COVID-19: PRHC reports 18 cases; 18 Peterborough retailers to offer rapid antigen tests

There are 18 grocery stores and pharmacies in Peterborough offering free rapid antigen tests, the province reported Tuesday. The Canadian Press file

Peterborough Public Health has reported 16 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 , according to data released late Wednesday afternoon.

The health unit’s COVID-19 tracker, issued at 4:22 p.m., reported the following data for the jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation:

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Deaths: 53 since the pandemic was declared. Unchanged since Tuesday’s update.

New PCR-confirmed cases: since the Tuesday, Feb. 8 update.

PCR lab-confirmed active cases: 219 — down from 227 on Tuesday. The health unit notes the number of active cases being reported is an “underestimation” due to changes to PCR testing availability effective Dec. 31, 2021.

Cumulative lab-confirmed cases: 5,207 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.

Hospitalized cases: Peterborough Regional Health Centre late Wednesday afternoon reported 18 inpatients with COVID-19 — one more since Tuesday. The hospital reports one patient transfer related to provincial directives so far in 2022.

The health unit Wednesday reported 196 cumulative hospitalized cases since the pandemic’s beginnings — three more since Tuesday — and 33 cases (unchanged) have been admitted to an intensive care unit since March 2020.

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Resolved cases: 24 more since Tuesday’s update. The 4,935 cumulative resolved cases make up approximately 94.7 per cent of all lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic was declared.

Clinics/testing: The health unit updates its list of clinics on its website offering first, second and third doses for adults and first doses for children aged five to 11. Walk-ins are available for any eligible age or dose at the Healthy Planet Arena in Peterborough. All other sites require appointments to be booked on Ontario’s online portal or by calling the provincial vaccine booking call centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Vaccination: Daily updates are posted on the COVID-19 tracker. Of note, 326,868 doses have been administered since Jan. 26, 2021.

  • Eligible residents (ages five and up): 86.7 per cent have one dose;  82.5 per cent have two doses and 52.8 per cent have three doses.
  • Adults (age 18 and up): 89.6 per cent have one dose; 87.5 per cent have two doses and 60.5 per cent have three doses.
  • Youth (ages five to 11): 53.7 per cent have one dose and 23.7 per cent have two doses.
  • 122,755 residents have received a first dose while 116,658 have received two doses and 74,693 have received a third (booster dose).


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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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Testing continues at Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s assessment centre at 1 Hospital Dr. More information about booking a test through the COVID-19 Assessment Centre can be found on the health unit’s website.

Rapid antigen tests

The Ontario government says free rapid antigen tests will be made available at select grocery stores and pharmacies — a limit of one box of five tests per household. On Wednesday 18 sites in Peterborough were listed offering the tests:

  • Charlotte Care Remedys Rx Pharmacy: 100-270 Charlotte St.
  • Costco Pharmacy: 485 The Parkway
  • DRUGStore Morello’s Your Independent Grocer: 400 Lansdowne St. E.
  • Lansdowne Pharmacy: 196 Lansdowne St. E.
  • Metro: 1154 Chemong Rd
  • Real Canadian Superstore: 769 Borden Ave. (Lansdowne Place)
  • Rexall: 85 George St N. and 1154 Chemong Rd.
  • Sherbrooke Heights Pharmacy: 1625 Sherbrooke St. W.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart: 1875 Lansdowne St. W.,  741 Lansdowne St. W., 250 Charlotte St. and 971 Chemong Rd.
  • Sobeys: 1200 Lansdowne St W. and 501 Towerhill Rd.
  • The Clinic Pharmacy- Rx: 26 Hospital Dr.
  • Walmart: 1002 Chemong Rd. and 950 Lansdowne St. West

Other communities in the health unit’s juridisiction:

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  • Lakefield: Village Pharmacy at 135 Queen Street
  • Norwood: Centennial Family Pharmacy,  2375 County Road 45
  • Keene: Keene Drug Mart , 1105 Heritage Line

For other community eligibility, visit the government’s website.


No new outbreaks were reported Wednesday, leaving the following active:

  • Congregate living facility (no. 22) in Peterborough: Declared Fen. 4
  • Maple View Retirement Residence in Norwood: Declared Feb. 3
  • Congregate living setting in Peterborough (no. 20): Declared Jan. 30.
  • Congregate living setting in Peterborough County (no. 19): Declared Jan. 28.
  • Centennial Place long-term care in Millbrook: Declared Jan. 14. The home on Jan. 28 reported three active cases among residents — down from six on Monday and eight reported on Jan. 19.
  • Peterborough Retirement Residence: Declared Jan. 14.
  • Kawartha Heights Retirement Living: Declared Jan. 14.
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre: Declared Jan. 10 on the B4 inpatient unit.
  • Sherbrooke Heights Retirement Residence in Peterborough: Declared Jan. 8.
  • Congregate living facility (no. 9) in Peterborough: Declared Jan. 6.
  • Congregate living facility (no. 7): Declared Dec. 29.
  • Fairhaven long-term care in Peterborough: Declared Dec. 28, the home initially reported five staff cases. On Jan. 20 there were 16 cases (six residents, 10 staff). However, on Jan. 26 the facility reported no active cases but the outbreak remains in effect.
  • Riverview Manor long-term care in Peterborough: Declared Dec. 28.

There have been 857 cases (four more since Tuesday’s update) associated with 101 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared — 261 cases in the past 30 days and 29 cases over the past seven days.

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