Peterborough Public Health reported four new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon, including the second outbreak at an area school this week.
From his COVID tracker Update issued around 4:45 pm, the regional health unit reported 32 active cases, compared to 31 reported in the previous two days.
Other data from the health unit, serving Peterborough, Peterborough County, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation, on Thursday:
- Total confirmed cases: 1,851 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
- Variants of cases of concern: 1,080 – four additional cases since Wednesday (1,076). The health unit confirmed its first Delta variant case on June 19 and its first variant case on February 23.
- Resolved cases: 1,796: three additional cases since Wednesday (1,793). Resolved cases represent approximately 97% of all cases.
- Close contacts: 266, up from 252 reported on Wednesday. A close contact is a person who is known to have had close contact with someone who was infected with COVID-19. People who are close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
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- Deceased: 23: The last death was reported on September 10, the first since June 29.
- Peterborough Regional Health Center: Reported there are no patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been at least 76 patient transfers from other areas.
- Hospitalizations: 88 cases have required hospital care since the pandemic began, representing approximately five percent of all cases; 18 of the cases required the intensive care unit. ICU admissions constitute one percent of cases.
- Sprouts: Three assets: St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Lakefield (reported Wednesday night with three cases); Havelock-Belmont Public School in Havelock (reported Oct 3. As of Thursday 10 cases) and a Peterborough County workplace (reported Oct 1, case details were not provided). The health unit has treated 324 cases associated with 55 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
- Exposure to COVID-19: 75.7 percent of all cases (1,401) in the jurisdiction of the health unit are due to contact with another existing case; 20.1% (372 cases) are related to community spread; 3.7% (69 cases) are related to travel and 0.5% (9 cases) have not yet been determined.
- Tests: More than 61,100 people have been tested for COVID-19, 100 more since Wednesday’s update.
Peterborough Catholic District School Board Victoria Northumberland Clarington reports six cases within the jurisdiction of the health unit while declaring an outbreak in a school:
- St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Lakefield: Three cases, one more since Wednesday. An outbreak was declared Thursday. Kindergarten through eighth grade school remains open.
- Holy Cross Catholic High School in Peterborough: One case, unchanged since September 27. The school remains open.
- St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Norwood: two cases, unchanged from Wednesday. The school remains open.
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The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, at 11:40 am Thursday, reports 12 active cases among their schools (the school board does not indicate whether the cases involve students or staff):
- Havelock-Belmont Public School at Havelock: 10 cases, unchanged from Wednesday morning. An outbreak was declared over the weekend. On Tuesday, authorities ordered the closure of kindergarten through sixth grade until at least October 15.
- Kenner Chartered Vocational Institute in Peterborough: One case, unchanged from Monday. The school remains open.
- Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough: One case, unchanged from Monday. The school remains open.
Trent University reports one active case at his Durham campus on Thursday, one less than Wednesday. There are no active cases on the Peterborough campus. The university also reports that 91 percent of students and 96 percent of employees are fully vaccinated. Another five percent of the students and one percent of the staff are partially vaccinated.
Fleming College has not reported any cases on its Peterborough campus.
The health unit released its weekly vaccination rate data on Wednesday, which can be found in this Global News Peterborough story.
This month, the health unit is hosting a series of walk-in vaccination clinics for anyone 12 years and older, offering first and second doses.
Friday clinics include:
- Healthy Planet Arena, 911 Monaghan Rd. In Peterborough: 10 am to 3 pm
- St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, 405 Douro 4th Line in Douro – 4:30 pm to 7 pm
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 Appointments must be booked online.
Several 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.
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