Ontario reports 821 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties

No new cases in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, or Haliburton

A COVID-19 test being conducted 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 821 new COVID-19 cases. Most of the new cases are in Toronto (327), Peel (136), Ottawa (79), and York (64), with smaller increases in Halton (46), Hamilton (36), Durham (32), Brant County (14), Waterloo (14), Simcoe-Muskoka (13), Niagara (12), Middlesex-London (10), Windsor-Essex (9), Southwestern Public Health (6), and Eastern Ontario Health Unit (6).

The remaining 19 public health units reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 11 reporting no cases at all. Of today’s cases, 51% are among people under the age of 40. With 628 more cases resolved, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% to 85.9%. The positivity rate has increased by 0.5% to 3.6%, meaning that 3.6% of all tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on October 19.

There have been 3 new deaths. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 22 to 274, but this number was under-reported over the last two days and should be compared to the number of hospitalized patients on October 17, which was 278. There have been 3 new patients admitted to ICUs, and 5 more patients are on ventilators.

A total of 24,049 tests were completed yesterday, the lowest number since September 8, but the backlog of tests under investigation has increased by 7,826 to 24,129.

The number of new cases in Ontario schools today is 121, an increase of 47 from yesterday, with 75 student cases, 22 staff cases, and 24 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 21 new cases in licensed child care settings, an increase of 11 from yesterday, with 14 cases among children and 7 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, with 1 additional case being resolved, leaving 7 active cases.

For the first time in six days, there are no new cases in Peterborough, and the number of confirmed cases has decreased by 1 to 137 (possibly the result of a case being transferred to another health unit based on residence), leaving 4 active cases. There are no new cases in Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, or Haliburton.

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

There are currently 12 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 4 in Peterborough, 7 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes.

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), 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 70 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (58 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 65,896 confirmed cases, an increase of 821 from yesterday, with 56,606 (85.9% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 628. There have been 3,053 deaths, an increase of 3 from yesterday, with 1,979 deaths in long-term care homes, a decrease of 1 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 22 to 274; however, this number was under-reported over the past two days, and is a decrease from 278 hospitalized patients on October 17. An additional 3 patients have been admitted to ICUs, with 5 additional patients on ventilators. A total of 4,714,326 tests have been completed, an increase of 24,049 from yesterday, with 24,129 tests under investigation, an increase of 7,826 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 (decrease of 1)
Active cases: 4 (decrease of 1)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 131 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,100 (increase of 50)
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 (no change)
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 (no change)
Active cases: 1, in Kawartha Lakes (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: 70 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 7 (increase of 3)
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: 58 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 44,410 (increase of 899)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 65,896 (increase of 821)
Resolved: 56,606 (increase of 628, 85.9% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 274 (increase of 22)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 72 (increase of 3)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 45 (increase of 5)
Deaths: 3,053 (increase of 3)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,979 (decrease of 1)
Total tests completed: 4,714,326 (increase of 24,049)
Tests under investigation: 24,129 (increase of 7,826)

*This number was under-reported over the last two days, and should be compared to the number of hospitalized patients on October 17, which was 278.

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