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COVID-19: 39 active cases in Peterborough area; White House Hotel fined for exceeding capacity

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For the second day in a row, Peterborough Public Health is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19, according to data released Friday afternoon.

The health unit’s COVID tracker update, issued around 4:20 p.m., shows 39 active cases of COVID-19, unchanged from Thursday’s update. There were 36 active cases on Wednesday.

Read more: COVID-19: Peterborough restaurant PB’s Peterburgers served Section 22 order to comply or close

Other data from the regional health unit on Friday:

  • Outbreaks: Two active — An outbreak was declared Thursday at Rhema Christian School (a private school) in Peterborough (six cases); an outbreak declared Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Peterborough still has five cases as of Friday afternoon. Since the pandemic began, the health unit has dealt with 349 cases  — four more since Thursday — associated with 60 outbreaks.
  • Cumulative confirmed cases: 2,004 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
  • Deaths: 24 — the latest death was reported on Oct. 30.
  • Variant of concern cases: 1,165 — five more since Thursday. The first variant case was reported on Feb. 23 and the first confirmed Delta variant case was reported on June 19.
  • Resolved cases: 1,941 — seven more cases since Thursday. Resolved cases make up approximately 97 per cent of all cases.
  • Close contacts: 178 — up from 172 on Thursday and 140 on Wednesday. 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.
  • Hospitalizations: 96 cases have required hospitalization since the pandemic began — unchanged since Wednesday. Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Friday reported four active COVID-19 admissions. The hospitalized cases make up approximately 4.8 per cent of all cases; 21 of the cases required the intensive care unit — unchanged since Tuesday’s update. ICU admissions make up 1.1 per cent of all the health unit’s cases since the pandemic’s beginning.
  • COVID-19 exposure: 75 per cent of all cases (1,504) in the health unit’s jurisdiction are from contact with another existing case, 20.6 per cent (412 cases) are connected with community spread, 3.9 per cent (78 cases) are related to travel and 0.5 per cent (10 cases) have yet to be determined.
  • Testing: More than 65,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 — approximately one in three residents. It’s an additional 100 since Thursday’s update.
  • Enforcement: Since Oct. 1, seven charges have been laid against a total of four businesses under the Reopening Ontario Act. On Friday, the health unit reported an $880 fine was issued on Nov. 21 against The White House Hotel nightclub/restaurant at 175 Charlotte St. for “exceeding the 25 per cent capacity limit for a food or drink establishment where dance facilities are provided.” On Thursday the health unit issued a Section 22 order against Peterburgers restaurant to either comply with regulations or close the business for failing to follow Ontario’s COVID-19 protocols.

School cases

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board reported six cases at two city schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction — five with the outbreak at St. Paul Catholic Elementary (unchanged) and one at St. Peter Secondary School (unchanged since Thursday). The school board is dealing with single cases at two other schools outside the health unit’s jurisdiction. The school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff.

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The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board reported on Friday at 10:09 a.m. there was one active case among its schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction — R.F. Downey Public School in Peterborough. The school board is dealing with 39 other cases at 11 other schools outside the health unit’s jurisdiction. The school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff.

Trent University reported no active cases at its Peterborough and Durham campuses as of Friday afternoon. The university reports that 96 per cent of students and 97 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated and zero per cent of students and zero per cent of staff are partially vaccinated.

Fleming College has not reported any cases at its Peterborough campus. The college will resume in-person classes and services in January 2022.

Vaccination

Bookings for children ages five to 11 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine began Tuesday. Clinics in Peterborough will begin on Monday, Nov. 29.

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The health unit in December will host a number of vaccination clinics for children ages five to 11 at several Peterborough County schools. All clinics will be held outside of school hours. Appointments have to be booked on Ontario’s online portal at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or call the provincial vaccine booking call centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Read more: COVID-19 vaccines for kids: What Canadian parents should know

Clinics include:

  • Friday, Dec. 3: Norwood District High School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 10: Apsley Public School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 17: St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Ennismore from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 20: Millbrook/South Cavan Public School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 29: Lakefield District Public School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The health unit’s latest weekly vaccination rate data released on Wednesday can be found in this story.

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.

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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