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COVID-19: Cumulative cases surpass 500 for Peterborough area; 3 active outbreaks in region

Peterborough Public Health reports ??? new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, Jan. 22. Global News Peterborough file

Peterborough Public Health’s cumulative COVID-19 case total surpassed 500 on Friday, the health unit reports.

As of the Friday update issued on the health unit’s COVID-19 tracker at 4:30 p.m., there are now 502 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020 — up from 499 cases reported on Thursday. The health unit notes that there were two cases removed from previous days as well in the 24-hour period.

There are now 450 resolved cases for the health unit jurisdiction, up from 446 reported 24 hours earlier — leaving 45 active cases (one less than was reported Thursday). The health unit serves Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

The COVID-19 outbreak declared Thursday at Peterborough Regional Health Care remains active on two units (A2/B2 stroke rehabilitation unit) after a patient tested positive.

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The hospital on Friday also reports there are currently 13 patients with COVID-19 that are on inpatient units — up from 10 reported 24 hours earlier.  The hospital also reports Friday “less than 5” non-COVID-19 patient transfers have come from other regions as a result of provincial directives.

The health unit on Thursday afternoon reported its seventh COVID-19 related death — a 90-year-old woman, not connected to a long-term care or congregate living.

There was a sixth death last weekend, preceded by two deaths last April and three residents due to an outbreak at Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough in November.

Case data for Jan. 22, 2021. Peterborough Public Health

Other active outbreaks in the health unit’s jurisdiction include Centennial Place long-term care (declared Sunday) in Cavan-Monaghan Township and at Regency Retirement Home in Lakefield (declared Sunday, case details unavailable).

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Centennial Place administrator Debbie Look reports Friday that a retest of the resident who initially tested positive was a false positive and with exception of one pending case, all other residents’ COVID-19 tests were negative. All staff tests to date have been negative with some results still pending.

“Based on these test results, COVID-19 does not appear to be present at Centennial Place,” said Cook. “We will continue to be vigilant and we will maintain ‘outbreak’ protocols per health unit direction until January 27th.”

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 21 outbreaks in the health unit’s jurisdiction, with 82 cases — 47 at long-term care homes, the health unit reports Thursday.

Testing

According to the health unit, more than 40,900 people have been tested for the coronavirus — approximately one in four people in its jurisdiction.

To get tested for COVID-19, book an online appointment. Testing for those with no symptoms, or with mild symptoms, is held at the Northcrest Arena. Those who have COVID-19 symptoms and need to be assessed by a doctor are asked to contact the PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required. The phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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