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COVID-19: 15 new cases for HKPR District Health Unit; case at Cameco in Cobourg; school cases up in Cobourg, Kawarthas

Another two cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Cobourg Collegiate Institute. Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit file

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday while more cases were reported at area schools.

In its daily update issued at 1:10 p.m., the health unit reported a dozen new cases in Northumberland County along with two in the City of Kawartha Lakes and one in Haliburton County.

There are now 111 active cases of COVID-19 for the health unit, up from 107 reported on Thursday.

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As well on Friday, the number of variant cases remained at 118, unchanged from Thursday. Northumberland County has 76 variant cases, followed by three in the Kawarthas and one variant case in Haliburton County.

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Active outbreaks within the health unit’s jurisdiction:

  • Swiss Chalet on Strathy Road in Cobourg: Declared April 7 — no details available.
  • Christian Horizons in Port Hope: Declared April 7 — no details available.
  • Timber House Resort in Brighton (Northumberland County): Case details were not provided.
  • St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Cobourg: Declared Sunday after five cases were initially reported. Case count up to 21 with one resolved.

An additional two cases were reported at Cobourg Collegiate Institute, bringing the total to eight. The school was ordered closed Tuesday, however, an outbreak has not been declared.

New individual student cases were also reported in the City of Kawartha Lakes: Woodville Elementary School (two classrooms closed) and at Grandview Public School in Bethany (one classroom closed).

As well on Friday afternoon, Cameco Fuel Manufacturing in Cobourg reported an employee case. Operations continue, however, the company says “a handful” of employees have been sent home to self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 test.

“This employee had made a personal decision to seek testing because of the recent community spread in the area,” stated Sara Forsey, Cameco’s manager, public and government affairs.

“Once notified of the positive result, this individual left the facility and contacted the site nurse. Cameco is providing the affected employee with support to ensure they have the resources they need. Our thoughts are with them and we hope that they recover well.”

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Of the health unit’s 1,286 cases since the pandemic was declared in March 2020, there are now 1,120 deemed resolved (14 more since Thursday) — approximately 87 per cent.

Case data for April 9, 2021. HKPR District Health Unit

Other case data for Friday:

  • Death toll — unchanged at 68 (55 in the City of Kawartha Lakes, 12 in Northumberland County and one in Haliburton County).
  • Hospitalized cases — unchanged at 53 with four people currently in hospital, four in an intensive care unit. Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports five admitted COVID-19 patients as of noon Friday, up two from Thursday.
  • 384 high-risk contacts, up from 357 reported on Thursday.
  • Schools with cases as of 10 a.m. Friday: St. Mary Catholic Secondary in Cobourg (up to 20 cases — with one resolved, according to the PVNCCDSB, school closed); Cobourg Collegiate Institute (eight cases — up from six Thursday, school closed, no outbreak); North Hope Public School in Campbellcroft (one case); Ganaraska Trail Public School in Port Hope (one case); Grafton Public School (one case); Woodville Elementary School (one student case, two classes closed); Grandview Public School in Bethany (one student case, one classroom closed and Archie Stouffer Elementary School in Minden (one student case, one classroom closed).

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