Peterborough Public Health reported no new COVID-19-related deaths from the past week on Wednesday but maintained the COVID-19 community risk index at moderate as wastewater surveillance continues to indicate a rise in local cases.
Under the moderate risk level, the health unit recommends the use of masks for high-risk indoor public spaces or when interacting with high-risk individuals, while also suggesting social gatherings be keep outdoors and in small groups while masked and limiting attendance at high-risk settings.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre had 11 admitted patients with the virus when it last reported on Friday, down from 18 a week earlier.
The jurisdiction of Peterborough city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation had 79 new PCR test confirmed cases over the past week, raising active cases to 359. The counts are considered an underestimate since most people don’t qualify for PCR testing.
There are four active institutional outbreaks, two of them at the Royal Gardens Retirement Residence and the other two at the Peterborough Retirement Residence and the Canterbury Gardens Retirement Residence.
The jurisdiction has had 136 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Only 38,811 residents (27 per cent) have had a booster dose over the past six months, dropping from the 28 per cent level that it had been at for months.
As of Wednesday, 125,280 residents of the jurisdiction (85 per cent) have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 121,1430 (82 per cent) have had at least two doses
The health unit is running COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics at Peterborough Square for all age groups, with walk-ins accepted. Masks are required at the clinics.
Clinics continue Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For priority service, appointments for people 12 and older can be booked four days in advance online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
Some local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 shots.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported a new death along with two new hospitalizations, one new ICU admission and 85 new PCR lab test confirmed cases for the week of Feb. 19 to 25.
A facility-wide outbreak at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay was downgraded to an outbreak in just the CCP1 unit on Wednesday and visitor restrictions were relaxed. The hospital had 20 admitted patients with the virus as of Wednesday, up from 15 last week. The Lindsay hospital has a by-appointment-only cold, COVID-19 and flu care clinic operating weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. — call 705-328-6217 first.
Ongoing institutional outbreaks continue at the restorative care unit at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, facility wide at the Adelaide Place retirement home in Lindsay, the Burnbrae Gardens long-term-care home in Campbellford, the Extendicare Kawartha Lakes long-term-care home in Lindsay and the Lakeland Village retirement home in Lindsay.
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