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COVID-19: Outbreak declared at Peterborough Retirement Residence, 6 new cases in region

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to residents at Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough on Tuesday. Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health reported six new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday afternoon as well as a new outbreak at a retirement residence.

The outbreak was declared at Peterborough Retirement Residence on Water St.

According to Chris Carvalho, executive director of the home, there are two confirmed cases — one resident and one staff member.

“Staff are following all infection prevention and control protocols in the home, and we are in daily contact with public health,” told Global News Peterborough on Tuesday evening.

The residence last had a COVID-19 outbreak in late April 2020.

The six new cases increases the health unit’s cumulative case total to 521 since the pandemic was declared. The health unit posted the update at 4:25 p.m. on its COVID-tracker website.

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There was also seven resolved cases reported, leaving 43 active, up from 42 reported 24 hours earlier.

Read more: Fairhaven long-term care residents first in Peterborough to receive COVID-19 vaccine

There are currently 64 close contacts, down from 72 on Monday

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The health unit says three other outbreaks continue at the following locations:

  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre, declared Jan. 21 with one patient.
  • Centennial Place long-term care in Millbrook, declared Jan. 17. One resident initially tested positive, but the home reports the case “appears to be a false positive.”
  • Regency Retirement Home in Lakefield, declared Jan. 17. Details unavailable.

On Tuesday, the Moderna vaccine was delivered to residents at Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough.

Since the pandemic was declared, there have been seven COVID-19 related deaths: two in April; three attributed to a November outbreak at Fairhaven long-term care; and two people this month. There have been 18 resolved outbreaks involving 89 cases — three more since Monday’s update.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre reports Tuesday there are currently 17 patients with COVID-19 — one more since Monday. There remains 10 patient transfers from other areas as a result of provincial directives.

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The health unit also reported more than 41,200 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus — approximately one in four people.

To get tested for COVID-19, book an online appointment. Testing for those without symptoms or with mild symptoms is held at the Northcrest Arena. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and need to be assessed by a doctor, contact the PRHC’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre at 705-876-5086 to determine whether an appointment is required. This phone line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.