Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
With less than three weeks before the stay-at-home order is set to expire, Ontario is reporting 3,369 new cases today, including 1,050 in Toronto and triple-digit increases in 7 other health units. However, the seven-day average of daily cases continues to decrease, falling by 104 today to 3,618.
There are 3,482 more cases of the B.1.1.7 UK variant, 6 more cases of the B.1.351 South Africa, and 127 new cases of the P.1 Brazilian variant.
Hospitalizations continue to slowly decrease, but ICU admissions now stand at a record high of 900. Ontario Hospital Association president and CEO Anthony Dale told CBC News today hospitals are “fighting every day” to avoid implementing a triage protocol — when health-care providers have to decide who receives treatment and who doesn’t.
Ontario is reporting 29 deaths today, with no deaths in long-term care homes and the seven-day average of new deaths unchanged at 27.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 27 new cases to report (including 9 in Peterborough, 8 in Hastings Prince Edward, 8 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Northumberland) and an additional 28 cases resolved, with the number of active cases increasing by 1 to 250.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (1,050), Peel (819), York (286), Ottawa (158), Durham (157), Hamilton (132), Halton (127), and Middlesex-London (107).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Waterloo (90), Niagara (89), Simcoe Muskoka (71), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (42), Windsor-Essex (41), Haldimand-Norfolk (26), Eastern Ontario (21), Sudbury (19), Southwestern (17), Porcupine (16), Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (16), Lambton (12), Brant (11), and Hastings Prince Edward (10), with smaller increases in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (9), Northwestern (7), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (7), Grey Bruce (7), and Huron Perth (6).
The remaining 7 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with all health units reporting at least 1 case.
Of today’s new cases, 61% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,431) among people ages 20-39 followed by 913 cases among people ages 40-59 and 627 cases among people 19 and under.
With 3,964 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 90.2% — the 12th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.1% to 7.3%, meaning that 73 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on April 30. The average number of new variants of concern infections caused by a single infected individual has fallen by 0.04 to 0.89.
Ontario is reporting 29 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 (no change from yesterday).
The number of hospitalizations has decreased by 49 to 2,152, but the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has increased by 17 to a record high of 900, with the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators increasing by 5 to 637.
A total of 46,803 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 2,473 to 26,530.
A total of 5,247,684 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 107,700 from yesterday, with 373,559 people fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 2,449 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.54% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 35.62% of the population, an increase of 0.73% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 27 new cases to report, including 9 in Peterborough, 8 in Hastings Prince Edward, 8 in Kawartha Lakes, and 2 in Northumberland. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
An outbreak at Adelaide Place in Lindsay was declared on April 30, and an outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Quinte West was declared on May 1.
There has been 1 new ICU admission in Hastings Prince Edward,
There are 22 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 5 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Peterborough, and 2 in Haliburton.
An additional 28 cases have been resolved, including 11 in Hastings Prince Edward, 7 in Peterborough, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton.
There are currently 250 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 1 from yesterday, including 84 in Hastings Prince Edward (18 in Quinte West, 47 in Belleville, 2 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 11 in Prince Edward County, 5 in Central Hastings, and 1 in North Hastings), 77 in Peterborough, 45 in Kawartha Lakes, 38 in Northumberland, and 6 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,231 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,140 resolved with 14 deaths), 738 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (650 resolved with 56 deaths), 820 in Northumberland County (768 resolved with 14 deaths), 103 in Haliburton County (96 resolved with 1 death), and 938 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (844 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: 1,231 (increase of 9)
Total variants of concern cases: 445 (increase of 3)
Active cases: 77 (increase of 2)
Close contacts: 211 (increase of 11)
Deaths: 14 (no change)
Resolved: 1,140 (increase of 7)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 53 (no change)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 8 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 50,100 (increase of 150)
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: 1,661, including 738 in Kawartha Lakes, 820 in Northumberland, and 103 in Haliburton (increase of 10, including 8 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)*
Total variants of concern cases: 385, including 130 in Kawartha Lakes, 234 in Northumberland, and 21 in Haliburton (increase of 7, including 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Haliburton)
Active cases: 89, including 45 in Kawartha Lakes, 38 in Northumberland, and 6 in Haliburton (net decrease of 1)
Probable cases: 7, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 4 in Northumberland (no change)
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: 1,514, including 650 in Kawartha Lakes, 768 in Northumberland, and 96 in Haliburton (increase of 10, including 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 2 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 180,957 (increase of 427)
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, Adelaide Place 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 Adelaide Place in Lindsay was declared on April 30.
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: 938 (increase of 8)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 302 (increase of 12)
Active cases: 84 (decrease of 3)
Deaths: 9 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 20 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 9 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 3 (no change)
Resolved: 844 (increase of 11)
Tests completed: 128,296 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 60,613 (increase of 746)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,047 (increase of 4)
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, Unidentified child care facility in Quinte West (increase of 1)*
*An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Quinte West was declared on May 1
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 466,733 (increase of 3,369)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 69,442 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 3,482); 281 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 6); 772 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 127)*
VOC R(t): 0.89 (decrease of 0.04 as April 27)**
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,618 (decrease of 104)
Positivity rate: 7.3% (decrease of 0.1%)
Resolved: 421,216 (increase of 3,964), 90.2% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 2,152 (decrease of 49)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 900 (increase of 17)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 637 (increase of 5)
Deaths: 8,079 (increase of 29)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 27 (no change)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,918 (no change)
Total tests completed: 14,152,641 (increase of 46,803)
Tests under investigation: 26,530 (decrease of 2,473)
Vaccination doses administered: 5,247,684 (increase of 107,700), 35.62% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.73%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 373,559 (increase of 2,449), 2.54% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.02%)***
*While Ontario’s daily update still 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.