Ontario reports 1,676 new COVID-19 cases, including 22 in greater Kawarthas region

Active local cases rise to 99 with 9 new cases in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 6 in Peterborough, 6 in Northumberland, 1 in Kawartha Lakes

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.

Ontario is reporting 1,676 new COVID-19 cases today, around 250 fewer cases than have been reported over each of the past two days. The average number of daily cases over the past seven days has decreased by 4 to 1,816.

In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 22 new cases to report, with 12 resolved cases and 1 new hospitalization. There are currently 99 active cases across the entire region.

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Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (588), Peel (349), and York (141).

There are double-digit increases in Windsor-Essex (84), Durham (76), Halton (66), Simcoe Muskoka (62), Waterloo (61), Middlesex-London (55), Hamilton (51), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (28), Ottawa (21), Niagara (15), and Renfrew (10), with smaller increases in Huron Perth (9), Southwestern Public Health (9), Lambton (6), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (6), and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (6).

The remaining 15 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with only 3 health units reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 52% are among people under 40 years of age, with the highest number of cases (599) among people ages 20 to 39 followed by 499 cases among people ages 40 to 59. With 1,549 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% to 84.8%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 1.0% to 5.0%, meaning that 50 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on December 7.

Ontario is reporting 10 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 5 in long-term care facilities. Hospitalizations have increased by 69 to 794, with 6 more patients with COVID-19 in ICUs and 11 more patients on ventilators.

A total of 39,198 tests were completed yesterday, and the backlog of tests under investigation has increased by 9,494 to 40,732.

There are 333 new cases in Ontario schools today, an increase of 195 from yesterday, with 278 student cases and 55 staff cases (this total includes cases reported on December 4 and December 7). There are 51 new cases in licensed child care settings, an increase of 28 from yesterday, with 21 cases among children and 30 cases among staff (this total includes cases reported on December 4 and December 7).

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 22 new cases to report, including 9 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (mainly from workplace outbreaks in Belleville and Trenton), 6 in Peterborough, 6 in Northumberland, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no new cases in Haliburton.

There has been 1 additional hospitalization in Northumberland. An additional 6 cases have been resolved in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 3 in Northumberland, 1 in Peterborough, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes.

Of today’s reported new cases in Ontario schools, 1 case is in St. Peter Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough. None of the reported cases in licensed child care settings are in the greater Kawarthas region.

There are currently 99 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, including 38 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, 32 in Northumberland, 22 in Peterborough, and 7 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 234 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (207 resolved with 5 deaths), 206 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (180 resolved with 32 deaths), 124 in Northumberland County (91 resolved with 1 death), 27 in Haliburton County (27 resolved with no deaths), and 183 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (140 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on November 23.

Province-wide, there have been 130,910 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,676 from yesterday, with 110,951 resolved cases (84.8% of all cases), an increase of 1,549 from yesterday. There have been 3,808 deaths, an increase of 10 from yesterday, with 2,396 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 5 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has increased by 69 to 794, with 6 more patients with COVID-19 in ICUs and 11 more patients on ventilators. A total of 6,665,787 tests have been completed, an increase of 39,198 from yesterday, with 40,732 tests under investigation, an increase of 9,494 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: 234 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 22 (decrease of 5)
Close contacts: 50 (decrease of 1)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Resolved: 207 (increase of 1)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 12*
Total tests completed: Over 37,350 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Fairhaven (no change)

*Peterborough Regional Health Centre reports that, as of December 8, there is 1 patient with COVID-19 on an inpatient unit and 1 patient with COVID-19 in ICU (transferred from a partner hospital).

 

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 Saturday, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 357, including 206 in Kawartha Lakes, 124 in Northumberland, 27 in Haliburton (increase of 7, including 6 in Northumberland and 1 in Kawartha Lakes)*
Active cases: 39, including 7 in Kawartha Lakes and 32 in Northumberland (increase of 4 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High-risk contacts: 195, including 19 in Kawartha Lakes, 174 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton (net increase of 10)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 17, including 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (increase of 1, in Northumberland)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Resolved: 298, including 180 in Kawartha Lakes, 91 in Northumberland, 27 in Haliburton (increase of 4, including 3 in Northumberland and 1 in Kawartha Lakes)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

*The new cases in Northumberland exclude one previously reported case that has been transferred from another health unit. The transferred case is not considered a new case but is reflected in the total case count for Northumberland.

 

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 daily reports, excluding statutory holidays.

Confirmed positive: 183 (increase of 9)
Active cases: 38 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 140 (increase of 6)
Swabs completed: 10,607
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 130,910 (increase of 1,676)
Resolved: 110,951 (increase of 1,549, 84.8% of all cases)
Hospitalized: 794 (increase of 69)
Hospitalized and in ICU: 219 (increase of 6)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 132 (increase of 11)
Deaths: 3,808 (increase of 10)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 2,396 (increase of 5)
Total tests completed: 6,665,787 (increase of 39,198)
Tests under investigation: 40,732 (increase of 9,494)

New COVID-19 cases in Ontario from November 7 - December 7, 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 November 7 – December 7, 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 November 7 - December 7, 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 November 7 – December 7, 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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