Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Today, Ontario is reporting 1,273 new cases, with 3 of Ontario’s 34 health units (Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa) reporting triple-digit increases. The seven-day average of daily cases has fallen to 1,353 and the proportion of active cases has decreased for the 39th straight day.
Both hospitalizations and ICU admissions have decreased, with a small increase in the number of patients on ventilators. Ontario is reporting 14 new deaths, with no deaths in long-term care homes.
With over 8.6 million vaccine doses administered, 59% 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 4.2% of the entire population now fully vaccinated.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 29 new cases to report (including 23 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Peterborough, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward) and an additional 30 cases resolved. The net number of active cases across the region has decreased by 1 to 282, with active cases decreasing everywhere except Kawartha Lakes, which saw a jump of 22 active cases. See below for details from each individual health unit.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (269), Peel (268), and Ottawa (101).
There are double-digit increases reported today in Hamilton (78), Durham (72), York (56), Niagara (55), Halton (51), Waterloo (46), Middlesex-London (39), Simcoe Muskoka (28), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (27), Windsor-Essex (25), Porcupine (22), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (22), Thunder Bay (16), Brant (15), Peterborough (14), Lambton (13), and Huron Perth (12), with smaller increases in Hastings Prince Edward (8), and Haldimand-Norfolk (7).
The remaining 12 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 health units (Northwestern, Timiskaming, and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington) reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 62% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (544) among people ages 20-39 followed by 325 cases among people ages 40-59 and 249 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,362 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 95.4% — the 39th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has decreased by 0.2% to 3.4%, meaning that 34 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 27.
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 0.05 to 0.74. To successfully eliminate a disease from a population, this number needs to remain less than 1.
Ontario is reporting 14 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes. The seven-day average of daily deaths has decreased by 2 to 19.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 49 from yesterday to 1,023, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 5 to 645 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators increasing by 6 to 458.
A total of 40,866 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 7,066 to 16,002.
A total of 8,690,473 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 159,775 from yesterday, and 624,920 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, a record increase of 30,066 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 4.24% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.20% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 58.99% 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 29 new cases to report, including 23 in Kawartha Lakes, 5 in Peterborough, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Northumberland or Haliburton. An outbreak at Medi-Share Inc. in Lindsay was declared on May 27.
There has been 1 new hospitalization in Peterborough, 1 new hospitalization in Kawartha Lakes, and 1 new ICU admission in Hastings Prince Edward.
There are 42 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 16 in Kawartha Lakes, 14 in Hastings Prince Edward, 6 in Northumberland, and 6 in Peterborough.
An additional 30 cases have been resolved, including 19 in Peterborough, 7 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 4 in Northumberland.
There are currently 282 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 1 since yesterday, including 158 in Kawartha Lakes, 67 in Peterborough, 32 in Hastings Prince Edward (7 in Quinte West, 6 in Belleville, 4 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 4 in Prince Edward County, 4 in Central Hastings, and 7 in North Hastings), and 25 in Northumberland. There are no active cases in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,493 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,406 resolved with 20 deaths), 991 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (790 resolved with 56 deaths), 914 in Northumberland County (872 resolved with 17 deaths), 118 in Haliburton County (117 resolved with 1 death), and 1,119 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (1,076 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: 1,493 (increase of 6)*
Total variants of concern cases: 675 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 67 (decrease of 13)
Close contacts: 182 (decrease of 24)
Deaths: 20 (no change)
Resolved: 1,406 (increase of 19)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 67 (increase of 1)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 15 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 52,300 (increase of 50)
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 (no change)
The health unit is reporting 5 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has increased by 6 because 1 case has been added to a previous day.
*As of May 28, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is reporting 9 patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change) and a total of 76 patients transferred from other areas as a result of a provincial directive (no change).
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: 2,023, including 991 in Kawartha Lakes, 914 in Northumberland, and 118 in Haliburton (increase of 23 in Kawartha Lakes)*
Total variants of concern cases: 702, including 350 in Kawartha Lakes, 319 in Northumberland, and 33 in Haliburton (increase of 22, including 16 in Kawartha Lakes and 6 in Northumberland)
Active cases: 183, including 158 in Kawartha Lakes, 25 in Northumberland, and 0 in Haliburton (net increase of 18, including increase of 22 in Kawartha Lakes and decrease of 4 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 1 in Kawartha Lakes (no change)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 74, including 40 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: 1,779, including 790 in Kawartha Lakes, 872 in Northumberland, and 117 in Haliburton (increase of 4 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 193,288 (increase of 1,527)
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, Medi-Share Inc. 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 28, Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay reports 3 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (no change).
***An outbreak at Medi-Share Inc. in Lindsay was declared on May 27.
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: 1,119 (increase of 1)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 483 (increase of 14)
Active cases: 32 (decrease of 6)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 6 (decrease of 4)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 3 (increase of 1)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 1 (no change)
Resolved: 1,076 (increase of 7)
Tests completed: 142,929 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 91,330 (increase of 2,303)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 7,412 (increase of 279)
Outbreaks: None (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 528,453 (increase of 1,273)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 123,186 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 837); 914 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 74); 2,616 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 72)
VOC R(t): 0.74 (decrease of 0.05 as of May 23)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,353 (decrease of 88)
Positivity rate: 3.4% (decrease of 0.2%)
Resolved: 504,304 (increase of 2,362), 95.4% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 1,023 (decrease of 49)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 645 (decrease of 5)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 458 (increase of 6)
Deaths: 8,711 (increase of 14)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 19 (decrease of 2)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,951 (no change)
Total tests completed: 15,144,303 (increase of 40,866)
Tests under investigation: 16,002 (decrease of 7,066)
Vaccination doses administered: 8,690,473 (increase of 159,775), 58.99% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 1.08%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 624,920 (increase of 30,066), 4.24% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 0.20%)**
*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.