26); Georgian Bluffs (9); Chatsworth (17).
To-date the health unit has administered 32,248 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This week, GBHU has received 5,980 doses of the vaccine, which will be focused on distribution to clients 60 years and older, First Nation communities and First Nation clients, and retirement home staff, residents and essential caregivers (second dose).
Those turning 60 this year or older, born 1961 or earlier, can make appointments through the provincial on-line booking system for COVID-19 vaccinations at https://ontario.ca/bookvaccine. Those without access to the internet can call the toll-free number 1-888-999-6488.
For additional information on the health unit’s vaccine roll out program, visit the GBHU website.