Peterborough Public Health raises COVID-19 risk level from ‘very high’ to ‘high’

On Wednesday, Peterborough Public Health reduced the COVID-19 Community Risk Index level to high after being at the highest level for several weeks.

The health unit reported four new hospitalized cases as well as a new outbreak on Wednesday.

Peterborough Regional Health Center saw 25 patients with the virus on Wednesday, up from 22 on Tuesday, and has outbreaks in units A4, B5 and C1.

There are 10 other active institutional outbreaks in the jurisdiction.

117 new cases confirmed by PCR test since Monday were reported on Wednesday. Confirmed assets rose to 315 from 240 on Monday.

The jurisdiction of the city and county of Peterborough now has 7,170 cumulative confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 6,784 resolved and 71 previous deaths.

Reported cases are considered an underestimate of the total number of true cases now that the PCR test is limited to people from a high-risk background or people with moderate symptoms if they go through their family doctor (more details are at There have been countless cases in schools, daycares, group residences and in the public.

New case hospitalized in the city of Kawartha Lakes

A new hospitalized case of COVID-19 in Northumberland County was reported Wednesday by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

The health unit reported 26 new PCR-confirmed cases in the city of Kawartha Lakes, 15 in Northumberland County and seven in Haliburton County since Monday, but other cases have been resolved, resulting in 136 active confirmed cases, up from 183 on Monday.


Peterborough Public Health has COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Healthy Planet Arena at 911 Monaghan Rd. in Peterborough Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. a.m. and May 11 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upcoming clinics in the county include Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Norwood Community Center at 88 Alma Street and May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cavan Monaghan Community Center at 986 County Road 10.

Walk-in service is no longer available at these clinics. Appointments can also be made online at

Special walk-in clinics are available for pediatric doses for children ages 5-11 at the Healthy Planet Arena on Monday and May 13 from 3-6 p.m.

Residents age 60 and older are eligible for a fourth dose if they received their third dose at least three months ago. Fourth dose boosters are also available for immunocompromised individuals.

Masks are still required at health unit vaccination clinics.

Doses are also available at some pharmacies, usually by appointment.

As of Wednesday, 123,735 residents (84%) had received at least one dose, 119,668 had received at least two doses (81%) and 79,383 had received three doses (54%).

Rapid test kits

The Ontario government continues to distribute free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits weekly, available while supplies last and while supplies last, with one box of five tests per household per visit .

The provincial government is continuing the distribution until July 31.

Participating locations in Peterborough include Brookdale IDA Pharmacy, Charlotte Care Pharmacy, Costco Pharmacy, Lansdowne Pharmacy, Loblaw Pharmacies at Superstore, Your Independent Grocery and George Street No Frills Store, Metro, Pharmasave The Clinic Pharmacy, Rexalls on George Street and Chemong Road, the Sherbrooke Heights Pharmacy, the two Shoppers Drug Marts on Lansdowne Street West as well as Chemong Road and Charlotte Street, the two Sobeys stores on Towerhill Road and Lansdowne Street West, The Medicine Shopper and the two Walmarts on Chemong Road and Lansdowne Street West.

Martin E. Berry