May 17, 2022

A new COVID-19-related death was reported Wednesday by Peterborough Public Health along with a new hospitalized case in the jurisdiction, just days before the province lifts its mask mandate for most settings on Monday.

The new death involved a woman in her 90s who was vaccinated, according to the health unit.

It’s the 59th COVID-19 death for the jurisdiction since the pandemic began about two years ago.

On Monday, the health unit’s medical officer of health Dr. Thomas Piggott issued an emotional appeal explaining why he will continue to use a mask in indoor settings after the provincial mandate is lifted Monday — through a video that has now had more than 118,000 views on Twitter.

A mask is not a “nuisance or bother” for him after working in clinics, where they are required for hours on end, Piggott told Torstar.

“Others may feel differently, but should be aware that their decision to wear a mask protects people who are vulnerable around them, not just themselves,” Piggott said in an email.

“After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, masking with a tight fitting mask (e.g. N95, KN95 or similar) is one of the best prevention tools we have to protect against respiratory infections like COVID-19.”

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking also told Torstar this week she will also continue to wear a mask personally.

“We know masks are an effective and easy way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and that is why I will continue to wear one,” Bocking said.

PRHC has 9 patients with COVID-19

Peterborough Regional Health Centre had nine admitted patients with the virus on Tuesday, down from 12 on Tuesday

There were no new outbreaks. Six ongoing outbreaks continue including on two units at the Fairhaven long-term-care home, along with Rubidge Retirement Residence, Princess Gardens Retirement Residence and at two unnamed congregate living facilities in the city.

Fairhaven, a 256-bed municipally run long-term-care home on Dutton Road in Peterborough, was down to one active resident case, in the Riverside Special Care unit, as of Tuesday. There were no staff member cases.

The health unit reported 15 new PCR test confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday while seven were resolved, resulting in 154 active confirmed cases, up from 147 on Tuesday.

The jurisdiction of Peterborough city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation has now had 5,875 cumulative PCR test confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March 2020 with 5,662 resolved.

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.

Masks still required at walk-in clinics

Walk-in clinics for anyone 5 and older eligible for a first, second or third dose will be held at the Healthy Planet Arena at 911 Monaghan Rd. continue Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, March 21, 22 and 25 from 1 to 7 p.m.

A pop-up clinic will be held March 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library at 345 Aylmer St. N.

Appointments can also be booked online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ with appointments getting priority over walk-ins.

Masks will still be required at health unit vaccination clinics even after the provincial masking requirement comes to an end on Monday, according to the health unit.

Doses are also available at some pharmacies.

14.9% of children 12-17 have booster

The proportion of local children 12 to 17 who have had a third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine rose to 14.9 per cent on Wednesday, while 62.1 per cent of local adults have now had a booster.

As of Wednesday 37.3 per cent of local children aged 5 to 11 have now had a second pediatric dose of COVID-19 vaccine, while 55.9 per cent have had at least one dose.

There are now 77,677 local residents who have received a third booster dose while 123,535 have had at least one dose and 118,991 have had at least two doses.

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.

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.

They are also available at the Village Pharmacy in Lakefield, the Keene Drug Mart, Centennial Pharmacy in Norwood, Village Gate Pharmasave in Bobcaygeon, MacLaren Pharmacy and Rx Drug Mart in Campbellford and Johnstons Pharmacy in Hastings.

Active cases continue slide

No new COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations or outbreaks were reported Wednesday by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit while active confirmed cases continued to decline.

Seven cases remain hospitalized in the jurisdiction, with one in an intensive care unit. Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reported having one admitted patient with the virus on Wednesday.

Three ongoing outbreaks are continuing at Case Manor Care Community in Bobcaygeon, the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay (which had 35 active inmate cases as of Monday) and the Home for Special Care Eastside Lodge in Lindsay.

Another eight PCR test confirmed cases in Northumberland County and seven in the City of Kawartha Lakes were reported Wednesday, but even more cases were resolved, for a total of 7,351 cumulative confirmed cases and 104 cumulative deaths (the most recent was on Friday, a Northumberland County resident in their 50s who did not have a record of vaccination).

There are now 78 active cases, 45 in the City of Kawartha Lakes, 31 in Northumberland County and one in Haliburton County, down from 84 on Tuesday.

The jurisdiction’s seven-day confirmed case rate was 56.6 cases per 100,000 residents on Wednesday, down from 60.3 on Tuesday.

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.

— with files from May Warren and Ben Cohen, Torstar


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