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COVID-19: 6 new cases in Peterborough area over the weekend; region’s active cases fall to 24

Peterborough Public Health reports 24 active cases of COVID-19 as of June 21, 2021. The Canadian Press file

Peterborough Public Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 within its jurisdiction over the weekend as active cases continue to decline.

The health unit no longer posts case updates on Saturdays and Sundays. In its update at 11:54 a.m. Monday, the health unit reported six new cases since Friday (which had no new cases reported that day).

Active cases in the health unit’s jurisdiction fell to 24, down from 29 on Friday and 32 reported on Thursday. The health unit serves the City of Peterborough, all municipalities within Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

Read more: Peterborough area golfers advised of potential COVID-19 exposure at Pine Crest Golf Club

Of the health unit’s 1,571 cumulative cases since the pandemic began, 1,526 are now deemed resolved — that’s 11 more since Friday. The resolved cases make up approximately 97.1 per cent of all cases, up from 96.8 per cent as of Friday.

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The number of variant cases as of Monday is 743, just one more case since Friday. The health unit confirmed its first Delta variant case on June 19. The first confirmed variant case in the health unit’s jurisdiction was reported on Feb. 23.

Other COVID-19 data for Monday:

  • Outbreaks: None active. Since the pandemic began, the health unit has dealt with 304 COVID-19 cases associated with 50 outbreaks.
  • Close contacts: 78, down from 83 reported on Friday.
  • Hospitalizations: at least 75 cases have required hospitalized care since the pandemic was declared — a case which was removed since Friday’s update; 15 cases required the intensive care unit (unchanged). The ICU admissions make up one per cent of all the health unit’s cases.
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centrereports as of noon Friday there were three COVID-19 inpatients. There have been at least 76 patient transfers from other areas.
  • Deaths: 21 — the latest on Sunday, May 30, one of four that month. Since the pandemic was declared, two deaths have been linked to the Empress Gardens Retirement Residence in Peterborough. Another death was linked to the Severn Court Student Residence February outbreak in Peterborough, while three were tied to a November 2020 outbreak at Fairhaven.
  • Trent University: reports no cases.
  • Fleming Collegereports no cases related to its Sutherland campus.
  • More than 53,550 people have been tested for COVID-19 — an additional 150 since Friday’s update.
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Vaccination

The health unit announced Friday that additional vaccination clinics will be held in Peterborough County. Upcoming clinics include:

  • Tuesday, June 22: Norwood at the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre
  • Friday, June 25: Buckhorn at the Buckhorn Community Centre
  • Saturday, June 26: Apsley at the North Kawartha Community Centre

Under new protocols announced by the Ontario government on Thursday, the health unit says residents who had an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a first dose can now choose an mRNA vaccine or the AstraZeneca vaccine for their second dose.

Read more: Ontarians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as province expands 2nd dose eligibility again

Starting July 5, Peterborough’s primary care providers will be holding Moderna-only clinics for AstraZeneca patients who have already decided to switch to an mRNA vaccine for their second dose.

All vaccination appointments must be made via the provincial call centre at 1-833-943-3900, available daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or any time online. Clinics are being run at the Evinrude Centre/Healthy Planet Arena and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

The following Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccine to eligible recipients:

  • Aylmer Street Pharmacy, 296 Aylmer St. N. (in Above and Beyond)
  • Costco Pharmacy, 485 The Parkway
  • Charlotte Care Pharmacy, 270 Charlotte St. Unit 100
  • Keene Drug Mart, 1105 Heritage Line in Keene
  • Havelock Pharmacy, 44 Ottawa St. W. in Havelock
  • High St. Guardian, 815 High St.
  • Loblaw Pharmacy, 400 Lansdowne St. E.
  • Loblaw Pharmacy, 230 George St. N. (inside No Frills Grocery)
  • Medical Centre Pharmacy, 707 Charlotte St.
  • Pharmasave The Clinic Pharmacy at 26 Hospital Dr.
  • Rexall Pharmacy, 85 George St. N.
  • Rexall Pharmacy, 1154 Chemong Rd.
  • Rx Drug Mart, 16 Grand Road in Campbellford
  • Sherbrooke Heights Pharmacy, 1625 Sherbrooke St. W.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 971 Chemong Rd.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 250 Charlotte St.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 741 Lansdowne St. W.
  • Shoppers Simply Pharmacy, 361 George St. N.
  • Sobeys Pharmacy, 1200 Lansdowne St. W.
  • The Medical Shoppe, 860 Chemong Road
  • Walmart, 1002 Chemong Rd.
  • Walmart Pharmacy, 950 Lansdowne St. W.
  • Westmount Pharmacy, 1293 Clonsilla Ave.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario government’s website.

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