Peterborough records 80th COVID-19 death but community risk index lowered to low by health unit

Peterborough Public Health on Wednesday lowered its community risk index for COVID-19 to low from moderate, citing still-low deaths and hospitalizations and “very weak” signs of the virus from sewage monitoring.

A new death linked to COVID-19 since last Wednesday, a man in his 60s who was vaccinated, was reported on Wednesday along with 38 new cases confirmed by PCR test and one new hospitalized case.

This is the 80 COVID-19 related death for the jurisdiction since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Active confirmed cases are now at 166, up from 174 a week ago.

A new outbreak of COVID-19 has been declared at Canterbury Gardens Retirement Residence while ongoing institutional outbreaks continue at Extendicare Peterborough and Centennial Place Harvest House.

The Peterborough Regional Health Center received four patients with the virus on Wednesday, up from five on Tuesday.

Active cases are on the rise for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, which has reported 26 new PCR test-confirmed cases in Northumberland County, 21 in Haliburton County and 10 in the City of Kawartha Lakes since a week Wednesday, resulting in 60 active cases, up from 39 a week ago. The jurisdiction recorded one new hospitalized case but no new deaths over the past week and also has three institutional outbreaks.

Vaccination

Peterborough Public Health had administered 355,050 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday, with 123,802 residents (84%) having received at least one dose, 119,815 (81%) having received at least two doses, 79,844 having received at least one dose. least three doses (54 percent) and 17,700 (12 percent) received four doses (anyone 60 years of age or older, or any First Nations, Inuit, or Métis adult 18 years of age or older and non-Indigenous members of their household are so far eligible for the fourth dose).

The Health Unit Immunization Clinic has moved from the Healthy Planet Arena to the Peterborough Public Health Offices in the Jackson Square Building at 185 King Street in downtown Peterborough, with clinics beginning Monday.

Eligible people ages 12 and older can receive adult doses Monday, Tuesday and June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while eligible children ages 5 to 11 can receive pediatric doses Monday, Tuesday and June 17. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Walk-in service is no longer available. Appointments can be made online at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-book/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Masks are mandatory in clinics.

Some local pharmacies also offer doses, usually by appointment.

Martin E. Berry