Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 3,166 new cases today, but the province notes a technical data issue means case counts from Toronto and health units in central Ontario may be underreported today. While Toronto and 6 other health units are reporting triple-digit increases, the seven-day average of daily cases has decreased to 3,266 and the number of active cases continuing to decline.
Hospitalizations have fallen for the second day in a row, with a significant decrease in the number of ICU patients, but the number of patients on ventilators has increased. Ontario is reporting 23 deaths today, including 2 in long-term care homes.
Ontario administered 144,724 vaccine doses yesterday, the highest number since vaccinations began, with almost 40% of the population now having received at least a single dose.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 33 new cases to report (including 13 in Kawartha Lakes, 9 in Hastings Prince Edward, 8 in Peterborough, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton) and an additional 24 cases resolved, with the number of active cases climbing by 9 to 213.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (876), Peel (817), York (300), Durham (205), Hamilton (148), Halton (139), and Ottawa (106).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Middlesex-London (83), Niagara (65), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (65), Simcoe Muskoka (64), Waterloo (48), Brant (41), Windsor-Essex (35), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (19), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (18), Lambton (16), Eastern Ontario (15), Porcupine (14), Haldimand-Norfolk (13), Southwestern (12), Sudbury (11), and Hastings Prince Edward (11), with smaller increases in Huron Perth (9), Northwestern (7), and Peterborough (6).
The remaining 8 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with only 1 health unit (Timiskaming) reporting no new cases.
Of today’s new cases, 59% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,357) among people ages 20-39 followed by 893 cases among people ages 40-59 and 497 cases among people 19 and under.
With 3,875 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 91.4% — the 18th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.2% to 7.0%, meaning that 70 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 6.
Ontario is reporting 23 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 2 new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 27 new daily deaths over the past week, an increase of 1 from yesterday.
The number of hospitalizations has fallen by 19 to 1,924, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 19 to 858 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators increasing by 11 to 611.
A total of 51,338 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation falling by 1,329 to 25,957.
A total of 5,885,485 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 144,724 from yesterday — the highest daily increase since vaccinations began in Ontario. A total of 387,484 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 2,895 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.63% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 39.95% of the population, an increase of 0.98% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 33 new cases to report, including 13 in Kawartha Lakes, 9 in Hastings Prince Edward, 8 in Peterborough, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton. An outbreak at Staples and Swain Law Office in Lindsay was declared on May 6.
There are 16 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 12 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Peterborough, and 1 in Northumberland.
There is 1 new hospitalization in Hastings Prince Edward, and 1 new ICU admission in Peterborough.
An additional 24 cases have been resolved, including 9 in Hastings Prince Edward, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Peterborough, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton.
There are currently 213 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 9 from yesterday, including 75 in Hastings Prince Edward (13 in Quinte West, 42 in Belleville, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 8 in Prince Edward County, 6 in Central Hastings, and 5 in North Hastings), 70 in Peterborough, 40 in Kawartha Lakes, 24 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,281 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,196 resolved with 15 deaths), 764 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (681 resolved with 56 deaths), 835 in Northumberland County (797 resolved with 14 deaths), 107 in Haliburton County (102 resolved with 1 death), and 988 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (903 resolved with 10 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on May 6.
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: 1,281 (increase of 7)*
Total variants of concern cases: 486 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 70 (increase of 2)
Close contacts: 239 (increase of 23)
Deaths: 15 (no change)
Resolved: 1,196 (increase of 5)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 57 (no change)**
ICU admissions (total to date): 10 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: Over 50,600 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Unidentified congregate living facility #3 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #5 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #7 in Peterborough, Sunshine Daycare in Peterborough, Unidentified home child care centre #1 in Peterborough County (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 60,427 (increase of 4,018 as of May 7)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,421 (increase of 210 as of May 7)
*The health unit is reporting 8 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has increased by 7 because 1 case has been removed from a previous day.
**As of May 7, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 14 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 2) and a total of 70 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (increase of 3).
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: 1,706, including 764 in Kawartha Lakes, 835 in Northumberland, and 107 in Haliburton (increase of 15, including 13 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)*
Total variants of concern cases: 424, including 155 in Kawartha Lakes, 248 in Northumberland, and 21 in Haliburton (increase of 13, including 12 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 68, including 40 in Kawartha Lakes, 24 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton (net increase of 7)
Probable cases: 3, including 2 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 62, including 33 in Kawartha Lakes, 26 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: 1,580, including 681 in Kawartha Lakes, 797 in Northumberland, and 102 in Haliburton (increase of 10, including 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 184,091 (increase of 643)
Vaccine doses administered: 72,365 (increase of 7,412 as of May 3)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,271 (increase of 723 as of May 3)
Outbreaks: Transition House shelter in Cobourg, Staples and Swain Law Office 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 May 7, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 6 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1).
***An outbreak at Staples and Swain Law Office in Lindsay was declared on May 6.
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: 988 (increase of 9)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 344 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 75 (no net change)
Deaths: 10 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 17 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 6 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 6 (no change)
Resolved: 903 (increase of 8)
Tests completed: 132,230 (increase of 9)
Vaccine doses administered: 65,730 (increase of 1,069)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,564 (increase of 56)
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, ICU of QHC Belleville General Hospital (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 486,223 (increase of 3,166)*
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 86,846 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 3,496); 367 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 41); 1,069 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 14)
VOC R(t): 0.92 (increase of 0.03 as April 30)**
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,266 (decrease of 103)
Positivity rate: 7.0% (increase of .02%)
Resolved: 444,342 (increase of 3,875), 91.4% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 1,924 (decrease of 40)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 858 (decrease of 19)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 611 (increase of 11)
Deaths: 8,236 (increase of 23)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 27 (increase of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,931 (increase of 2)
Total tests completed: 14,416,084 (increase of 51,338)
Tests under investigation: 25,957 (decrease of 1,329)
Vaccination doses administered: 5,885,485 (increase of 144,724), 39.95% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.98%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 387,484 (increase of 2,895), 2.63% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.02%)***
*The government states that, due to a technical data issue, today’s case count may be underreported for the central east, central west, and Toronto regions.
**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.