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.
The health unit reported four new hospitalized cases along with a new outbreak on Wednesday.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre had 25 admitted patients with the virus on Wednesday, up from 22 on Tuesday, and has outbreaks on Units A4, B5 and C1.
There are 10 other active institutional outbreaks in the jurisdiction.
Another 117 new PCR test confirmed cases since Monday were reported Wednesday. Active confirmed jumped to 315, up from 240 on Monday.
The jurisdiction of Peterborough city and county has now had 7,170 cumulative confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March 2020 with 6,784 resolved and 71 earlier deaths.
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.
New hospitalized case in the City of Kawartha Lakes
A new COVID-19 hospitalized case in the Northumberland County was reported Wednesday by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.
The health unit reported 26 new PCR test confirmed cases in the City of Kawartha Lakes, 15 in Northumberland County and seven in Haliburton County since Monday, but more cases were resolved, resulting in 136 active confirmed cases, down from 183 on Monday.
Peterborough Public Health has COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Healthy Planet Arena at 911 Monaghan Rd. in Peterborough on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and May 11 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Upcoming clinics in the county include Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norwood Community Centre at 88 Alma St. and May 12 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 Monday and May 13 from 3 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 pharmacies, usually by appointment.
As of 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.