Ontario reports 851 new COVID-19 cases, including 6 in the greater Kawarthas region

2 new cases in Peterborough, 2 new cases in Northumberland, and 2 new cases in Hastings and Prince Edward counties

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 851 new COVID-19 cases, a decrease from the 1,042 cases reported on Sunday and the 978 cases reported on Saturday.

Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (281) and Peel (215), followed by York (90) and Ottawa (76). New cases have surged in Hamilton (41), with smaller increases in Simcoe Muskoka (28), Halton (27), Durham (23), Middlesex-London (11), Haldimand-Norfolk (10), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (8), and Brant County (7). The remaining 22 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 8 health units reporting no new cases at all.

For the first time in two months, more than half of today’s cases (52%) are in people over the age of 40. With 679 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% to 85.4%. The positivity rate has increased to 3.8%, meaning that 3.8% of all tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on October 25. This is an increase of 0.6% from yesterday’s positivity rate of 3.2%.

There have been 6 new deaths, including 2 new deaths in long-term care homes. Hospitalizations have increased by 17 to 295, but this increase is based on yesterday’s number of 278 that did not include data from 40 hospitals; it should be compared to the 294 hospitalized patients reported on October 23 (however, 40 hospitals also did not submit data for today’s number, so it may increase again tomorrow). Five additional patients with COVID-19 have been admitted to ICUs, but there are 3 fewer patients are on ventilators.

A total of 28,652 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 5,998 to 17,603.

The number of new cases in Ontario schools today is 72, the same number as the last report on October 23, with 39 student cases, 4 staff cases, and 29 cases among unidentified individuals. There are 9 new cases in licensed child care settings, an increase of 1 from the last report on October 23, with 3 cases among children and 6 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 2 new cases to report in Peterborough; however, 3 additional cases have been resolved, leaving 9 active cases. There are 2 new cases to report in Northumberland; however, 1 additional case has been resolved and 1 previous case has been removed as the individual resided outside of the health unit’s jurisdiction, leaving the number of active cases unchanged at 1. There are 2 new cases to report in Hastings and Prince Edward counties; however, 1 additional case has been resolved, leaving 8 active cases. There are no new cases in Kawartha Lakes or Haliburton.

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

There are currently 19 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 9 in Peterborough, 8 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 147 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (133 resolved with 2 deaths), 185 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (165 resolved with 32 deaths), 47 in Northumberland County (45 resolved with 1 death), 19 in Haliburton County (19 resolved with no deaths), and 75 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (62 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 71,224 confirmed cases, an increase of 851 from yesterday, with 60,839 (85.4% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 679. There have been 3,099 deaths, an increase of 6 from yesterday, with 1,991 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 2 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 17 to 295, but this increase is based on yesterday’s number of 278 that did not include data from 40 hospitals; it should be compared to the 294 hospitalized patients reported on October 23. Five additional patients have been admitted to ICUs, with 3 fewer patients on ventilators. A total of 4,937,423 tests have been completed, an increase of 28,652 from yesterday, with 17,603 tests under investigation, a decrease of 5,998 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: 147 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 9 (decrease of 1)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 136 (increase of 3)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,850 (increase of 150)
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: 251, including 185 in Kawartha Lakes, 47 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 2 in Northumberland)*
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15 (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 229, including 165 in Kawartha Lakes, 45 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 1, in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 2 (increase of 2, 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

*One previously reported case in Northumberland has been removed as the individual resided outside of the health unit’s area, so the net increase in new cases is 1.

 

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: 75 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 8 (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)
Resolved: 62 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 45,282 (increase of 314)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 71,224 (increase of 851)
Resolved: 60,839 (increase of 679, 85.4% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 295 (increase of 17)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 78 (increase of 5)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 51 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 3,099 (increase of 6)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,991 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 4,937,423 (increase of 28,652)
Tests under investigation: 17,603 (decrease of 5,998)

*There were 294 hospitalized patients on October 23. Around 40 hospitals did not submit data for yesterday’s report, so this increase is from yesterday’s under-reported number of 278 patients. However, around 40 hospitals also did not submit data for today’s report, so this 295 number may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 25 - October 25, 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 25 – October 25, 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 25 - October 25, 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 25 – October 25, 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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