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COVID-19: Peterborough Public Health reports 8 new hospitalizations, PRHC outbreaks lifted

Peterborough Public Health reports 348 active lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its jurisdiction on Feb. 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Peterborough Public Health‘s risk index for COVID-19 remains at the moderate level for the fifth week in a row with no new deaths and eight new hospitalizations reported over the past week, according to data released on Wednesday afternoon.

In its weekly update, the health unit’s community risk index for COVID-19 is still at “moderate” risk since the Jan. 18 update.

All indicators used in the risk index remain unchanged from the Feb. 1 update. Case rate, rapid antigen test count and wastewater surveillance factors all remains at moderate.

Hospitalizations went from moderate to high. Deaths went from very low to low  while the PCR test percent positivity remains unchanged at high level.

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Risk index for COVID-19 on Feb. 8 2023. Peterborough Public Health

Other viral respiratory indicators include respiratory emergency department visits which remains at low; respiratory hospital admissions remain at moderate; influenza test per cent remains at very low while respiratory outbreaks remains at high risk.

Other data reported by the health unit’s weekly COVID-19 tracker site for the jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation:

Deaths: 135 since the pandemic was declared in 2020 — unchanged since the Feb. 1 update. There were 103 COVID-related deaths reported in 2022.

New PCR-confirmed cases: 53 since the Feb. 1 update.

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Active PCR lab-confirmed cases: 348 — down from 349 reported on Feb. 1 and 325 reported on Jan. 25. The province and health unit note the number of active cases being reported is an “underestimation” due to changes to PCR testing availability effective Dec. 31, 2021.

Hospitalizations: 563 cumulative hospitalized cases since the pandemic began — eight more since the Feb. 1 update. The Peterborough Regional Health Centre as of Monday reported 15 COVID-19 inpatients (most recent data as of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday).

A record of 53 inpatients was reported on Oct. 18, 2022. There have been 57 cases in an intensive care unit since the pandemic was declared — unchanged since the Jan. 18, 2023 update.

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Cumulative lab-confirmed cases: 10,786 since the pandemic began.

Resolved cases: The 10,303 cumulative resolved cases make up approximately 95.5 per cent of all lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic was declared.

Outbreaks

The health unit only reports “high-risk” COVID-19 outbreaks. No new outbreaks were declared since the Feb. 1 update, leaving the following one active outbreak:

  • Centennial Place (Heritage House) long-term care in Millbrook: Declared Jan. 3

Outbreaks declared over since Feb. 1:

  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s rehab unit B2: Declared Jan. 29 and lifted on Feb. 7
  • Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s Geriatric Assessment Behavioural Unit B2: Declared Jan. 27 and lifted on Feb. 7.

The health unit has reported 222 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared.

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Vaccination

The health unit reports that 408,876 of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered since the pandemic was declared — 520 more doses since the Feb. 1 update.

Twenty-eight per cent of eligible residents have received a booster dose in the last six months.

Vaccination rates:

  • All residents: 85 per cent have one dose; 82 per cent have two doses.
  • Adults (age 70+): 100 per cent have first and second doses.
  • Adults (age 18-69): 89 per cent have one dose; 87 per cent have two doses.
  • Adults (age 18+): 92 per cent have one dose; 90 per cent have two doses.
  • Youth (age 12-17): 80 per cent have one dose; 75 per cent have two doses.
  • Children (age 5-11): 48 per cent have one dose; 37 per cent have two doses.
  • Children (under 5): Nine per cent have one dose; four per cent have two doses.

The health unit is hosting vaccination clinics at Peterborough Square at 340 George St. N. (units 36 and 37). Free two-hour parking will be available for clients. No walk-ins — all appointments must be booked online or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

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Visit the health unit’s website for an immunization schedule or visit a participating pharmacy.

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