Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 1,057 new cases today, the lowest daily increase since February 21 when 1,058 cases were reported. Only 2 of Ontario’s 34 health units (Toronto and Peel) are reporting triple-digit increases. The seven-day average of daily cases has fallen to 1,248 and the proportion of active cases has decreased for the 40th straight day.
Hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ventilated patients have all declined. Ontario is reporting 15 new deaths, with no deaths in long-term care homes (2 deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 have been removed from the count).
With over 8.8 million vaccine doses administered, 60% 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 almost 4.5% of the entire population now fully vaccinated.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 10 new cases to report (including 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Peterborough, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward) and an additional 36 cases resolved. The number of active cases across the region has decreased by 27 to 255, with active cases decreasing in every health unit. See below for details from each individual health unit.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (228) and Peel (178).
There are double-digit increases reported today in York (82), Hamilton (71), Ottawa (64), Waterloo (58), Durham (54), Simcoe Muskoka (45), Porcupine (43), Middlesex-London (41), Halton (37), Windsor-Essex (31), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (23), Niagara (22), Brant (17), Huron Perth (15), and Eastern Ontario (11), with smaller increases in Haldimand-Norfolk (6).
The remaining 16 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 4 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 64% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (436) among people ages 20-39 followed by 255 cases among people ages 40-59 and 243 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,057 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 95.6% — the 40th straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.2% to 3.6%, meaning that 36 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 28.
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 0.02 to 0.72. To successfully eliminate a disease from a population, this number needs to remain less than 1.
Ontario is reporting 15 new COVID-19 deaths today, with no new deaths in long-term care homes (2 deaths previously attributed to COVID-19 have been removed from the count). The seven-day average of daily deaths has decreased by 1 to 18.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 89 from yesterday to 934, with the number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs decreasing by 19 to 626 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators decreasing by 20 to 438.
A total of 33,559 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 1,324 to 14,678.
A total of 8,839,445 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 148,972 from yesterday, and 659,139 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, a record increase of 34,219 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 4.47% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.23% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 60% of the total population, an increase of 1.01% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 10 new cases to report, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes, 3 in Peterborough, 2 in Northumberland, and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward. There are no new cases in Haliburton.
An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Peterborough was declared on May 28.
There are 5 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 in Hastings Prince Edward.
An additional 36 cases have been resolved, including 22 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Peterborough, 5 in Hastings Prince Edward, and 3 in Northumberland. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace in Peterborough County was declared resolved on May 29.
There are currently 255 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 27 since yesterday, including 140 in Kawartha Lakes, 63 in Peterborough, 28 in Hastings Prince Edward (6 in Quinte West, 5 in Belleville, 4 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 4 in Prince Edward County, 3 in Central Hastings, and 6 in North Hastings), and 24 in Northumberland. There are no active cases in Haliburton.
Since the pandemic began in the greater Kawarthas region, there have been 1,495 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,412 resolved with 20 deaths), 995 in the City of Kawartha Lakes (812 resolved with 56 deaths), 916 in Northumberland County (875 resolved with 17 deaths), 118 in Haliburton County (117 resolved with 1 death), and 1,120 in Hastings and Prince Edward counties (1,081 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: 1,495 (increase of 2)*
Total variants of concern cases: 675 (no change)
Active cases: 63 (decrease of 4)
Close contacts: 165 (decrease of 17)
Deaths: 20 (no change)
Resolved: 1,412 (increase of 6)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 67 (no change)**
ICU admissions (total to date): 15 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 52,400 (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 #10 in Peterborough County, Fairhaven long-term care home in Peterborough, Unidentified workplace #11 in Peterborough (no net change)***
*The health unit is reporting 3 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total case count has increased by 2 because 1 case has been removed from 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).
***An outbreak at an unidentified workplace (#11) in Peterborough was declared on May 28. An outbreak at an unidentified workplace #9 in Peterborough County was declared resolved on May 29.
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: 2,029, including 995 in Kawartha Lakes, 916 in Northumberland, and 118 in Haliburton (increase of 6, including 4 in Kawartha Lakes and 2 in Northumberland)*
Total variants of concern cases: 706, including 354 in Kawartha Lakes, 319 in Northumberland, and 33 in Haliburton (increase of 4 in Kawartha Lakes)
Active cases: 164, including 140 in Kawartha Lakes, 24 in Northumberland, and 0 in Haliburton (decrease of 19, including 18 in Kawartha Lakes and 1 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 (no change)**
Deaths (including among probable cases): 74, including 56 in Kawartha Lakes, 17 in Northumberland, and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Resolved: 1,804, including 812 in Kawartha Lakes, 875 in Northumberland, and 117 in Haliburton (increase of 25, including 22 in Kawartha Lakes and 3 in Northumberland)
Tests completed: 193,796 (increase of 508)
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 (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 28, 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: 1,120 (increase of 1)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 484 (increase of 1)
Active cases: 28 (decrease of 4)
Deaths: 11 (no change)
Currently hospitalized: 6 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU: 3 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in ICU on ventilator: 1 (no change)
Resolved: 1,081 (increase of 5)
Tests completed: 142,929 (no change)
Vaccine doses administered: 93,238 (increase of 1,908)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 7,544 (increase of 132)
Outbreaks: None (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 529,510 (increase of 1,057)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 124,172 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 986); 945 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 31); 2,794 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 178)
VOC R(t): 0.72 (decrease of 0.02 as of May 24)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,248 (decrease of 105)
Positivity rate: 3.6% (increase of 0.2%)
Resolved: 506,361 (increase of 2,057), 95.6% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 934 (decrease of 89)
Hospitalizations in ICU: 626 (decrease of 19)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 438 (decrease of 20)
Deaths: 8,726 (increase of 15)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 18 (decrease of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,949 (decrease of 2)
Total tests completed: 15,177,862 (increase of 33,559)
Tests under investigation: 14,678 (decrease of 1,324)
Vaccination doses administered: 8,839,445 (increase of 148,972), 60.00% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 1.01%)**
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 659,139 (increase of 34,219), 4.47% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 0.23%)**
*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.