Ontario reports 1,746 new COVID-19 cases, including 20 in greater Kawarthas region

Province-wide deaths decrease to 8 but hospitalizations increase by 32, ICU admissions by 12, and ventilated patients by 17

A COVID-19 test swab in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

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

Ontario is reporting 1,746 new COVID-19 cases today, with the average number of daily cases over the past seven days increasing by 22 to 1,570. There are 20 new cases to report in the greater Kawarthas region, with 78 active cases across the region.

Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto, with a record increase of 622 cases, followed by Peel (380), York (217), and Durham (108).

There are double-digit increases in Waterloo (74), Hamilton (54), Windsor-Essex (38), Halton (35), Ottawa (29), Simcoe Muskoka (28), Niagara (22), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (22), Thunder Bay (21), Eastern Ontario Health Unit (15), and Middlesex-London (14), with smaller increases in Huron Perth (9), Brant County (9), Southwestern Public Health (7), and Haldimand-Norfolk (6).

The remaining 15 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 4 health units reporting no new cases at all.

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Of today’s cases, 50% are among people under 40 years of age, with the highest number of cases (642) among people ages 20 to 39 followed by 526 cases among people ages 40 to 59. With 1,320 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% to 84.7%. Since November 27, the average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.9% to 4.6%, meaning that 46 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on November 29.

Ontario is reporting 8 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 2 in long-term care facilities — the lowest number of daily deaths since November 2, when 7 deaths were reported. However, hospitalizations have increased by 32 to 618 (and this number does not include data from around 40 hospitals), the number of patients with COVID-19 admitted to ICUs has jumped by 12 to 168, and the number of patients on ventilators has jumped by 17 to 108.

A total of 39,406 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has decreased by 11,336 to 27,388.

There are 102 new cases in Ontario schools to report today, a decrease of 10 from November 27, with 86 student cases, 15 staff cases, and 1 cases in an unidentified person. There are 14 cases in licensed child care settings, a decrease of 1 from November 27, with 12 cases among children and 2 cases among staff.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 20 new cases to report, including 10 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 7 in Northumberland, 2 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Peterborough. There are no new cases to report in Haliburton.

An additional 9 cases have been resolved in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 3 in Northumberland, 2 in Peterborough, 2 in Haliburton, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes. A previously reported case in Haliburton has been transferred to another health unit.

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

There are currently 78 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 32 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (with the majority of cases in Belleville and Quinte West), 21 in Peterborough, 18 in Northumberland, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 212 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (186 resolved with 5 deaths), 199 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (174 resolved with 32 deaths), 86 in Northumberland County (67 resolved with 1 death), 27 in Haliburton County (26 resolved with no deaths), and 138 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (101 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on November 23.

Province-wide, there have been 116,492 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,746 from yesterday, with 98,639 cases resolved (84.7% of all cases), an increase of 1,320 from yesterday. There have been 3,656 deaths, an increase of 8 from yesterday, with 2,303 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 2 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 32 to 618, although this number does not include data from around 40 hospitals. There are 12 additional patients with COVID-19 in ICUs and 17 more patients on ventilators. A total of 6,274,916 tests have been completed, an increase of 39,406 from yesterday, with 27,388 tests under investigation, a decrease of 11,336 from yesterday.

The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 12 p.m. the previous day. Data from local health units is more current and is usually reflected in the provincial data the following day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (which is from yesterday) and the local health unit data reported today (which is from today).

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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: 212 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 21 (decrease of 1)
Close contacts: 58 (decease of 12)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Resolved: 186 increase of 2)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 10 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 36,750 (increase of 50)
Institutional outbreaks: Fairhaven (no change)

*The health unit is no longer reporting the total number of hospitalizations.

 

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 include cases reported from November 28 to 30.

Confirmed positive: 312, including 199 in Kawartha Lakes, 86 in Northumberland, 27 in Haliburton (increase of 9, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 7 in Northumberland)*
Active cases: 25, including 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 18 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (net increase of 2)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High-risk contacts: 88, including 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 71 in Northumberland, and 6 in Haliburton (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 16, including 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 4 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 267, including 174 in Kawartha Lakes, 67 in Northumberland, 26 in Haliburton (increase of 6, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

*One previously reported case in Haliburton has been transferred to another health unit.

 

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 include cases reported from November 28 to 30.

Confirmed positive: 138 (increase of 10)
Active cases: 32 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 1 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 1 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 101 (increase of 9)
New swabs completed: 2,765 (increase of 139)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 116,492 (increase of 1,746)
Resolved: 98,639 (increase of 1,320, 84.7% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 618 (increase of 32)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 168 (increase of 12)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 108 (increase of 17)
Deaths: 3,656 (increase of 8)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 2,303 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 6,274,916 (increase of 39,406)
Tests under investigation: 27,388 (decrease of 11,336)

*Around 40 hospitals did not submit data for the daily bed census for November 28. The number of hospitalized patients may increase when reporting compliance increases.

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from October 30 - November 29, 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 30 – November 29, 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 30 - November 29, 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 30 – November 29, 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.