New COVID-19 cases in Ontario drop to 658, with another new case in Peterborough

5 new deaths, over 75% of new cases are in the province's 4 urban hotspots

COVID-19 tests in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

Today, Ontario is reporting 658 new COVID-19 cases — the lowest single-day increase in the past week. Over 75% of the new cases are in the province’s urban hotspots: Toronto (197), Peel (155), York (94), and Ottawa (66). Cases in Durham Region (45) are on the rise, with smaller increases in Halton (29), Simcoe Muskoka (18), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (13), Hamilton (11), and Eastern Ontario Health Unit (7).

The remaining 24 public health units reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 12 reporting no cases at all. Of today’s cases, half are among people under the age of 40. With 685 more cases resolved, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to 86%.

There have been 5 new deaths. The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 31 to 247, but around 40 hospitals did not submit data for today’s report so this number is likely under-reported. One patient has been discharged from an ICU, and one additional person is on a ventilator. A total of 40,850 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 10,021 to 23,609.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, Peterborough is reporting another new case, for the fifth straight day of new cases. However, as another case has been resolved, the number of active cases remains at 4. Reports are unavailable on weekends for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

There are currently 9 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 4 in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, and 1 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 137 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (131 resolved with 2 deaths), 183 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (164 resolved with 32 deaths), 45 in Northumberland County (44 resolved with 1 death), 19 in Haliburton County (18 resolved with no deaths), and 65 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (56 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 64,371 confirmed cases, an increase of 658 from yesterday, with 55,371 (86% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 685. There have been 3,046 deaths, an increase of 5 from yesterday, with 1,980 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 1 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has dropped from 278 to 247; however, around 40 hospitals did not submit data so this number is likely under-reported. An additional patient has been discharged from an ICU, with 1 additional patient on a ventilator. A total of 4,658,413 tests have been completed, an increase of 40,850 from yesterday, with 23,609 tests under investigation, a decrease of 10,021 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.

The health unit provides daily reports, including on weekends.

Confirmed positive: 137 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 4 (no change)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 131 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: Over 32,950 (increase of 100)
Institutional outbreaks: None (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. These numbers are from October 16.

Confirmed positive: 247, including 183 in Kawartha Lakes, 45 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (no change)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15 (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 226, including 164 in Kawartha Lakes, 44 in Northumberland, 18 in Haliburton (no change)
Active cases: 1 (no change)
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. These numbers are from October 16.

Confirmed positive: 65 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 4 (increase of 1)
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: 56 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 42,542 (increase of 67)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 64,371 (increase of 658)
Resolved: 55,371 (increase of 685, 86% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 247 (decrease of 31)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 71 (decrease of 1)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 43 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 3,046 (increase of 5)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,980 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 4,658,413 (increase of 40,850)
Tests under investigation: 23,609 (decrease of 10,021)

*As is often the case on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for October 16. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 17 - October 17, 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 September 17 – October 17, 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 September 17 - October 17,2020. 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 September 17 – October 17,2020. 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.

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