Even as confirmed cases and institutional outbreaks drop, COVID-19 is continuing to take a deadly toll in the Peterborough area.
Peterborough Public Health reported one new COVID-19-related death over the past week on Wednesday while the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported one death.
The Peterborough death was a man in his 90s who was vaccinated while the other death was a City of Kawartha Lakes man in his 80s who was vaccinated.
Peterborough Public Health maintained the community risk index at moderate risk, the middle level on a five-level scale.
The health unit has four active institutional outbreaks, one at Extendicare Peterborough that has been ongoing since April 25, another declared May 24 at Regency Retirement Lakefield and two more declared Monday at Extendicare Peterborough and Centennial Place.
The juriscition had 70 new PCR test confirmed case over the past week, with active cases at 174.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre had seven admitted patients with the virus on Wednesday.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported 13 new PCR test confirmed cases on Wednesday with active cases at 39, with three active institutional outbreaks.
Vax clinics shift to health unit
Peterborough Public Health’s COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic ended its 14-month run at the Healthy Planet Arena on Monaghan Road last week.
The clinic first opened on March 19, 2021 in the early days of the vaccine’s availability — back when the facility was still named the Evinrude Centre.
No mass vaccination clinics are planned for this week while the health unit relocates the clinics temporarily to the Peterborough Public Health office in Jackson Square at 185 King St. in downtown Peterborough, starting on Monday.
The provincial government’s GO-Vaxx mobile clinic will stop at Lansdowne Place mall at Lansdowne and High streets in Peterborough on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The mobile clinic will have the Pfizer vaccine available for first, second, third and booster doses for adults and youth aged 12 and up, as well as the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children five to 11.
As of last Wednesday, 123,801 residents of the jurisdiction have had at least one dose (84 per cent of all residents), 119,784 have had at least two doses (81 per cent of all residents) and 79,749 have had three doses (54 per cent). The health unit hasn’t disclosed the rate of fourth and fifth doses for those more at risk who are eligible.
Appointments for priority service at health unit clinics can be booked online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900. Mask are required at the clinics.
Some local pharmacies also offer vaccinations by appointment and the health unit is pointing anyone needing a dose this week to try the pharmacies.