Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Today, Ontario is reporting 2,964 new cases, with the seven-day average of daily cases across the province increasing by 137 to 2,792. There are triple-digit increases today in 10 health unit regions.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there is 1 new case to report and 14 additional cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region decreasing by 13 to 188.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (786), Peel (346), York (308), Durham (197), Windsor-Essex (187), Hamilton (172), Waterloo (157), Niagara (113), Ottawa (100), and Halton (100).
There are double-digit increases in Middlesex-London (79), Simcoe Muskoka (58), Lambton (55), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (53), Eastern Ontario (45), Haldimand-Norfolk (30), Southwestern (29), Huron Perth (27), Chatham-Kent (19), Peterborough (18), Brant (18), Grey Bruce (15), and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (14), with smaller increases in Timiskaming (6).
The remaining 10 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases. For the first time since the pandemic began, every health unit in Ontario is reporting at least 1 case.
Of today’s new cases, 50% are among people under the age of 40, with the highest number of cases (1,095) among people ages 20-39, followed by 900 cases among people ages 40-59 and 420 cases among people ages 60-79. With 2,175 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.2% to 85.2%. The average positivity rate across Ontario is unavailable on statutory holidays and weekends.
Ontario is reporting 25 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 15 deaths in long-term care facilities. Hospitalizations have decreased by 5 to 998, but this total does not include data from more than 10% of hospitals so is under-reported. With 7 more patients with COVID-19 in ICUs reported today, there are now 329 COVID-19 ICU patients in Ontario. With 8 more COVID-19 patients on ventilators reported today, there are now 228 COVID-19 patients on ventilators.
A total of 49,803 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 13,940 to 27,769. A total of 37,551 vaccine doses have been administered, an increase of 4,360 from yesterday.
After a substantial increase of 88 new cases over the past two days, today there is only 1 new case to report in the greater Kawarthas region, in Peterborough. There are no new cases in Hastings Prince Edward. However, reports for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton are unavailable on Sundays, so the number of new cases in these counties is unknown.
An additional 14 cases have been resolved, including 6 in Peterborough and 8 in Hastings Prince Edward.
There is 1 new COVID-19 hospitalization in Peterborough. Peterborough Public Health has also declared two new outbreaks: one at a second unidentified congregate living facility in Peterborough, and another at a workplace in Otonabee-South Monaghan. One or both of these outbreaks may explain the increase of 37 new cases reported on January 2.
There are currently 188 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 13 from yesterday, including 95 in Peterborough, 27 in Hastings Prince Edward (9 in Quinte West, 14 in Belleville, 1 in Prince Edward County, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, and 1 in North Hastings), 33 in Northumberland, 27 in Kawartha Lakes, and 6 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 386 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (286 resolved with 5 deaths), 264 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (218 resolved with 32 deaths), 257 in Northumberland County (222 resolved with 2 deaths), 33 in Haliburton County (28 resolved with no deaths), and 296 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (264 resolved with 5 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Northumberland on December 27.
Province-wide, there have been 190,962 confirmed cases, an increase of 2,964 from yesterday, with 162,701 cases resolved (85.2% of all cases), an increase of 2,175 from yesterday. There have been 4,650 deaths, an increase of 25 from yesterday, with 2,829 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 15 from yesterday. The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 5 to 998, but this total does not include data from more than 10% of hospitals so is under-reported. With 7 more patients with COVID-19 in ICUs reported today, there are now 329 COVID-19 ICU patients in Ontario. With 8 more COVID-19 patient on ventilators reported today, there are now 228 COVID-19 patients on ventilators. A total of 8,103,832 tests have been completed, an increase of 49,803 from yesterday, with 27,769 tests under investigation, a decrease of 13,940 from yesterday. A total of 37,551 vaccine doses have been administered, an increase of 4,360 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).
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, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 386 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 95 (decrease of 5)
Close contacts: 195 (decrease of 17)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Resolved: 286 (increase of 6)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 16 (increase of 1)*
Total tests completed: Over 39,450 (increase of 50)
Outbreaks: Riverview Manor in Peterborough, Unidentified congregate living facility #1 in Peterborough, Unidentified congregate living facility #2 in Peterborough, Workplace in Otonabee-South Monaghan (increase of 2)**
*As of December 31, Peterborough Regional Health Centre reports a total of 4 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 3 patients on an inpatient unit and 1 patient in ICU (transferred from another hospital). This number does not include the new hospitalization reported by the health unit.
**The health unit is reporting a new outbreak at a second unidentified congregate living facility in Peterborough as of January 3, as well as a workplace outbreak in Otonabee-South Monaghan as of January 2. One or both of these outbreaks may explain the increase of 37 new cases reported on January 2.
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. These numbers are for the two-day period January 1 and 2.
Confirmed positive: 554, including 264 in Kawartha Lakes, 257 in Northumberland, 33 in Haliburton (increase of 37, including 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 21 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)*
Active cases: 65, including 27 in Kawartha Lakes, 33 in Northumberland, and 6 in Haliburton (increase of 29, including 7 in Kawartha Lakes, 18 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 2 (increase of 2, in Northumberland)
High-risk contacts: 239, including 54 in Kawartha Lakes, 154 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (net decrease of 27)**
Hospitalizations (total to date): 23, including 15 in Kawartha Lakes, 7 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)
Deaths: 34 (no change)
Resolved: 468, including 218 in Kawartha Lakes, 222 in Northumberland, 28 in Haliburton (increase of 8, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Institutional outbreaks: Christian Horizons group home in Northumberland, Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope (increase of 2)***
*The health unit states that total counts and counts for individual counties may fluctuate from previously reported counts as cases are transferred to or from the health unit based on case investigation details and routine data cleaning.
**This total includes 25 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.
***An outbreak was declared at Christian Horizons group home in Northumberland on January 1 and in Hope St. Terrace long-term care home in Port Hope on December 31. The outbreak at Golden Plough Lodge in Cobourg has been declared over.
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: 296 (no change)
Active cases: 27 (decrease of 8)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 2 (decrease of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 0 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 264 (increase of 8)
Swabs completed: 26,702 (decrease of 58)
Institutional outbreaks: None (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 190,962 (increase of 2,964)
Resolved: 162,701 (increase of 2,175, 85.2% of all cases)
Positivity rate: 5.7% (for December 31; rate is unavailable on statutory holidays and weekends)
Hospitalized: 998 (decrease of 5)*
Hospitalized and in ICU: 329 (increase of 7)
Hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 228 (increase of 8)
Deaths: 4,650 (increase of 25)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 2,829 (increase of 15)
Total tests completed: 8,103,832 (increase of 49,803)
Tests under investigation: 27,769 (decrease of 13,940)
Total vaccine doses administered: 37,551 (increase of 4,360)
*As more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for this report, the number of hospitalization is under-reported.
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.