COVID-19: 10 new cases over weekend in Peterborough area; active cases fall to 25

Peterborough Public Health reports 25 active cases of COVID-19 on Sept 20, 2021. The Canadian Press file

Peterborough Public Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend as active cases continue to decline but close contacts surged again.

In its update issued around 11:35 a.m. Monday, the regional health unit — which serves Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation — issued the following data:

  • New cases (since Friday): 10
  • Active cases: 25 — down from 31 reported on Friday and 40 reported on Thursday.
  • Variant of concern cases:  1,024 — six more since Friday. The health unit confirmed its first Delta variant case on June 19 and its first confirmed variant case on Feb. 23.
  • Total confirmed cases: 1,787 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.

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  • Resolved cases: 1,739  — an additional 16 cases since Friday (1,723). Resolved cases make up approximately 97.3 per cent of all cases.
  • Deaths: 23 — a death was reported on Friday, Sept. 10, the first one since June 29. The health unit reports a woman in her 40s died.
  • Close contacts: 364 — up from 286 reported on Friday and 295 reported on Thursday. A close contact is a person who is known to have had close contact with someone who was infected with COVID-19. People who are close contacts have to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre: Reported one COVID-19 inpatient on Friday. There have been at least 76 patient transfers from other areas.

School cases, other data

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board reports the following cases at its schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction as of 10:30 a.m Monday (all schools remain open):

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  • Kaawaate East City Public School in Peterborough: 1 case
  • Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Peterborough: 1 case
  • North Shore Public School in Keene: 2 cases

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington District School Board has not reported any cases at schools within Peterborough Public Health’s jurisdiction.

Trent University has reported two student cases at its campus in Peterborough and one student case at its Durham campus (outside PPH’s jurisdiction). No other details were provided on the cases.
“The students are currently self-isolating as required, have been connected with supports and services, and will not return to campus until advised by Public Health that it is safe to do so,” the university stated.

Fleming College has not reported any cases at their campuses in Peterborough.

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Other health unit data released on Monday:

  • Testing: More than 59,300 people have been tested for COVID-19 — an additional 250 since Friday.
  • Outbreaks: None active. The health unit has dealt with 312 COVID-19 cases associated with 52 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
  • Hospitalizations: 88 cases have required hospitalized care. The 88 cases make up approximately five per cent of all cases — 18 of the cases required the intensive care unit. ICU admissions make up one per cent of the cases.
  • COVID-19 exposure: 75.9 per cent of all cases (1,356) in the health unit’s jurisdiction are from contact with another existing COVID-19 case, 20 per cent (355 cases) are connected with community spread, 3.9 per cent (69 per cent) related to travel and 0.3 per cent (7 cases) have yet to be determined.
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The health unit released its weekly immunization rate data on Wednesday which can be found in this Global News Peterborough article.

This month, the health unit is hosting a number of walk-in vaccination clinics for anyone age 12 and older, offering first and second doses. Clinics this week include:

  • Sept. 22: Cavan Monaghan Community Centre, 986 County Rd. 10, in Millbrook from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: Havelock Community Centre, 39 George St. E., in Havelock from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All testing and medical assessments for COVID-19 in Peterborough are now consolidated at Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s assessment centre at 1 Hospital Dr. Appointments must be booked online by visiting this website.

A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to eligible recipients. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario government’s website.

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