Ontario reports 827 new COVID-19 cases, including 1 in Northumberland

Hospitalizations across province increase by 17, cases double in schools and child care centres

Public health nurse Simone Jackson wearing personal protective equipment as she prepares to open a swab to test a patient for COVID-19 in Peterborough Public Health's clinic. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Public Health)
Public health nurse Simone Jackson wearing personal protective equipment as she prepares to open a swab to test a patient for COVID-19 in Peterborough Public Health's clinic. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Public Health)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 827 new COVID-19 cases, with most of the new cases in Toronto (355), Peel (169), and York (89). There are smaller increases in Ottawa (58), Durham (44), Windsor-Essex (16), Hamilton (14), Simcoe Muskoka (14), Brant County (11), Halton (10), and Middlesex-London (7). The remaining 23 public health units are reporting 5 or fewer cases, with 9 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 55% are among people under the age of 40. With 691 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases remains unchanged at 85.4%. The positivity rate has decreased by 0.3% to 3.5%, meaning that 3.5% of all tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on October 26.

There have been 4 new deaths, including 3 new deaths in long-term care homes. Hospitalizations have increased by 17 to 312, with 3 fewer patients in ICUs and 1 additional patient on a ventilator.

A total of 23,945 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has increased by 5,033 to 22,636.

The number of new cases in Ontario schools today has jumped to 144, double yesterday’s increase, with 82 student cases, 12 staff cases, and 50 cases among unidentified individuals. Cases in licensed child care settings have also jumped to 26, an increase of 17 since yesterday, with 11 cases among children and 15 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there is 1 new case to report in Northumberland. There are no new cases in Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, or Hastings and Prince Edward counties. An additional 3 cases have been resolved in Peterborough, and an additional 1 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 16 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 6 in Peterborough, 7 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 1 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Northumberland.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 147 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (139 resolved with 2 deaths), 185 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (165 resolved with 32 deaths), 48 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 (63 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on September 8.

Province-wide, there have been 72,051 confirmed cases, an increase of 827 from yesterday, with 61,530 (85.4% of all cases) resolved, an increase of 691. There have been 3,103 deaths, an increase of 4 from yesterday, with 1,994 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 3 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 17 to 312, with 3 fewer patients admitted to ICUs and 1 additional patient on a ventilator. A total of 4,961,368 tests have been completed, an increase of 23,945 from yesterday, with 22,636 tests under investigation, an increase of 5,033 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 (no change)
Active cases: 6 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 2 (no change)
Resolved: 139 (increase of 3)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 9 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 33,950 (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.

Confirmed positive: 252, including 185 in Kawartha Lakes, 48 in Northumberland, 19 in Haliburton (increase of 1, 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 (no change)
Active cases: 3 (increase of 2, 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
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: 75 (no change)
Active cases: 7 (decrease of 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: 63 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 45,341 (increase of 59)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 72,051 (increase of 827)
Resolved: 61,530 (increase of 691, 85.4% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 312 (increase of 17)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 75 (decrease of 3)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 52 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 3,103 (increase of 4)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 1,994 (increase of 3)
Total tests completed: 4,961,368 (increase of 23,945)
Tests under investigation: 22,636 (increase of 5,033)

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from September 26 - October 26, 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 26 – October 26, 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 26 - October 26, 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 26 – October 26, 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.