Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 1,890 new cases today, with 5 of Ontario’s 34 health units reporting triple-digit case increases. The seven-day average of daily cases has decreased to 2,064 and the proportion of active cases has fallen for the 32nd straight day.
Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have decreased but the number of patients has risen. Ontario is reporting 27 new deaths, including 1 in a long-term care home.
A record number of doses of vaccine were administered yesterday and a record number of Ontarians received their second dose of vaccine yesterday. Almost 53% of Ontario’s total population has now received at least one dose of vaccine.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 47 new cases to report (including 19 in Kawartha Lakes for the second day in a row, 15 in Peterborough, 9 in Northumberland, and 4 in Hastings Prince Edward) with an additional 34 cases resolved. Active cases have climbed by 12 to 272, with a large increase in Kawartha Lakes and a smaller increase in Northumberland. The number of active cases in Peterborough remains unchanged and active cases have decreased in Hastings Prince Edward and Haliburton. See below for details from each health unit.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (469), Peel (468), York (165), Hamilton (111), and Durham (107).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Middlesex-London (71), Halton (70), Ottawa (62), Porcupine (58), Waterloo (48), Simcoe Muskoka (43), Niagara (34), Windsor-Essex (31), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (26), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (22), Southwestern (15), Huron Perth (11), Lambton (10), and Brant (10), with smaller increases in Eastern Ontario (7), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (7), Northwestern (6), North Bay Parry Sound (6), and Grey Bruce (6).
The remaining 10 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 4 health units reporting only 1 case and 1 health unit (Timiskaming) reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 63% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (801) among people ages 20-39 followed by 468 cases among people ages 40-59 and 397 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,689 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 94.1% — the 32nd straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.2% to 5.4%, meaning that 54 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 20.
Ontario is reporting 27 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 1 new death in a long-term care home. Ontario has averaged 21 new daily deaths over the past week (no change from yesterday).
Hospitalizations have decreased by 55 to 1,265, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs declining by 6 to 715 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators rising by 17 to 510.
A total of 37,126 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 751 to 19,891.
A total of 7,735,148 doses of vaccine have now been administered, a record increase of 158,524 from yesterday, and 495,757 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, a record increase of 21,998 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 3.36% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.14% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 52.50% of the total population, an increase of 1.08% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 47 new cases to report, including 19 in Kawartha Lakes, 15 in Peterborough, 9 in Northumberland, and 4 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
An Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough was declared on May 21, based on 1 positive resident case linked to a staff member who had tested positive.
There are 21 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 14 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Hastings Prince Edward, 1 in Peterborough, and 1 in Northumberland.
An additional 34 cases have been resolved, including 15 in Peterborough, 12 in Hastings Prince Edward, 3 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton. An outbreak at Dairy Queen in Lindsay has been declared resolved. An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Belleville was declared resolved on May 20. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Belleville was declared resolved on May 21.
There are currently 272 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, an increase of 12 from yesterday, including 109 in Peterborough, 74 in Kawartha Lakes, 48 in Hastings Prince Edward (13 in Quinte West, 14 in Belleville, 2 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 4 in Prince Edward County, 12 in Central Hastings, and 3 in North Hastings), 37 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,443 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,316 resolved with 18 deaths), 876 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (759 resolved with 56 deaths), 897 in Northumberland County (843 resolved with 17 deaths), 118 in Haliburton County (113 resolved with 1 death), and 1,089 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (1,030 resolved with 11 deaths). The two most recent deaths were reported in Northumberland and Hastings Prince Edward on May 20.
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: 1,443 (increase of 15)
Total variants of concern cases: 621 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 109 (no change)
Close contacts: 380 (increase of 6)
Deaths: 18 (no change)
Resolved: 1,316 (increase of 15)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 63 (no change)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 14 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 51,850 (increase of 150)
Total vaccine doses administered (residents and non-residents): 69,989 (increase of 3,944 as of May 20)
Number of residents who have received first dose: 64,199 (increase of 3,675 as of May 20)
Number of residents fully vaccinated: 4,852 (increase of 277 as of May 20)
Outbreaks: Unidentified congregate living facility #3 in the City of Peterborough, Helping Hands Day Care in Peterborough County, Unidentified workplace #9 in Peterborough County, Unidentified workplace #10 in Peterborough County, Peterborough Day Care Centre in the City of Peterborough, Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough (increase of 1)**
*As of May 20, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 7 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1) and a total of 75 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).
**An Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough was declared on May 21, based on 1 positive resident case linked to a staff member who had tested positive.
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: 1,891, including 876 in Kawartha Lakes, 897 in Northumberland, and 118 in Haliburton (increase of 28, including 19 in Kawartha Lakes and 9 in Northumberland)*
Total variants of concern cases: 571, including 246 in Kawartha Lakes, 292 in Northumberland, and 33 in Haliburton (increase of 15, including 14 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 115, including 74 in Kawartha Lakes, 37 in Northumberland, and 4 in Haliburton (net increase of 20, including 15 in Kawartha Lakes and 6 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: None (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 70, including 36 in Kawartha Lakes, 31 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (no change)**
Deaths (including among probable cases): 74, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 17 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,715, including 759 in Kawartha Lakes, 843 in Northumberland, and 113 in Haliburton (increase of 7, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton)
Tests completed: 190,439 (increase of 591)
Vaccine doses administered to residents: 85,785 (increase of 6,353 as of May 17)
Number of residents fully vaccinated: 4,877 (increase of 415 as of May 17)
Outbreaks: OPP Offender Transport Lindsay, Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Campbellford Farm Supply LTD (decrease 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 21, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 3 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 1).
***An outbreak at Dairy Queen in Lindsay has been declared resolved.
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: 1,089 (increase of 4)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 450 (increase of 5)
Active cases: 48 (decrease of 8)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 12 (decrease of 3)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 6 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 6 (no change)
Resolved: 1,030 (increase of 12)
Tests completed: 139,872 (increase of 1)
Vaccine doses administered: 81,844 (increase of 2,291)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 6,606 (increase of 296)
Outbreaks: Quinte 5 at QHC Belleville General Hospital, Unidentified workplace in Central Hastings, Community outbreak in Hastings Highlands in North Hastings (decrease of 2)*
*An outbreak at an unidentified child care facility in Belleville was declared resolved on May 20. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Belleville was declared resolved on May 21.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 518,980 (increase of 1,890)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 115,799 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 1,230); 691 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 7); 2,142 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 53)
VOC R(t): 0.83 (decrease of 0.01 as of May 16)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 2,064 (decrease of 67)
Positivity rate: 5.4% (increase of 0.2%)
Resolved: 488,201 (increase of 2,689), 94.1% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 1,265 (decrease of 55)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 715 (decrease of 6)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 510 (increase of 17)
Deaths: 8,579 (increase of 27)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 21 (no change)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,945 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 14,938,913 (increase of 37,126)
Tests under investigation: 19,891 (decrease of 751)
Vaccination doses administered: 7,735,148 (increase of 158,524), 52.50% of Ontario’s population (increase of 1.08%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 495,757 (increase of 21,998), 3.36% of Ontario’s population (increase of 0.14%)**
*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.