Peterborough records its 16th COVID-19 death, Ontario reports 3,216 new cases

Active cases in greater Kawarthas region rise to 237 with 9 new cases in Peterborough and 7 in Hastings Prince Edward

A COVID-19 test being conducted in a laboratory. (Stock photo)

Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.

Ontario is reporting 3,216 new cases today, with the seven-day average of daily cases decreasing to 3,120 and the proportion of active cases across the province declining for the 20th straight day.

Toronto has the highest number of daily cases at 903, while 8 other health units are also reporting triple-digit increases.

Hospitalizations have fallen for the fourth day in a row, although not all hospitals submitted data for today’s report. There has been a small decrease in the number of ICU patients with COVID-19 and in the number of patients on ventilators.

Ontario is reporting 47 deaths today, the highest daily increase since February 18 with 47 deaths were also reported, with no new deaths in long-term care homes.

In the greater Kawarthas region, Peterborough is reporting a new COVID-19 related death, the second in the last week and the region’s 16th death. There are 16 new cases to report (including 9 in Peterborough and 7 in Hastings Prince Edward) and an additional 9 cases resolved, with the number of active cases across the region increasing by 4 (in Peterborough) to 237. See below for detailed information from each health unit in the region.

Reports are unavailable on Sundays for Kawarthas Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton. Information for May 9 will be included in the health unit’s report on May 10.

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Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (903), Peel (752), York (335), Durham (187), Ottawa (150), Halton (121), Hamilton (113), Niagara (104), and Middlesex-London (101).

There are double-digit increases reported today in Waterloo (99), Simcoe Muskoka (59), Windsor-Essex (49), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (41), Brant (28), Southwestern (18), Haldimand-Norfolk (18), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (17), Hastings Prince Edward (16), Eastern Ontario (14), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (14), Huron Perth (14), Lambton (12), and Peterborough (10), with smaller increases in Porcupine (7) and Grey Bruce (6).

The remaining 9 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with only 1 health unit (Leeds, Grenville & Lanark) reporting no new cases.

Of today’s new cases, 61% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (1,282) among people ages 20-39 followed by 867 cases among people ages 40-59 and 676 cases among people 19 and under.

With 3,653 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.1% to at 91.7% — the 20th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.3% to 7.1%, meaning that 71 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 8.

Ontario is reporting 47 new COVID-19 deaths today — the highest daily increase since February 18 with 47 deaths were also reported. There have been no new deaths in long-term care homes. Ontario has averaged 29 new daily deaths over the past week, an increase of 3 from yesterday.

Hospitalizations have fallen by 192 to 1,640, although more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for today’s report, so the number of hospitalized patients may actually be higher. The number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has decreased by 3 to 848 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators has decreased by 8 to 580.

A total of 38,540 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 5,655 to 16,085.

A total of 6,144,685 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 121,075 from yesterday, and 392,835 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 1,845 from yesterday.

The number of fully vaccinated people represents 2.67% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.02% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 41.71% of the population, an increase of 0.82% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

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In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 16 new cases to report, including 9 in Peterborough and 7 in Hastings Prince Edward. Updates for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton are not available as Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit does not issue reports on Sundays.

There has been 1 new COVID-19 related death in Peterborough, the second in the last week and the region’s 16th death. There has been 1 new hospitalization in Peterborough and 1 new hospitalization, 1 new ICU admission, and 1 new patient on a ventilator in Hastings Prince Edward (note: this could be the same patient).

There are 9 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 7 in Hastings Prince Edward and 2 in Peterborough.

An additional 11 cases have been resolved, including 7 in Hastings Prince Edward and 4 in Peterborough. An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Quinte West, involving 1 case, was declared resolved on May 7.

There are currently 237 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 4 from yesterday, including 81 in Hastings Prince Edward (12 in Quinte West, 44 in Belleville, 1 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 5 in Prince Edward County, 11 in Central Hastings, and 8 in North Hastings), 75 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 1,299 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,208 resolved with 16 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 1,011 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (920 resolved with 10 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on May 9.

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).

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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: 1,299 (increase of 9)
Total variants of concern cases: 488 (increase of 2)
Active cases: 75 (increase of 4)
Close contacts: 230 (increase of 4)
Deaths: 16 (increase of 1)
Resolved: 1,208 (increase of 4)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 58 (increase of 1)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 10 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 50,800 (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 (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)

*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. This information is from May 8; numbers for May 9 will be included in the report for May 10.

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: 1,011 (increase of 7)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 358 (increase of 7)
Active cases: 81 (no net change)
Deaths: 10 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 18 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 7 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 7 (increase of 1)
Resolved: 920 (increase of 7)
Tests completed: 135,855 (increase of 3,625)
Vaccine doses administered: 66,723 (increase of 7)
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, ICU of QHC Belleville General Hospital, Unidentified child care facility in Belleville (decrease of 1)*

*An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Quinte West, involving 1 case, was declared resolved on May 7.

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Province of Ontario

Confirmed positive: 492,303 (increase of 3,216)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 91,624 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 2,010); 400 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 5); 1,229 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 17)
VOC R(t): 0.92 (increase of 0.03 as April 30)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 3,120 (decrease of 73)
Positivity rate: 7.1% (increase of .03%)
Resolved: 451,591 (increase of 3,653), 91.7% of all cases (increase of 0.1%)
Hospitalizations: 1,640 (decrease of 192)**
Hospitalizations in ICU: 848 (decrease of 3)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 580 (decrease of 8)
Deaths: 8,308 (increase of 47)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 29 (increase of 3)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,931 (no change)
Total tests completed: 14,502,441 (increase of 38,540)
Tests under investigation: 16,085 (decrease of 5,655)
Vaccination doses administered: 6,144,685 (increase of 121,075), 41.71% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.82%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 392,835 (increase of 1,845), 2.67% 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.

**As more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for this report, the number of hospitalized patients may actually be higher.

***An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from April 8 - May 8, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 cases in Ontario from April 8 – May 8, 2021. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from April 8 - May 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of tests completed, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario from April 8 – May 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of tests completed, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from April 8 - May 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day rolling average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions in Ontario from April 8 – May 8, 2021. The red line is the daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of hospitalizations, the purple line is the daily number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs, and the dotted orange line is a five-day rolling average of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from April 8 - May 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 deaths in Ontario from April 8 – May 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily deaths, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of daily deaths. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from April 8 - May 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Ontario from April 8 – May 8, 2021. The red line is the cumulative number of daily doses administered, and the dotted green line is a five-day rolling average of daily doses. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

 

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.