Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
On the same day Ontario declared its third state of emergency and a month-long stay-at-home order, the province is reporting 3,215 new COVID-19 cases, with the seven-day average of daily cases increasing by 126 to 2,988.
There are 126 more confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, 1 more case of the B.1.351 South Africa variant, and 14 more cases of the P.1 Brazilian variant. There is another large increase in hospitalizations, with a small decrease in ICU admissions and an even smaller increase in ventilated patients. New cases in schools and child care settings have spiked.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 50 new cases to report and an additional 23 cases resolved, with the number of active cases climbing by 30 to 349. See below for detailed numbers from each regional health unit.
Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (1,095), Peel (596), York (342), Ottawa (225), Durham (187), Middlesex-London (113), and Hamilton (104).
There are double-digit increases today in Halton (75), Waterloo (74), Simcoe Muskoka (68), Niagara (46), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (42), Windsor-Essex (38), Eastern Ontario (32), Sudbury (29), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (22), Hastings Prince Edward (18), Brant (17), Haldimand-Norfolk (17), Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (12), and Peterborough (10), with smaller increases in Thunder Bay (9), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (9), Southwestern (9), Porcupine (8), and Northwestern (6).
The remaining 8 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 56% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,188) among people ages 20-39 followed by 929 cases among people ages 40-59 and 620 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,407 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% to 90.6%. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 2.2% to 6.7%, meaning that 67 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on April 6.
Ontario is reporting 17 new COVID-19 deaths, with 1 new death in a long-term care home. Ontario has averaged 16 new daily deaths over the past week, an increase of 1 from yesterday.
The number of hospitalizations increased yesterday by 236 to 1,397, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 6 to 504 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators increasing by 1 to 311.
A total of 49,889 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 12,451 to 41,624.
A total of 2,726,221 doses of vaccine have now been administered, a record single day increase of 104,382, with 324,783 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 1,635.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.20% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.01% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 18.50% of the population, an increase of 0.71% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
There are 719 new cases in Ontario schools, an increase of 483 from yesterday, including 571 student cases, 146 staff cases, and 2 cases among unidentified people. There are 199 new cases in licensed child care settings in Ontario, an increase of 123 from yesterday, including 113 cases among children and 86 cases among staff.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 50 new cases to report, including 27 in Hastings Prince Edward, 17 in Peterborough, 4 in Northumberland, and 2 in Kawartha Lakes.
An outbreak related to student transportation on Tri-board Bus #499, with 2 cases, was declared on April 7.
There are 35 new regional cases of presumed variants of concern, including 17 in Northumberland, 11 in Hastings Prince Edward, 6 in Peterborough, and 1 in Haliburton.
An additional 23 cases have been resolved, including 11 in Hastings Prince Edward, 7 in Peterborough, 4 in Northumberland, and 1 in Kawartha Lakes.
There are currently 349 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 30 from yesterday, including 167 in Hastings Prince Edward (61 in Quinte West, 61 in Belleville, 8 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 3 in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, 16 in Prince Edward County, 17 in Central Hastings, and 1 in North Hastings), 89 in Peterborough, 63 in Northumberland, 23 in Kawartha Lakes, and 7 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 949 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (849 resolved with 11 deaths), 606 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (541 resolved with 55 deaths), 561 in Northumberland County (486 resolved with 12 deaths), 75 in Haliburton County (67 resolved with 1 death), and 654 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (481 resolved with 6 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on April 5.
The provincial data in this report is pulled from Ontario’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 4 p.m. the previous day, as well as from systems in Toronto, Ottawa, and Middlesex-London at 2 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: 949 (increase of 17)
Total variants of concern cases: 246 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 89 (increase of 10)
Close contacts: 246 (increase of 11)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Resolved: 849 (increase of 7)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 31 (no change)*
Total tests completed: Over 47,350 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Empress Gardens retirement home in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #1 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #2 in Peterborough, Champlain Annex at Trent University in Peterborough, Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School in Peterborough (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 30,433 (last updated April 1)
*As of April 7, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 12 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (increase of 1) and 27 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (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 Saturday, excluding Sundays and statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 1,242, including 606 in Kawartha Lakes, 561 in Northumberland, and 75 in Haliburton (increase of 6, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)*
Cases with N501Y mutation: 109, including 38 in Kawartha Lakes, 70 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (increase of 18, including 17 in Northumberland and 1 in Haliburton)**
Active cases: 93, including 23 in Kawartha Lakes, 63 in Northumberland, and 7 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)
Probable cases: 2 in Northumberland (no change)
High-risk contacts: 318, including 54 in Kawartha Lakes, 195 in Northumberland, and 16 in Haliburton (net increase of 35)***
Hospitalizations (total to date): 53, including 32 in Kawartha Lakes, 18 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (no change)****
Deaths (including among probable cases): 68, including 55 in Kawartha Lakes, 12 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,094, including 541 in Kawartha Lakes, 486 in Northumberland, 67 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 1 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 166,573 (increase of 758)
Vaccine doses administered: 30,408 (last updated April 6)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 2,989 (last updated April 6)
Outbreaks: St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Cobourg, Timber House Resort in Brighton (no change)
*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.
**The N501Y mutation has been identified in variants of concern including the B.1.1.7 UK variant, the B.1.351 South Africa variant, and the P.1 Brazilian variant.
***This total includes an additional 53 high-risk contacts directly followed up through the Public Health Ontario contact tracing process that are missing the contacts’ county.
****As of April 7, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 2 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (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 daily reports, including on weekends, excluding statutory holidays.
Confirmed positive: 654 (increase of 27)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 78 (increase of 11)
Active cases: 167 (increase of 19)
Deaths: 6 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 3 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 1 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator (total to date): 0 (no change)
Resolved: 481 (increase of 11)
Tests completed: 115,280 (increase of 10)
Vaccine doses administered: 36,677 (increase of 1,475)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 3,183 (increase of 949)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Trenton, Unidentified setting in Belleville, Unidentified child care facility in Belleville, Unidentified workplace in Quinte West, The Richmond Retirement Residence in Belleville, Tri-board Bus #499 (increase of 1)*
*An outbreak related to student transportation on Tri-board Bus #499, with 2 cases, was declared on April 7.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 370,817 (increase of 3,215)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) confirmed cases: 2,291 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 126); 72 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 1); 120 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 14)
VOC R(t): 1.23 (decrease of 0.01, last updated April 2)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 2,988 (increase of 126)
Positivity rate: 6.7% (decrease of 2.2%)
Resolved: 335,983 (increase of 2,407), 90.6% of all cases (decrease of 0.1%)
Hospitalizations: 1,397 (increase of 236)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 504 (decrease of 6)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 311 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 7,475 (increase of 17)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 16 (increase of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,904 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 12,905,286 (increase of 49,889)
Tests under investigation: 41,624 (increase of 12,451)
Vaccination doses administered: 2,726,221 (increase of 104,382), 18.50% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.71%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 324,783 (increase of 1,635), 2.20% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.01%)**
*R(t) is a virus’s effective reproduction number, which is the average number of new infections caused by a single infected individual at a specific time (t) in a partially immunized population. To successfully eliminate a disease from a population, R(t) needs to be less than 1.
**An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.