COVID-19: Active Cases in Peterborough Area Rise to 301 with 99 New Cases, 2 New Outbreaks – Peterborough | The Canadian News

Peterborough Public Health reported 99 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, beating Wednesday’s single-day record of 60 while reporting two other new outbreaks.

The health unit COVID tracker at 4:53 pm it reported 301 active cases in its jurisdiction, jumping from the 208 reported on Wednesday and the 156 reported on Tuesday. The health unit’s jurisdiction includes Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation, and Hiawatha First Nation.

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A month ago, on November 23, the health unit reported 34 active cases.

There have been at least four confirmed cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, with concerns about possible exposure at the American Eagle store in the Lansdowne Place mall, as reported on December 16.

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Other data on Thursday:

  • Cumulative confirmed cases: 2,419 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020
  • Sprouts: Two new outbreaks were reported Thursday: a varsity from Crestwood Secondary School in the city and in an unnamed congregated living environment. Details not available. There are two other active shoots: Crestwood Secondary School in Peterborough and Extendicare Lakefield. There have been 376 cases associated with 68 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared, 31 cases in the past 30 days.
  • Variants of cases of concern: 1,385 – 37 more cases since Wednesday’s update. There are four variant cases of Omicron, the first two reported on December 14. The first variant case in the region was reported on February 23; the first confirmed case of the Delta variant was reported on June 19.
  • Resolved cases: 2,090: six more cases since Wednesday. Resolved cases represent about 86.3 percent of all cases, up from 91.8 percent reported Wednesday.
  • Deceased: 28 since the pandemic was declared with four reported this month, the most recent on Monday.
  • Hospitalizations: 100 cases have required hospitalization since the pandemic began, unchanged from Wednesday. Peterborough Regional Health Center on Thursday reported six active admissions for COVID-19, one more since Wednesday, with two of them in an intensive care unit. Hospitalized cases represent approximately 4.1% of all cases; 22 of the cases required the intensive care unit, unchanged from Monday. Admissions to the ICU account for 0.9% of all cases in the health unit since the start of the pandemic
  • Exposure to COVID-19: 67.6% of all cases (1,635) in the jurisdiction of the health unit are due to contact with another existing case, 19.1% (462 cases) are related to community spread, 3.3% ( 79 cases) are travel-related and 10% (243 cases) have their source yet to be determined.
  • Evidence: More than 67,800 people have been tested for COVID-19, 50 more since Wednesday’s update. About one in three residents has been tested for COVID-19.
  • Application: From October 1, charges have been filed against a total of four businesses under the Ontario Reopening Act.

The latest data on the vaccination rate can be found in this Global News Peterborough article from Wednesday. The health unit reported Thursday that as of December 30, all doses of vaccine administered to residents 30 years and older will be the Moderna vaccine.

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Third dose / booster vaccines are now available to residents 18 years of age and older, and first stockpiles of vaccines are available to children ages 5 to 11. All appointments must be booked on Ontario Online Portal or by calling the provincial vaccine reservation call center at 1-833-943-3900. The health unit updates its list of clinics on their website.

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All medical tests and evaluations for COVID-19 in Peterborough are now consolidated at the Peterborough Regional Health Center assessment center at 1 Dr. Hospital Various Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to eligible recipients. An appointment is required and can be done by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario government website.

The hospital says that testing services continue to be offered through its COVID-19 Assessment Center, yet the demand is extremely high. More information on how to book a test can be found through the COVID-19 Assessment Center on the health unit website:

Rapid antigen tests

Rapid antigen tests for the province will be available for distribution at the following locations:

  • Monday, December 27: Peterborough Memorial Center (151 Lansdowne St. W.) from 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Wednesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 6: Peterborough Public Library (345 Aylmer St. N.) from 10 am to 3 pm on Thursday, January 6.
  • Saturday January 8: Peterborough Farmers’ Market, Morrow Building (151 Lansdowne St. W.) from 7 am to 1 pm

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Starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, the Peterborough Catholic District Victoria Northumberland Clarington School Board reported 13 active cases in their schools within the jurisdiction of the health unit. All schools are open but cases are not identified:

  • 3 cases: St. Paul Catholic Elementary School (CES) in Lakefield
  • 2 cases: St. Paul CES in Peterborough (+1)
  • 1 case: St. Martin CES of Ennismore (new case), Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School of Peterborough, Monsignor O’Donoghue CES, St. Alphonsus CES, St. Anne CES, St. Peter Secondary, St. Teresa CES and in St Paul CES in Norwood

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board did not update the case data Thursday, reporting 17 cases in the health unit’s jurisdiction on Wednesday.

Trent University reported four active cases on his Peterborough campus at 4pm Thursday, one new case since Wednesday. – and none at their Durham campus. On Monday, the university switched all face-to-face exams to online exams on both campuses.

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Fleming College has not reported any cases at its Peterborough, Lindsay, Haliburton and Cobourg campuses. Face-to-face classes were scheduled to resume in early January, however plans are now behind schedule. Winter semester classes will now begin on Monday, January 17, and the weeks of January 17 and 24 will be delivered completely online. The university aims to return to in-person learning on January 31 for specialized, hands-on courses with some continuation of online delivery where appropriate.

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