Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 2,864 new cases today, with the seven-day average of daily cases decreasing to 3,193 and the proportion of active cases across the province declining for the 19th straight day.
Peel has overtaken Toronto today as the region with the highest number of daily cases at 803, while Toronto and 6 other health units are also reporting triple-digit increases.
Hospitalizations have fallen for the third day in a row, with a small decrease in the number of ICU patients and a larger decrease in the number of patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 25 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes.
Ontario has now administered over 6 million vaccine doses, with more than 40% of the population having received at least 1 dose.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 40 new cases to report (including 17 in Hastings Prince Edward, 10 in Peterborough, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton) and an additional 20 cases resolved, with the number of active cases climbing by 20 to 233. See below for detailed information from each health unit in the region.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Peel (803), Toronto (684), York (285), Hamilton (133), Durham (125), Middlesex-London (110), Ottawa (107), and Niagara (105).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Halton (98), Waterloo (72), Simcoe Muskoka (60), Windsor-Essex (39), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (35), Southwestern (31), Eastern Ontario (23), Porcupine (20), Haldimand-Norfolk (20), Northwestern (18), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (15), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (11), and Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (10), with smaller increases in Huron Perth (9), Hastings Prince Edward (8), Thunder Bay (7), Peterborough (7), and Lambton (6).
The remaining 8 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with only 1 health unit (Algoma) reporting no new cases.
Of today’s new cases, 61% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,213) among people ages 20-39 followed by 757 cases among people ages 40-59 and 531 cases among people 19 and under.
With 3,596 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 91.6% — the 19th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.2% to 6.8%, meaning that 68 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 7.
Ontario is reporting 25 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 26 new daily deaths over the past week, an decrease of 1 from yesterday.
The number of hospitalizations has fallen by 92 to 1,832, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 7 to 851 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators falling by 23 to 588.
A total of 47,817 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 4,217 to 21,740.
A total of 6,023,610 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 138,125 from yesterday, with 390,990 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 3,506 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.65% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 40.88% of the population, an increase of 0.94% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 40 new cases to report, including 17 in Hastings Prince Edward, 10 in Peterborough, 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton. An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Belleville, involving 3 cases, was declared on May 7.
There are 23 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 13 in Kawartha Lakes, 7 in Hastings Prince Edward, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton.
An additional 20 cases have been resolved, including 10 in Hastings Prince Edward, 8 in Peterborough, and 2 in Kawartha Lakes. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace #7 in Peterborough was declared resolved on May 7.
There are currently 233 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 20 from yesterday, including 81 in Hastings Prince Edward (12 in Quinte West, 44 in Belleville, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 8 in Prince Edward County, 8 in Central Hastings, and 8 in North Hastings), 71 in Peterborough, 44 in Kawartha Lakes, 32 in Northumberland, and 5 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,290 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,204 resolved with 15 deaths), 770 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (683 resolved with 56 deaths), 843 in Northumberland County (797 resolved with 14 deaths), 108 in Haliburton County (102 resolved with 1 death), and 1,004 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (913 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: 1,290 (increase of 9)*
Total variants of concern cases: 486 (no change)
Active cases: 71 (increase of 1)
Close contacts: 226 (decrease of 13)
Deaths: 15 (no change)
Resolved: 1,204 (increase of 8)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 57 (no change)**
ICU admissions (total to date): 10 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 50,700 (increase of 100)
Outbreaks: Unidentified congregate living facility #3 in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #5 in Peterborough, Sunshine Daycare in Peterborough, Unidentified home child care centre #1 in Peterborough County (decrease of 1)***
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 10 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has only increased by 9 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).
***An outbreak at an unidentified workplace #7 in Peterborough was declared resolved on May 7.
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: 1,721, including 770 in Kawartha Lakes, 843 in Northumberland, and 108 in Haliburton (increase of 13, including 6 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)*
Total variants of concern cases: 440, including 168 in Kawartha Lakes, 250 in Northumberland, and 22 in Haliburton (increase of 16, including 13 in Kawartha Lakes, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)
Active cases: 81, including 44 in Kawartha Lakes, 32 in Northumberland, and 5 in Haliburton (increase of 13, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 8 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)
Probable cases: 4, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)
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: 1,582, including 683 in Kawartha Lakes, 797 in Northumberland, and 102 in Haliburton (increase of 2 in Kawartha Lakes)
Tests completed: 184,091 (no change)
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 (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.
**As of May 7, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 6 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1).
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: 1,004 (increase of 17)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 351 (increase of 7)
Active cases: 81 (increase of 6)
Deaths: 10 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 17 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 6 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 6 (no change)
Resolved: 913 (increase of 10)
Tests completed: 132,230 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 66,472 (increase of 742)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 4,612 (increase of 48)
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, Unidentified child care facility in Belleville (increase of 1)*
*An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Belleville, involving 3 cases, was declared on May 7.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 489,087 (increase of 2,864)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 89,614 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 2,768); 395 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 28); 1,212 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 143)
VOC R(t): 0.92 (increase of 0.03 as April 30)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,193 (decrease of 73)
Positivity rate: 6.8% (increase of .02%)
Resolved: 447,938 (increase of 3,596), 91.6% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 1,832 (decrease of 92)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 851 (decrease of 7)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 588 (decrease of 23)
Deaths: 8,261 (increase of 25)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 26 (decrease of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,931 (no change)
Total tests completed: 14,463,901 (increase of 47,817)
Tests under investigation: 21,740 (decrease of 4,217)
Vaccination doses administered: 6,023,610 (increase of 138,125), 40.88% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.94%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 390,990 (increase of 3,506), 2.65% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.02%)**
*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.