COVID-19: Peterborough’s risk index remains ‘very high’ with 2 new deaths and record number of hospitalized cases – Peterborough

For the second week in a row, the Peterborough Public Health Department community risk index for COVID-19 remains at “very high risk” on Wednesday after two more deaths and hospitalized cases that exceeded those reached during the peak of the Omicron wave in January.

On April 20, the community risk index was again at “very high risk”, the same as that reported on April 13. The index is updated every Wednesday afternoon.

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The risk index uses a number of factors such as the rate of cases, hospitalizations, deaths, PCR test positivity, rapid antigen test positivity, and sewage monitoring in the jurisdiction of the health unit of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

Community Risk Index as of April 20, 2022.


Peterborough Public Health Unit


Other data reported Wednesday by the health unit COVID-19 tracker from 4 p.m. Wednesday:

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Laboratory-confirmed deaths: 67 – two more since the April 13 update – a vaccinated woman in her 80s and a vaccinated man in his 90s. On March 11, the health unit removed three deaths reported early in the pandemic from its database due to a change in provincial reporting methodology.

Active cases confirmed in the laboratory by PCR: 310 – up from 333 last reported by the health unit on April 13. The province and health unit note that the number of reported active cases is an “underestimate” due to changes to the availability of PCR testing beginning Dec. 31, 2021.

New cases confirmed by PCR: 184 since the update on Wednesday April 13.

Cumulative laboratory confirmed cases: 6,785 since the start of the pandemic.

Hospitalized cases: Peterborough Regional Health Center as of Wednesday afternoon reported 37 hospitalized patients, compared to 36 reported on Tuesday. There were 32 reported on April 13. The previous record for hospitalized patients at any given time was 35 hospitalized patients reported on January 17, 2022 and January 18 amid the Omicron wave.

The health unit reports 294 cumulative cases of hospitalization since the start of the pandemic – 13 more since the April 13 update. There have been 40 cases in an intensive care unit – one more since April 13.

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The hospital reports one patient transfer related to provincial guidelines so far in 2022.

Cases resolved: The 6,408 cumulative resolved cases represent approximately 94.4% of all laboratory-confirmed cases since the declaration of the pandemic.

The health unit only reports “high risk” outbreaks. A new outbreak was declared on April 19 at Chartwell Jackson Creek Retirement Residence. The first case of COVID-19 was detected on April 11.

There are eight other active outbreaks:

  • Peterborough Regional Health Center: Declared on April 14 on hospitalization unit C3. Details are not available.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 36) at Peterborough: Declared April 13th.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 37) at Peterborough: Declared April 13th.
  • St. John Center retirement home in Peterborough: Declared on April 12.
  • Centenary Square long-term care in Millbrook: declared on April 11. The home reports two cases – a resident and a staff member – in the Harvest House home area.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 35) at Peterborough: Declared April 8th.
  • Rubidge Retirement Residence at Peterborough: Declared April 6th.
  • Kawartha Heights Retirement Home at Peterborough: Declared April 1st.

Outbreaks declared resolved since April 13:

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  • Ease of collective living (No. 34) in Peterborough: Declared April 5, resolved April 18.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 32) in Peterborough: Declared April 4, resolved April 18.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 30) in Peterborough: Declared March 30, resolved April 15.
  • Ease of collective living (No. 33) in Peterborough: Declared April 4, resolved April 14.

The health unit reports 1,040 cumulative cases associated with 132 outbreaks since the declaration of the pandemic. There have been 87 outbreaks in the past 30 days and 24 in the past seven days.

According to the COVID-19 tracker on Wednesday, 334,287 doses have been administered since January 26, 2021 – 359 additional doses since April 13. The health unit notes the doses administered in the Peterborough area to people who do not live in its jurisdiction are counted.

  • Eligible residents (five years and older): 87.3% have a dose; 84.4% have two doses and 55.7% have three doses.
  • Adults (18 years and over): 90.1% have a dose; 88.2% have two doses and 62.8% have three doses.
  • The elderly (70 years and over): 100% receive two doses; 90.3% have three doses.
  • Youth (5 to 11 years old): 56.2% have one dose and 40.7% have two doses.
  • Youth (12 to 17 years old): 83.5% have one dose, 80.5% have two doses and 18.4% have three doses
  • Dosage: 123,692 residents received a first dose (36 more since April 13) while 119,511 residents received two doses (77 more) and 78,903 residents received a third (booster) dose (228 more).

The health unit updates the list on the health unit website clinics offering the first, second and third doses of vaccine for young people aged 12 to 17 and adults, as well as the first doses for children aged 5 to 11.

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Due to demand, the health unit will require that all appointments be made through Ontario Online Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Reservations Call Center at 1-833-943-3900.

A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccines to eligible recipients. Appointments are mandatory and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Government of Ontario website.

Testing continues at the Peterborough Regional Health Center Assessment Center at 1 Hospital Dr. More information on booking a test can be found through the COVID-19 Assessment Center. on the health unit website.

Rapid antigen tests: Pharmacies and food retailers in Peterborough and Peterborough County are offering kits. Visit the government website for updated availability.

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