Here’s an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as in the greater Kawarthas region.
Ontario is reporting 1,033 new cases today, the lowest daily increase since February 17 when 1,038 cases were reported. For the second day in a row, only Toronto and Peel are reporting triple-digit increases. The seven-day average of daily cases has fallen to 1,154 and the proportion of active cases has decreased for the 41st straight day.
Hospitalizations have decreased significantly, but more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for today’s report so the actual number may be higher. Both ICU admissions and ventilated patients continue to decline. Ontario is reporting 18 new deaths, with 1 death in a long-term care home.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 3 new cases to report in Peterborough, which is also reporting its 21st COVID-related death. There are no new cases in Hastings Prince Edward, and numbers are unavailable on Sundays for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton. With 9 additional cases resolved in Peterborough and Hastings Prince Edward, the number of active cases across the region has decreased by 7 to 248. See below for details from each regional health unit.
Most of the new cases reported today are in Toronto (237) and Peel (214).
There are double-digit increases reported today in York (80), Hamilton (59), Durham (54), Porcupine (51), Ottawa (50), Waterloo (37), Simcoe Muskoka (31), Halton (30), Middlesex-London (20), Windsor-Essex (20), Thunder Bay (19), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (18), Southwestern (17), Niagara (16), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (16), Brant (11), and Renfrew (10), with smaller increases in Huron Perth (9), Haldimand-Norfolk (9), Lambton (8), Sudbury (6), and Peterborough (6).
The remaining 10 health units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 6 health units reporting no new cases at all.
Of today’s new cases, 63% are among people 39 and younger, with the highest number of cases (427) among people ages 20-39 followed by 269 cases among people ages 40-59 and 227 cases among people 19 and under.
With 2,067 more cases resolved since yesterday, the percentage of resolved cases has increased by 0.2% to at 95.8% — the 41st straight day the percentage of resolved cases has increased. The average positivity rate across Ontario has increased by 0.6% to 4.2%, meaning that 42 out of every 1,000 tests performed were positive for COVID-19 on May 29.
Ontario is reporting 18 new COVID-19 deaths today, with 1 new death in a long-term care home. The seven-day average of daily deaths has increased by 1 to 19.
Hospitalizations have decreased by 185 from yesterday to 749, but more than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for today’s report so the actual number may be higher. The number of patients with COVID-19 in ICUs has decreased by 12 to 614 and the number of patients with COVID-19 on ventilators has decreased by 21 to 417.
A total of 26,565 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tests under investigation decreasing by 5,943 to 8,735.
A total of 8,984,278 doses of vaccine have now been administered, an increase of 144,833 from yesterday, and 687,894 people have been fully vaccinated with both doses of vaccine, an increase of 28,755 from yesterday.
The number of fully vaccinated people represents 4.67% of Ontario’s population, an increase of 0.20% from yesterday, with fully and partially vaccinated people representing 60.98% of the total population, an increase of .098% from yesterday. An estimated 70-90% of the population must be immunized to achieve herd immunity.
In the greater Kawarthas region, there are 3 new cases to report in Peterborough. An outbreak at Riverview Manor long-term care home in Peterborough was declared on May 30.
There are no new cases in Hastings Prince Edward. Numbers of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton are unavailable as that health unit does not issue updates on Sundays.
Peterborough is reporting 1 new death, the region’s 21st COVID-related death since the pandemic began. There is 1 new hospitalization in Peterborough.
There are 11 new regional cases of variants of concern, including 6 in Peterborough and 5 in Hastings Prince Edward.
An additional 9 cases have been resolved, including 6 in Peterborough and 3 in Hastings Prince Edward.
There are currently 248 active cases in the greater Kawarthas region, a decrease of 7 since yesterday, including 140 in Kawartha Lakes, 59 in Peterborough, 25 in Hastings Prince Edward (4 in Quinte West, 5 in Belleville, 4 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, 4 in Prince Edward County, 3 in Central Hastings, and 5 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 1,498 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area (1,418 resolved with 21 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 (1,084 resolved with 11 deaths). The most recent death was reported in Peterborough on May 30.
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: 1,498 (increase of 3)
Total variants of concern cases: 681 (increase of 6)
Active cases: 59 (decrease of 4)
Close contacts: 161 (decrease of 4)
Deaths: 21 (increase of 1)
Resolved: 1,418 (increase of 6)
Hospitalizations (total to date): 68 (increase of 1)*
ICU admissions (total to date): 15 (no change)
Total tests completed: Over 52,450 (increase of 150)
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, Riverview Manor long-term care home in Peterborough (increase of 1)**
*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 Riverview Manor long-term care home in Peterborough was declared on May 30.
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. These numbers are for May 29.
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 (no change)
Confirmed variants of concern cases: 489 (increase of 5)
Active cases: 25 (decrease of 3)
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: 1,084 (increase of 3)
Tests completed: 145,264 (increase of 1,077)
Vaccine doses administered: 94,315 (increase of 1,908)
Number of people fully vaccinated: 7,658 (increase of 114)
Outbreaks: None (no change)
Province of Ontario
Confirmed positive: 530,543 (increase of 1,033)
COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) cases: 125,035 of B.1.1.7 UK variant (increase of 863); 947 of B.1.351 South Africa variant (increase of 21); 2,814 of P.1 Brazilian variant (increase of 20)
VOC R(t): 0.72 (decrease of 0.02 as of May 24)*
7-day average of daily new cases: 1,154 (decrease of 94)
Positivity rate: 4.2% (increase of 0.6%)
Resolved: 508,428 (increase of 2,067), 95.8% of all cases (increase of 0.2%)
Hospitalizations: 749 (decrease of 185)**
Hospitalizations in ICU: 614 (decrease of 12)
Hospitalizations in ICU on ventilator: 417 (decrease of 21)
Deaths: 8,744 (increase of 18)
7-day average of daily new deaths: 19 (increase of 1)
Deaths of residents in long-term care homes: 3,950 (increase of 1)
Total tests completed: 15,204,427 (increase of 26,565)
Tests under investigation: 8,735 (decrease of 5,943)
Vaccination doses administered: 8,984,278 (increase of 144,833), 60.98% of Ontario’s total population (increase of 0.98%)***
People fully vaccinated (two doses): 687,894 (increase of 28,755), 4.67% 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.
**More than 10% of hospitals did not submit data for this report, so the actual number of hospitalizations may be higher.
***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.