Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
With the province announcing an acceleration of its vaccination plan, Ontario is reporting 3,871 new cases today, including 1,172 in Toronto and triple-digit increases in 9 other health units. The seven-day average of daily cases has increased by 27 to 3,810.
There are 2,589 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, 23 more cases of the B.1.351 South Africa, and 96 more cases of the P.1 Brazilian variant.
Hospitalizations have decreased, with a small increase in the number of ICU admissions and a larger increase in the number of patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 41 deaths today, with no deaths in long-term care homes.
Ontario has now completed more than 14 million tests and administered more than 5 million doses of vaccine.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 44 new cases to report (including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 10 in Peterborough, 10 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton) and an additional 25 cases resolved, with the number of active cases rising by 27 to 270.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (1,172), Peel (901), York (392), Durham (292), Ottawa (147), Halton (129), Simcoe Muskoka (117), Niagara (104), Hamilton (103), and Middlesex-London (101).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Waterloo (63), Windsor-Essex (52), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (46), Haldimand-Norfolk (25), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (21), Northwestern (19), Brant (19), Grey Bruce (18), Eastern Ontario (16), Lambton (16), Porcupine (15), Peterborough (15), Southwestern (14), Hastings Prince Edward (13), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (13), Renfrew (12), Thunder Bay (10), and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (10), with smaller increases in Chatham-Kent (8) and Timiskaming (6).
The remaining 4 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 1 health unit (Sudbury) reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 58% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,528) among people ages 20-39 followed by 1,107 cases among people ages 40-59 and 715 cases among people 19 and under.
With 4,245 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 89.9% — the 10th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.4% to 7.6%, meaning that 76 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on April 28.
Ontario is reporting 41 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 29 new daily deaths over the past week, an increase of 1 from yesterday.
The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 33 to 2,248, but the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has increased by 7 to 884 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators by 15 to 620.
A total of 56,939 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 2,832 to 31,914.
A total of 5,027,770 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 120,567 from yesterday, with 368,403 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 3,237 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.50% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 34.13% of the population, an increase of 0.92% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 44 new cases to report, including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 10 in Peterborough, 10 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton.
An outbreak at Transition House shelter in Cobourg was declared on April 28. There is 1 new hospitalizations in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Peterborough, and 1 in Northumberland.
There are 31 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 15 in Peterborough, 10 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Northumberland.
An additional 25 cases have been resolved, including 9 in Peterborough, 9 in Hastings Prince Edward, 4 in Northumberland, and 3 in Kawartha Lakes. An outbreak at Grafton Post Office in Grafton and an unidentified community outbreak in Belleville have been resolved.
There are currently 270 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 27 from yesterday, including 87 in Hastings Prince Edward (21 in Quinte West, 45 in Belleville, 3 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 7 in Prince Edward County, 9 in Central Hastings, and 2 in North Hastings), 82 in Peterborough, 49 in Northumberland, 43 in Kawartha Lakes, and 9 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,217 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,121 resolved with 14 deaths), 724 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (638 resolved with 56 deaths), 819 in Northumberland County (756 resolved with 14 deaths), 102 in Haliburton County (92 resolved with 1 death), and 919 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (822 resolved with 9 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on April 28.
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: 1,217 (increase of 10)
Total variants of concern cases: 437 (increase of 15)
Active cases: 82 (increase of 1)
Close contacts: 219 (decrease of 14)
Deaths: 14 (no change)
Resolved: 1,121 (increase of 9)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 53 (increase of 1)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 8 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 49,850 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Empress Gardens retirement home in Peterborough, Unidentified congregate living facility #3 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #5 in Peterborough, Trent Champlain Residence: West Towers in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #7 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #8 in Peterborough (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 56,409 (increase of 12,806 as of April 29)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,211 (increase of 1,730 as of April 29)
*As of April 29, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 16 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 2) and a total of 62 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: 1,645, including 724 in Kawartha Lakes, 819 in Northumberland, and 102 in Haliburton (increase of 22, including 10 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)*
Total variants of concern cases: 373, including 123 in Kawartha Lakes, 231 in Northumberland, and 19 in Haliburton (increase of 16, including 10 in Kawartha Lakes and 6 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 101, including 43 in Kawartha Lakes, 49 in Northumberland, and 9 in Haliburton (increase of 16, including 7 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Northumberland, and 5 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 6, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland (increase of 4, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 60, including 33 in Kawartha Lakes, 24 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Northumberland)**
Deaths (including among probable cases): 71, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 14 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,486, including 638 in Kawartha Lakes, 756 in Northumberland, and 92 in Haliburton (increase of 7, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 179,845 (increase of 447)
Vaccine doses administered: 64,953 (increase of 13,242 as of April 26)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 3,548 (increase of 140 as of April 26)
Outbreaks: Fenelon Court long-term care home in Fenelon Falls, Summersweet Custom Design & Build Inc. in Haliburton, Transition House shelter in Cobourg (no net 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.
**As of April 29, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 9 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1).
***An outbreak at Transition House shelter in Cobourg was declared on April 28. An outbreak at Grafton Post Office in Grafton has been resolved.
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: 919 (increase of 12)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 286 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 87 (increase of 3)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 21 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 4 (decrease of 3)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 4 (no change)
Resolved: 822 (increase of 9)
Tests completed: 128,295 (increase of 10)
Vaccine doses administered: 58,712*
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,001 (increase of 24)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Prince Edward County, Unidentified workplace in Belleville, QHC Belleville General Hospital, Unidentified workplace in Belleville (decrease of 1)**
*Yesterday’s report indicated 65,804 doses had been administered. No explanation is given for the decreased number.
**An unidentified community outbreak in Belleville was declared resolved on April 29.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 455,606 (increase of 3,480)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 62,944 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 2,589); 243 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 23); 501 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 96)*
VOC R(t): 0.96 (increase of 0.02 as April 25)**
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,810 (increase of 27)
Positivity rate: 7.6% (increase of 0.4%)
Resolved: 413,010 (increase of 4,245), 89.9% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 2,248 (decrease of 33)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 884 (increase of 7)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 620 (increase of 15)
Deaths: 8,029 (increase of 41)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 29 (increase of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,918 (decrease of 1)
Total tests completed: 14,052,764 (increase of 56,939)
Tests under investigation: 31,914 (decrease of 2,832)
Vaccination doses administered: 5,027,770 (increase of 120,567), 34.13% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.82%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 368,403 (increase of 3,237), 2.50% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.02%)***
*While Ontario’s daily update is not yet reporting this information, Public Health Ontario confirmed on April 23 that 36 cases of the B.1.617 variant, a so-called “double mutation” variant first identified in India, have been detected in Ontario.
**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.