Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Today, Ontario is reporting 1,135 new cases, with only 2 of Ontario’s 34 health units (Toronto and Peel) reporting triple-digit increases. The seven-day average of daily cases has fallen to 1,441 and the proportion of active cases has decreased for the 38th straight day.
There has been a small decrease in hospitalizations and a larger decrease in ICU admissions and patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 19 new deaths, including 1 in a long-term care home.
With over 8.5 million vaccine doses administered, almost 58% of Ontario’s total population has now received at least one dose of vaccine. A record number of people received their second dose yesterday, with over 4% of the entire population now fully vaccinated.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 18 new cases to report (including 7 in Hastings Prince Edward, 6 in Peterborough, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland) and an additional 30 cases resolved. There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Peterborough, the region’s 20th death.
The net number of active cases across the region has decreased by 16 to 283, with active cases decreasing everywhere except Hastings Prince Edward, which saw 1 additional active case. See below for details from each individual health unit.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (316) and Peel (271).
There are double-digit increases reported today in York (75), Hamilton (66), Simcoe Muskoka (47), Halton (46), Waterloo (44), Ottawa (37), Porcupine (36), Middlesex-London (35), Durham (25), Windsor-Essex (24), Niagara (22), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (16), and Brant (14), with smaller increases in Sudbury (9), Hastings Prince Edward (9), Southwestern (9), and Northwestern (6).
The remaining 15 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 2 health units (Timiskaming and Renfrew) reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 63% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (501) among people ages 20-39 followed by 288 cases among people ages 40-59 and 209 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,302 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 95.2% — the 38th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has fallen 1.7% to 3.6%, meaning that 36 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 26.
The effective reproduction number of the COVID-19 variants, which is the average number of new infections caused by a single infected individual at a specific time in a partially immunized population, has decreased by 0.04 to 0.79. To successfully eliminate a disease from a population, this number needs to remain less than 1.
Ontario is reporting 19 new COVID-19 deaths today, including 1 death in a long-term care home, with the seven-day average of daily deaths remaining unchanged at to 21.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 1 from yesterday to 1,072, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 22 to 650 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 17 to 452.
A total of 24,008 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation increasing by 4,550 to 23,068.
A total of 8,530,698 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 143,748 from yesterday, and 594,854 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, a record increase of 25,537 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 4.04% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.18% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 57.90% of the total 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 18 new cases to report, including 7 in Hastings Prince Edward, 6 in Peterborough, 4 in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 in Northumberland. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
There has been 1 new COVID-related death in Peterborough, the region’s 20th death. There is 1 new hospitalization in Kawartha Lakes.
There are 9 new regional cases of variants of concern in Peterborough.
An additional 30 cases have been resolved, including 13 in Peterborough, 7 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Northumberland, and 5 in Hastings Prince Edward. An outbreak at an unidentified congregate living facility #3 in the City of Peterborough was declared resolved on May 26. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Belleville was declared resolved on May 27.
There are currently 283 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 16 since yesterday, including 136 in Kawartha Lakes, 80 in Peterborough, 38 in Hastings Prince Edward (8 in Quinte West, 8 in Belleville, 5 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 4 in Prince Edward County, 6 in Central Hastings, and 7 in North Hastings), and 29 in Northumberland. There are no active cases in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,487 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,387 resolved with 20 deaths), 969 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (790 resolved with 56 deaths), 914 in Northumberland County (868 resolved with 17 deaths), 118 in Haliburton County (117 resolved with 1 death), and 1,118 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (1,069 resolved with 11 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on May 27.
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: 1,487 (increase of 7)*
Total variants of concern cases: 669 (increase of 9)
Active cases: 80 (decrease of 9)
Close contacts: 206 (decrease of 63)
Deaths: 20 (increase of 1)
Resolved: 1,387 (increase of 15)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 66 (no change)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 15 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 52,250 (increase of 100)
Total vaccine doses administered (residents and non-residents): 79,150 (increase of 9,161 as of May 27)
Number of residents who have received first dose: 72,120 (increase of 7,921 as of May 27)
Number of residents fully vaccinated: 6,659 (increase of 1,807 as of May 20)
Outbreaks: Unidentified workplace #9 in Peterborough County, Unidentified workplace #10 in Peterborough County, Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough (decrease of 1)**
The health unit is reporting 6 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has increased by 7 because 1 case has been added to a previous day.
*As of May 27, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 9 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (decrease of 2) and a total of 76 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).
**An outbreak at an unidentified congregate living facility #3 in the City of Peterborough was declared resolved on May 26.
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: 2,001, including 969 in Kawartha Lakes, 914 in Northumberland, and 118 in Haliburton (increase of 5, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Northumberland)*
Total variants of concern cases: 680, including 334 in Kawartha Lakes, 312 in Northumberland, and 33 in Haliburton (no change)
Active cases: 165, including 136 in Kawartha Lakes, 29 in Northumberland, and 0 in Haliburton (decrease of 8, including 3 in Kawartha Lakes and 5 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 73, including 39 in Kawartha Lakes, 31 in Northumberland, and 3 in Haliburton (increase of 1 in Kawartha Lakes)**
Deaths (including among probable cases): 74, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 17 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,775, including 790 in Kawartha Lakes, 868 in Northumberland, and 117 in Haliburton (increase of 12, including 7 in Kawartha Lakes and 5 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 191,761 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered to residents: 95,921 (increase of 10,136 as of May 25)
Number of residents fully vaccinated: 7,335 (increase of 2,458 as of May 25)
Outbreaks: Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Campbellford Farm Supply LTD (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 27, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 3 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change).
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: 1,118 (increase of 7)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 469 (no change)
Active cases: 38 (increase of 1)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 6 (decrease of 4)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 2 (decrease of 2)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 1 (decrease of 2)
Resolved: 1,069 (increase of 5)
Tests completed: 142,929 (increase of 3)
Vaccine doses administered: 89,027 (increase of 2,076)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 7,133 (increase of 251)
Outbreaks: None (decrease of 1)*
*An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Belleville was declared resolved on May 27.
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 527,180 (increase of 1,135)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 122,349 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 1,227); 840 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 4); 2,544 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 39)
VOC R(t): 0.79 (decrease of 0.04 as of May 22)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,441 (decrease of 181)
Positivity rate: 3.6% (decrease of 1.7%)
Resolved: 501,942 (increase of 2,302 ), 95.2% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 1,072 (decrease of 1)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 650 (decrease of 22)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 452 (decrease of 17)
Deaths: 8,697 (increase of 19)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 21 (no change)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,951 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 15,103,437 (increase of 37,705)
Tests under investigation: 23,068 (increase of 4,550)
Vaccination doses administered: 8,530,698 (increase of 143,748), 57.90% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 0.98%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 594,854 (increase of 25,537), 4.04% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 0.18%)**
*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.