Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 3,887 new cases today, including 1,331 in Toronto and triple-digit increases in 7 other health units. The seven-day average of daily cases has decreased by 88 to 3,722.
There are 3,016 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant and 31 more cases of the B.1.351 South Africa. The number of cases of the P.1 Brazilian variant continues to accelerate, with 144 new cases reported today for a total of 645.
Hospitalizations have decreased, including a very small decrease in the number of ICU admissions. However, there has been a large increase in the number of patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 21 deaths today, with no deaths in long-term care homes.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 25 new cases to report (including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 5 in Peterborough, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 1 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton) and an additional 40 cases resolved, with the number of active cases dropping by 21 to 249.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (1,331), Peel (871), York (267), Durham (208), Hamilton (204), Ottawa (196), Niagara (156), and Halton (123).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Middlesex-London (85), Simcoe Muskoka (62), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (54), Waterloo (49), Windsor-Essex (46), Brant (37), Eastern Ontario (27), Haldimand-Norfolk (22), Southwestern (17), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (16), Hastings Prince Edward (13), Peterborough (13), Northwestern (12), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (10), and Lambton (10), with smaller increases in Porcupine (9), Sudbury (9), Algoma (6), Grey Bruce (6), and Huron Perth (6).
The remaining 6 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with all health units reporting at least 2 cases.
Of today’s new cases, 57% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,577) among people ages 20-39 followed by 1,179 cases among people ages 40-59 and 639 cases among people 19 and under.
With 4,242 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% to at 90.0% — the 11th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.2% to 7.4%, meaning that 74 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on April 29.
Ontario is reporting 21 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 27 new daily deaths over the past week, a decrease of 2 from yesterday.
The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 47 to 2,201, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 1 to 883. However, the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators has increased by 12 to a new record high of 632.
A total of 53,074 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 2,911 to 29,003.
A total of 5,139,984 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 112,214 from yesterday, with 371,110 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 2,707 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.52% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 34.89% of the population, an increase of 0.76% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 25 new cases to report, including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 5 in Peterborough, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 1 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton.
An outbreak at Carressent Care Mary Street in Lindsay was declared on April 29. An outbreak at an unidentified congregate living facility in Belleville was declared on April 30.
There have been 4 new ICU admissions in Hastings Prince Edward,
There are 13 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 5 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, 3 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 2 in Kawartha Lakes.
An additional 40 cases have been resolved, including 12 in Peterborough, 10 in Hastings Prince Edward, 10 in Northumberland, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Haliburton.
There are currently 249 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 21 from yesterday, including 87 in Hastings Prince Edward (17 in Quinte West, 50 in Belleville, 3 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 10 in Prince Edward County, 6 in Central Hastings, and 1 in North Hastings), 72 in Peterborough, 43 in Kawartha Lakes, 39 in Northumberland, and 8 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,222 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,133 resolved with 14 deaths), 730 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (644 resolved with 56 deaths), 819 in Northumberland County (766 resolved with 14 deaths), 103 in Haliburton County (94 resolved with 1 death), and 930 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (833 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: 1,222 (increase of 5)
Total variants of concern cases: 442 (increase of 5)
Active cases: 75 (decrease of 7)
Close contacts: 200 (decrease of 19)
Deaths: 14 (no change)
Resolved: 1,133 (increase of 12)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 53 (no change)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 8 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 49,950 (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 30, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 16 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change) 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: 1,642, including 730 in Kawartha Lakes, 819 in Northumberland, and 103 in Haliburton (increase of 22, including 10 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton)*
Total variants of concern cases: 378, including 125 in Kawartha Lakes, 234 in Northumberland, and 19 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 90, including 43 in Kawartha Lakes, 39 in Northumberland, and 8 in Haliburton (decrease of 11, including 10 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 7, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland (increase of 1 in Northumberland)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 60, including 33 in Kawartha Lakes, 24 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (no change)**
Deaths (including among probable cases): 71, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 14 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,504, including 644 in Kawartha Lakes, 766 in Northumberland, and 94 in Haliburton (increase of 18, including 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 10 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 180,530 (increase of 683)
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, Carressent Care Mary Street in Lindsay (increase of 1)***
*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 30, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 8 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1).
***An outbreak at Carressent Care Mary Street in Lindsay was declared on April 29.
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: 930 (increase of 12)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 290 (increase of 3)
Active cases: 87 (no change)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 20 (decrease of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 8 (increase of 4)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 3 (decrease of 1)
Resolved: 833 (increase of 10)
Tests completed: 128,296 (increase of 1)
Vaccine doses administered: 59,867 (increase of 1,155)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,043 (increase of 42)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace in Prince Edward County, Unidentified workplace in Belleville, QHC Belleville General Hospital, Unidentified workplace in Belleville, Unidentified congregate living facility in Belleville (increase of 1)*
*An outbreak at an unidentified congregate living facility in Belleville was declared on April 30.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 463,364 (increase of 3,887)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 65,960 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 3,016); 274 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 31); 645 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 144)*
VOC R(t): 0.93 (decrease of 0.03 as April 26)**
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,722 (decrease of 88)
Positivity rate: 7.4% (decrease of 0.2%)
Resolved: 417,252 (increase of 4,242), 90.0% of all cases (increase of 0.1%)
Hospitalizations: 2,201 (decrease of 47)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 883 (decrease of 1)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 632 (increase of 12)
Deaths: 8,050 (increase of 21)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 27 (decrease of 2)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,918 (no change)
Total tests completed: 14,105,838 (increase of 53,074)
Tests under investigation: 29,003 (decrease of 2,911)
Vaccination doses administered: 5,139,984 (increase of 112,214), 34.89% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.76%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 371,110 (increase of 2,707), 2.52% 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.