Ontario reports 538 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 in Peterborough, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Haliburton

Backlog of tests under investigation reaches a record high of over 82,000

A COVID-19 test being conducted in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

Ontario is reporting 538 new cases of COVID-19 today, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 15,347 to a record high of 82,473.

Most of today’s 538 new cases are in Toronto (229), Peel (101), Ottawa (66), and York (43), with smaller increases in Durham (14), Simcoe Muskoka (14), Waterloo (13), Hamilton (8), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (7), and Niagara (6), and Brant (6). The remaining 23 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with only 10 reporting no cases at all. Of today’s cases, 60% are among people under the age of 40.

There have been 3 new deaths and 12 new hospitalizations, with an increase of 1 ICU patient.

There are 64 new cases in Ontario schools today (29 students, 14 staff, and 21 unidentified individuals). In licensed child care settings, there are 8 new cases (5 children and 3 staff).

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report today in Peterborough, 2 new cases in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 new case in Haliburton. There are no new cases in Northumberland or Prince Edward and Hastings counties.

There are currently 27 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 15 in Peterborough, 4 in Prince Edward and Hastings counties, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton.

None of the new cases in schools and child care settings are in the greater Kawarthas region. However, on Thursday (October 1), Peterborough Public Health reported an inconclusive test result at St. Peter Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough that it is treating as a probable case.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 125 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (108 resolved with 2 deaths), 182 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (159 resolved with 32 deaths), 43 in Northumberland County (40 resolved with 1 death), 17 in Haliburton County (15 resolved with no deaths), and 56 in Hastings County and Prince Edward County (47 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 52,248 confirmed cases, an increase of 538 from yesterday, with 44,422 (85% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 515. There have been 2,851 deaths, an increase of 3 from yesterday, with 1,838 deaths reported in long-term care homes, an increase of 2. A total of 3,963,111 tests have been completed, an increase of 39,646 from yesterday, with 82,473 tests under investigation, an increase of 15,347 from yesterday.

This report is based on data supplied by the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS), as well as any additional information supplied by health units. This information is at least 24 hours old, so it is not real-time data. Note that each health unit reports the information in a different way.

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Peterborough Public Health

Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the City and County of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.

Confirmed positive: 125 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 15 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 108 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 29,300 (increase of 150)
Institutional outbreaks: Fairhaven (no change)

 

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit’s service area is the City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County, and Haliburton County.

The health unit provides reports from Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 242, including 182 in Kawartha Lakes, 43 in Northumberland, 17 in Haliburton (increase of 2, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15 (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 214, including 159 in Kawartha Lakes, 40 in Northumberland, 15 in Haliburton (no change)
Active cases: 8, including 2 in Haliburton, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Northumberland (increase of 2, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Haliburton)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

 

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s service area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward County.

The health unit provides reports from Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 56 (no change)
Active cases: 4 (no change)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Hospitalized: 0 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 0 (no change)
Recovered: 47 (no change)
Total tests completed: 37,790 (increase of 129)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 52,248 (increase of 538)
Resolved: 44,422 (increase of 515, 85% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 162 (increase of 12)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 36 (increase of 1)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 17 (no change)
Deaths: 2,851 (increase of 3)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,838 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 3,963,111 (increase of 39,646)
Tests under investigation: 82,473 (increase of 15,347)

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from August 31 - September 29, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from August 31 – September 29, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from August 31 - September 29, 2020. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from August 31 – September 29, 2020. The red line is the number of tests completed daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

 

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.