The Haliburton District Health Unit, Kawartha, Pine Ridge reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend while declaring an end to the outbreak in a provincial jail, according to data released Monday afternoon.

Data from the health unit points to a dozen new cases in the city of Kawartha Lakes, two new cases in Northumberland County and one in Haliburton County.

However, the number of active cases dropped to 26 out of 30 reported on Friday (no updates were issued on Saturday and Sunday). Active cases include 21 in Kawarthas (six more), four in Northumberland County (seven less) and one in Haliburton County (three less).

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Also Monday, the health unit reported that the outbreak was lifted at the Central East Correctional Center in Lindsay. Declared on September 7, there were as many as 16 cases among inmates at the super jail during the peak of the outbreak.

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Since the pandemic was first declared, the health unit has dealt with 73 outbreaks: 29 of them in long-term care facilities, 12 in work settings, 11 in group settings, nine in schools, 11 in “other community settings “and one in a hospital.

Other COVID-19 data from the health unit on Monday:

  • Resolved cases: 2,344 – 19 additional cases as of Friday. The cases represent 96.3 percent of the 2,433 accumulated cases since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
  • Variant cases: 928 – two more cases since Friday. There are 510 in Kawarthas (no change), with 364 in Northumberland County (no change) and 54 in Haliburton County (two more).
  • High risk contacts: 143, up from 81 reported on Friday. The health unit indicates that 16 of the high-risk contacts lack identification of residence, but are included in the data.
  • COVID-19 testing: 228,051 tests have been completed in the jurisdiction of the health unit, 593 additional cases since Friday’s update.
  • Hospitalized cases to date: 89. One case is currently hospitalized and there are no cases in the intensive care unit. Since the pandemic began, there have been 51 hospitalized cases in the city of Kawartha Lakes, 35 in Northumberland County, and three in Haliburton County.
  • Deceased: 76 since the pandemic was declared. The latest virus-related death was reported on June 29 in the town of Kawartha Lakes. There have been 58 deaths among people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Kawarthas, 17 in Northumberland County, and one in Haliburton County.

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Trillium Lakelands District School Board effective Monday afternoon reports:

  • Archie Stouffer Elementary School in Minden: 1 student case, one classroom is closed.
  • Langton Public School in Fenelon Falls: 1 student case, a classroom is closed.
  • Fenelon Township Public School in Cameron: 1 student case, a classroom is closed.
  • Fenelon Falls High School in Fenelon Falls: No cases, but two classrooms are closed.
  • IE Weldon Secondary in Lindsay: 1 student case, one classroom is closed.

The health unit released its weekly vaccination data on Monday,

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All eligible residents (ages 12 and older):

  • Single dose: 84.7 percent, up from 83.8 percent on September 20
  • Two doses (fully vaccinated): 80.0 percent, compared to 78.8 percent.

Adults (over 18 years old):

  • A dose: 85.1 percent – from 84.3 percent
  • Two doses: 80.7 percent, compared to 78.7 percent

Visit Ontario Pharmacy COVID-19 Page for a list of pharmacies that offer vaccines.

The health unit has launched a new campaign to vaccinate young people (12 to 17 years old) with its #StickItToCovid contest. Any youth in the health unit jurisdiction who has a first or second shot by September 30 will be entered into a drawing to win Apple AirPods or Apple gift cards. The prize drawing is open to those youth who have already received their COVID-19 vaccines or plan to receive them now.

To enter, youth or their parents / guardians can email [email protected] or call the health unit and leave a message at 1-866-888-4577 ext. 1508. All entries must include the name and phone number of the eligible youth. Use the hashtag on social media.

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