June 24, 2022

Even as local cases wane, COVID-19 continues to take a deadly toll locally.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported three new COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, for 43 deaths so far this year in the jurisdiction, on top of 76 deaths in 2020 and 2021.

One was a City of Kawartha Lakes woman in her 80s with no record of immunization, another was a Northumberland County residents in their 60s who was fully vaccinated and the other was a Haliburton County resident in their 80s who was fully vaccinated.

The health unit also reported 24 new PCR test confirmed cases in the City of Kawartha Lakes, 29 in Northumberland County and four in Haliburton County resulting in 154 active confirmed cases, up from 148 on Friday.

The jurisdiction also had 15 institutional outbreaks as of Friday after outbreaks were declared over at Victoria Retirement Living in Cobourg and an in-patient unit at Haliburton Highlands Health Services in Haliburton while new outbreaks were declared at Extendicare Port Hope and Palisade Gardens retirement home in Cobourg.

Peterborough Public Health last reported cases counts last Wednesday and is only reporting updates once a week through its new online case dashboard.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre reported having 18 admitted patients with the virus on Monday, down from 21 on Friday, while an outbreak on Unit C1 has been resolved. Outbreaks continue on Units A2, A4 and B5.

The reported cases are considered to be an underestimation of the actual total cases now that PCR testing is limited to people from a high-risk setting or for people with moderate symptoms if they go through their family doctor (more details are at ontario.ca/exposed). There have been countless cases in schools, daycares, congregate living facilities and in the public.

Peterborough Public Health reduced the COVID-19 community risk index level to high on Wednesday after being at the top very high level for several weeks.

Clinics

Peterborough Public Health has added additional COVID-19 vaccine appointments into the provincial booking system. Appointments are now available in the booking system until May 27.

Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine can be booked using the provincial COVID-19 vaccine booking system online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled at the Healthy Planet Arena at 911 Monaghan Rd. in Peterborough on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 16 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 17, 19, 20, 24, 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A clinic in the county will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cavan Monaghan Community Centre at 986 County Road 10.

Walk-in service is no longer available at those clinics. Appointments can also be booked online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

Special walk-in clinics are available for pediatric doses for children 5 to 11 at the Healthy Planet Arena on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., May 17, 20, 24 and 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. and May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Residents 60 and older are eligible for a fourth dose if they received their third dose at least three months ago. Fourth dose booster shots are also available for immunocompromised people.

Masks are still required at health unit vaccination clinics.

Doses are also available at some local pharmacies, usually by appointment.

As of last Wednesday, 123,735 residents (84 per cent) have had at least one dose, 119,668 have had at least two doses (81 per cent) and 79,383 have had three doses (54 per cent).

Rapid test kits

The Ontario government is continuing to distribute free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits each week, available while in stock and while supplies last, with one box of five tests per household per visit.

The provincial government is continuing distribution through to July 31.

Participating locations in Peterborough include the Brookdale IDA Pharmacy, Charlotte Care Pharmacy, Costco Pharmacy, Lansdowne Pharmacy, Loblaw Pharmacies at the Superstore, Your Independent Grocery and the George Street No Frills store, Metro, Pharmasave The Clinic Pharmacy, the Rexalls on George Street and Chemong Road, the Sherbrooke Heights Pharmacy, the two Shoppers Drug Marts on Lansdowne Street West as well as Chemong Road and Charlotte Street, the two Sobeys stores on Towerhill Road and Lansdowne Street West, The Medicine Shopper and the two Walmarts on Chemong Road and Lansdowne Street West.


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