Ontario reports 790 new COVID-19 cases, including 4 in Peterborough

Province-wide deaths increase by 9 but hospitalizations are down, school-related cases jump to 144

Lab analysis of a nasal swab for COVID-19. (Stock photo)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 790 new COVID-19 cases. Most of the new cases are in Toronto (321), Peel (157), Ottawa (57), and York (76), with smaller increases in Durham (43), Hamilton (34), Halton (24), Niagara (19), Waterloo (15), Simcoe-Muskoka (13), and Eastern Ontario Health Unit (9). The remaining 23 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 13 reporting no cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 56% are among people under the age of 40. With 719 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% to 86%. The positivity rate has decreased by 1.1% to 2.5%, meaning that 2.5% of all tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on October 20.

There have been 9 new deaths, including 3 in long-term care homes. The number of hospitalizations has fallen by 14 to 260, with 1 less ICU patient but 4 new patients on ventilators. A total of 32,646 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has increased by 5,203 to 29,332.

The number of new cases in Ontario schools today has jumped to 144, an increase of 23 from yesterday and the second double-digit increase in a row, with 66 student cases, 13 staff cases, and 65 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 19 new cases in licensed child care settings, a decrease of 2 from yesterday, with 10 cases among children and 9 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 4 new cases to report in Peterborough, increasing the number of active cases to 8. There are no new cases in Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, or Hastings and Prince Edwards counties.

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

There are currently 16 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 8 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 141 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 66,686 confirmed cases, an increase of 790 from yesterday, with 57,325 (86% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 719. There have been 3,062 deaths, an increase of 9 from yesterday, with 1,981 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 3 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 14 to 260, with 1 patient discharged from an ICU and 4 additional patients placed on ventilators. A total of 4,746,972 tests have been completed, an increase of 32,646 from yesterday, with 29,332 tests under investigation, an increase of 5,203 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: 141 (increase of 4)
Active cases: 8 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 131 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,200 (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 (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 (no change)
Active cases: 7 (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: 58 (no change)
Total tests completed: 44,444 (increase of 34)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 66,686 (increase of 790)
Resolved: 57,325 (increase of 719, 86% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 260 (decrease of 14)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 71 (decrease of 1)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 49 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 3,062 (increase of 9)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,981 (increase of 3)
Total tests completed: 4,746,972 (increase of 32,646)
Tests under investigation: 29,332 (increase of 5,203)

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 20 - October 20, 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 20 – October 20, 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 20 - October 20,2020. 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 20 – October 20,2020. 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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