Ontario reports 1,248 new COVID-19 cases, including 6 in Peterborough

New deaths continue to rise with 29 province-wide, including 20 in long-term care homes

Fairhaven is a municipal long-term care home facility located at 881 Dutton Road in Peterborough. (Photo: Fairhaven)
Fairhaven is a municipal long-term care home facility located at 881 Dutton Road in Peterborough. (Photo: Fairhaven)

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

Today, Ontario is reporting 1,248 new COVID-19 cases, a drop of 333 from yesterday’s record high of 1,581 cases. This is the tenth straight day of more than 1,000 new daily cases, with the average number of daily cases over the past 10 days decreasing slightly to 1,332.

Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (364), Peel (308), and York (125), with smaller increases in Durham (62), Ottawa (62), Halton (54), Waterloo (48), Hamilton (31), Middlesex-London (29), Simcoe Muskoka (26), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (24), Windsor-Essex (23), Niagara (23), Southwestern Public Health (13), Sudbury (6), Huron Perth (6), and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (6).

The remaining 17 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with only 4 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 53% are among people under 40 years of age, with the highest number of cases (480) among people ages 20 to 39. With 1,062 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases remains unchanged at 83.3%. The average positivity rate across Ontario is unavailable on weekends.

For the thirteenth day in a row, there has been a double-digit increase in the number of deaths, with 29 new deaths reported today including 20 in long-term care facilities — the highest number of deaths and long-term care deaths since June. Hospitalizations have decreased by 23 to 479, but 40 hospitals did not submit data for this report so this number may be under-reported. There are 11 additional patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and 1 additional patient on a ventilator.

A total of 42,206 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 13,620 to 26,147.

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There are 6 new cases to report in Peterborough, at least some of which are likely related to the ongoing outbreak at Fairhaven long-term care facility in Peterborough.

“We have fourteen residents in our Riverside 2 COVID wing (all originally from Westview 2), with several results outstanding from our lab,” writes Lionel Towns, executive director of Fairhaven, in a email to families on Sunday morning (November 15). “There are currently four confirmed positive cases in staff with several test results outstanding. We should receive most of the outstanding swabs today or tomorrow.”

The outbreak at Fairhaven began after a caregiver visiting the Westview 2 unit tested positive for COVID-19 on October 31. Since then, the virus has spread and two residents have died from COVID-19.

An additional case has been resolved in Peterborough.

Reports are unavailable on weekends for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

There are currently 34 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 23 in Peterborough, 6 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 3 in Northumberland.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 179 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (152 resolved with 4 deaths), 189 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (168 resolved with 32 deaths), 57 in Northumberland County (51 resolved with 1 death), 22 in Haliburton County (22 resolved with no deaths), and 87 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (76 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death — a resident of Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough — on November 12.

Province-wide, there have been 94,009 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,248 from yesterday, with 78,303 cases resolved (83.3% of all cases), an increase of 1,062. There have been 3,361 deaths, an increase of 20 from yesterday, with 2,141 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 20 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 23 to 479, but 40 hospitals did not submit data for this report so this number may be under-reported. There are 11 additional patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and 1 additional patient on a ventilator. A total of 5,643,922 tests have been completed, an increase of 42,206 from yesterday, with 26,147 tests under investigation, a decrease of 13,620 from yesterday.

The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 4 p.m. the previous day. Health unit data is more current, and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day.

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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: 179 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 23 (increase of 5)
Close contacts: 25 (increase of 9)
Deaths: 4 (no change)
Resolved: 152 (increase of 1)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 10 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 35,600 (increase of 100)
Institutional outbreaks: Fairhaven (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. These numbers are from November 13.

Confirmed positive: 268, including 189 in Kawartha Lakes, 57 in Northumberland, 22 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 7, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland (increase of 5, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High-risk contacts: 22, including 8 in Kawartha Lakes, 11 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (decrease of 2)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 15, including 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 241, including 168 in Kawartha Lakes, 51 in Northumberland, 22 in Haliburton (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg (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. These numbers are from November 13.

Confirmed positive: 87 (increase of 3)
Active cases: 6 (increase of 3)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Hospitalized (total to date): 7 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU (total to date): 2 (no change)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 2 (no change)
Resolved: 76 (no change)
Total tests completed: 6,986 (increase of 53)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 94,009 (increase of 1,248)
Resolved: 78,303 (increase of 1,062, 83.3% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 479 (decrease of 23)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 118 (increase of 11)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 67 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 3,361 (increase of 29)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 2,141 (increase of 20)
Total tests completed: 5,643,922 (increase of 42,206)
Tests under investigation: 26,147 (decrease of 13,620)

*As is always the case on weekends, a number of hospitals (approximately 40) did not submit data to the Daily Bed Census for November 13. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from October 15 - November 14, 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 October 15 – November 14, 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 October 15 - November 14, 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 October 15 – November 14, 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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