Peterborough Public Health ended the week with more than 1,100 active cases of COVID-19 and two new outbreaks, according to data from late Friday afternoon.
The health unit’s COVID tracker, released at 4:35 p.m., reported 1,119 active cases of COVID-19 — up from 1,083 Thursday. Over the past 24 hours, the health unit has reported 86 new laboratory-confirmed cases in its jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.
The health unit states that active cases reported are an “underestimate” due to changes in the availability of PCR testing as of December 31, 2021.
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No new deaths were reported, making the total number 37. Four deaths were reported this week and 12 over the past month.
The health unit also reported 50 more cases that were resolved on Friday. The 3,154 cumulative resolved cases make up 73.1 percent of the 4,310 cumulative cases since the pandemic was declared.
Peterborough Regional Health Center late Thursday night reported 28 patients, down from 32 reported earlier in the day. Today, three cases appeared in the intensive care unit. Dr. Lynn Mikola, Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer, stated that the “vast majority” of cases in the hospital had symptoms of COVID-19 upon admission.
The 138 cumulative cases admitted to hospital account for nearly 3.2 percent of all cases. Twenty-four of the cases require an intensive care unit — one more since Thursday.
On Monday, Mikola said the hospital had nearly 200 employees out of work either because of COVID-19 illness or was identified as a high-risk contact.
About 30 people gathered Friday outside the health unit building on King Street to protest vaccinations and regional restrictions amid the pandemic.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Thomas Pigott took to social media to express his concerns about the “threat of antivirals” that he said were hindering the work of public health staff.
“Enough already. Everyone has the right to express their beliefs, no matter how wrong they are,” he said in a thread on Twitter. “But not at our expense. Healthcare and public health workers need protection and cannot be the site of these horrific demonstrations.”
Peterborough police were at the scene, however, no accidents were reported.
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Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith said he is “again terrified and disgusted by the actions of anti-mask/anti-disinfection groups” who are trying to harass and intimidate health care workers.
“It is never appropriate to protest against public health units, hospitals or schools,” Smith said. “If you disagree with government decisions, feel free to express your views at Queens Park, Parliament Hill, or a constituency office.
“Our healthcare workers protect the health and safety of all residents of this county and should be commended for the work they do. Our way out of this pandemic is through vaccination. I strongly encourage all residents to get vaccinated. Dr. Pigott and his team have my full support.”
Daily updates of his vaccination data can be found on the COVID tracker website. Of note, 313,356 doses were administered and 80.5 percent of eligible residents (aged five years and over) were vaccinated with two doses. The health unit reports that 64,873 residents have now received a third dose/booster dose of the vaccine – 45.8 percent of the eligible population (age 5 and older).
The health unit updates its clinic list on its website and offers first, second and third doses for adults and first doses for children aged 5-11 years. All appointments must be booked on the Ontario online portal or by calling the province’s Vaccine Reservation Call Center at 1-833-943-3900.
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A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to eligible beneficiaries. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario Government website.
Testing continues at the Peterborough Regional Health Center Assessment Center at 1 Hospital Dr. More information about booking a test through the COVID-19 Assessment Center can be found on the health unit’s website.
The health unit reported two new outbreaks Friday: a group living facility (No. 15) in Peterborough and a long-term care facility at Centennial Place in Millbrook which reported that five residents in one home area had “initial positive results with a rapid antigen test.” .
One of three PRHC outbreaks – announced January 7 on the neonatal unit – were resolved Friday, leaving 17 active cases (unless stated, case details were not provided):
- Peterborough Retirement Accommodation: Announced on January 14th.
- Retirement life in disaster heights: announced on January 14.
- living complex (No. 14) in Peterborough: announced Jan. 10
- living complex (No. 13) in Peterborough: announced Jan. 10
- living complex (No. 12) in Peterborough: announced Jan. 9,
- Peterborough Regional Health Center: Announced January 10th, inpatient unit B4. There were seven active cases as of Tuesday noon.
- Sherbrooke Heights retirement home In Peterborough: Announced January 8th.
- Royal Gardens Retirement Residence In Peterborough: Announced January 7th. The house as of Wednesday reported two cases among employees.
- living complex (No. 9) in Peterborough: Announced January 6th.
- living complex (No. 8) in Peterborough: announced January 5
- Peterborough Regional Health Center: Announced January 2nd on Inpatient Unit A5. There were five active cases as of Tuesday noon.
- Robbage Street Retirement Accommodation: announced on January 2.
- living complex (No. 6): Announced Dec. 29.
- Saint Joseph in Fleming Long-Term Care Peterborough: Announced December 29th.
- Fairhaven long term care In Peterborough: Announced December 28, the home initially reported five cases to employees. As of Tuesday morning, the facility has reported 17 active cases — seven residents and 10 employees.
- Riverview Manor Long-Term Care Peterborough: Announced 28 December.
- Xtendicari Lakefield: announced on December 22.
There have been 599 cases linked to 90 outbreaks since the pandemic was announced – 232 in the past 30 days and 75 in the past seven days.
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