Ontario reports 704 new COVID-19 cases, including 3 in greater Kawarthas region

1 new case in Peterborough, 1 new case in Kawartha Lakes, 1 new case in Hastings and Prince Edward counties

A COVID-19 test swab 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 704 new COVID-19 cases. Most of the new cases are in Toronto (244), Peel (168), York (103), and Ottawa (51), with smaller increases in Halton (23), Simcoe Muskoka (17), Hamilton (17), Durham (16), Waterloo (14), Eastern Ontario Health Unit (13), Niagara (9), and Middlesex-London (6).

The remaining 22 public health units reporting 5 or fewer cases, with only 7 reporting no cases at all. Of today’s cases, 54% are among people under the age of 40. With 607 more cases resolved, the percentage of resolved cases remains unchanged at 86%. The positivity rate has increased by 0.6% to 3.1%, meaning that 3.1% of all tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on October 18.

There have been 4 new deaths. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 5 to 252, but around 30 hospitals did not submit data for today’s report so this number is likely under[reported. Two patients have been discharged from ICUs, and 3 fewer patients are on ventilators. A total of 31,864 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 7,306 to 16,303 — the smallest backlog since September 8.

The number of new cases in Ontario schools today is 74, a decrease of 24 from October 16, with 48 student cases, 10 staff cases, and 16 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 10 new cases in licensed child care settings, a decrease of 1 from October 16, with 6 cases among children and 4 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there is 1 new case to report in Peterborough, for the sixth straight day of new cases. There is also 1 new case to report in Kawartha Lakes and 1 new case in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

There are no new cases in Northumberland or Haliburton. An additional case has been resolved in Haliburton, leaving no active cases there, and an additional case has been resolved in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

None of the new cases in Ontario schools and child care settings are in the greater Kawarthas region.

There are currently 10 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 5 in Peterborough, 4 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 138 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (131 resolved with 2 deaths), 184 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 66 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (57 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 65,075 confirmed cases, an increase of 704 from yesterday, with 55,978 (86% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 607. There have been 3,050 deaths, an increase of 4 from yesterday, with 1,980 deaths in long-term care homes (no change from yesterday). The number of hospitalizations has increased by 5 to 252; however, around 30 hospitals did not submit data so this number is likely under-reported. An additional 2 patients have been discharged from ICUs, with 3 fewer patients on ventilators. A total of 4,690,277 tests have been completed, an increase of 31,864 from yesterday, with 16,303 tests under investigation, a decrease of 7,306 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: 138 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 5 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 131 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,050 (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.

Confirmed positive: 248, including 184 in Kawartha Lakes, 45 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 1, in Kawartha Lakes)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15 (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 227, including 164 in Kawartha Lakes, 44 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 1, in Haliburton)
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.

Confirmed positive: 66 (increase of 1)
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: 57 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 43,511 (increase of 969)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 65,075 (increase of 704)
Resolved: 55,978 (increase of 607, 86% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 252 (increase of 5)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 69 (decrease of 2)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 40 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 3,050 (increase of 4)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,980 (no change)
Total tests completed: 4,690,277 (increase of 31,864)
Tests under investigation: 16,303 (decrease of 7,306)

*As if often the case on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 30) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for October 17. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 18 - October 18, 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 18 – October 18, 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 18 - October 18,2020. 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 18 – October 18,2020. 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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