December 3, 2023

Seven new hospitalized COVID-19 cases from the past week were reported Wednesday by Peterborough Public Health, which has maintained the COVID-19 community risk index at moderate.

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.

There are now six local institutional COVID-19 outbreaks, the health unit also reported, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, St. Joseph’s at Fleming long-term-care home, Peterborough Retirement Residence, Royal Gardens Retirement Residence, Canterbury Gardens Retirement Residence and the Centennial Place long-term-care home in Millbrook.

The jurisdiction of Peterborough city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation had 112 new PCR test confirmed cases over the past week, but active cases have now dropped to 300. The counts are considered an underestimate since most people don’t qualify for PCR testing.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday. The jurisdiction has had 136 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Only 38,475 residents (27 per cent) have had a booster dose over the past six months as of Wednesday. The level has been dropping with each passing week

As of Wednesday, 125,284 residents of the jurisdiction (85 per cent) have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, 121,2030 (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. The clinic will relocated to Jackson Square on King Street next month.

The next clinic is 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 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 three new hospitalizations, two new ICU admissions and 106 new PCR lab test confirmed cases for the week of Feb. 26 to March 4.

The jurisdiction has COVID-19 institutional outbreaks at the Community Living Trent Highlands group home in Haliburton, facility-wide at the Gardens of Haliburton retirement home, facility-wide at Adelaide Place retirement home in Lindsay, facility-wide at Burnbrae Gardens long-term-care home in Campbellford and the Extendicare Kawartha Lakes long-term-care home in Lindsay.

Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay continues to have an outbreak on the CCP1 unit . The hospital had 15 admitted patients with the virus as of Wednesday. 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.


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