Peterborough Public Health is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon as the number of active cases saw a slight increase.

Its COVID tracker update, issued around 4:12 p.m., shows 18 active cases of COVID-19, up from 16 on Thursday. There were 21 reported on Wednesday and 26 on Tuesday.

Read more: Ontario unveils winter COVID testing strategy, to include ‘holiday blitz’

Other data from the regional health unit on Friday:

  • Outbreaks: None active. Since the pandemic began, the health unit has dealt with 340 cases associated with 58 outbreaks.
  • Cumulative confirmed cases: 1,962 since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
  • Deaths: 24 — the latest death was reported on Oct. 30.
  • Variant of concern cases: 1,152 — unchanged since Thursday’s update. The first variant case was reported on Feb. 23 and the first confirmed Delta variant case was reported on June 19.
  • Resolved cases: 1,920 — two more cases since Thursday’s update. Resolved cases make up approximately 97.8 per cent of all cases.
  • Close contacts: 122 — down from 133 reported on Thursday. People who are close contacts have to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had contact with a person infected with COVID-19.
  • Hospitalizations: 92 cases have required hospitalization since the pandemic began. Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Friday reported three active COVID-19 admission. The hospitalized cases make up approximately 4.7 per cent of all cases; 20 of the cases required the intensive care unit. ICU admissions make up one per cent of all the health unit’s cases since the pandemic’s beginnings.
  • COVID-19 exposure: 75 per cent of all cases (1,472) in the health unit’s jurisdiction are from contact with another existing case, 20.3 per cent (399 cases) are connected with community spread, 3.9 per cent (76 cases) are related to travel and 0.8 per cent (15 cases) have yet to be determined.
  • Testing: More than 64,500 people have been tested for COVID-19 — an additional 150 since Thursday’s update.
  • Enforcement: Since Oct. 1, five charges have been laid against a total of three businesses under the Reopening Ontario Act. The health unit last updated the page on Oct. 28.

School cases

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board reported one active case among its schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction — Prince of Wales Public School in Peterborough — remains unchanged since Wednesday. The school board is dealing with 21 other cases at nine other schools outside the health unit’s jurisdiction. The school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff.

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The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board reported two active cases among schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction: St.Anne Catholic Elementary School and St. Paul Catholic Elementary Schoo, both in Peterborough — remains unchanged since Wednesday. Both schools remain open. The school board is dealing with seven other cases at four other schools outside the health unit’s jurisdiction. The school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff

Trent University reported no active cases at its Peterborough and Durham campuses as of Friday afternoon, down from one active case reported Wednesday at the city campus. The university reports 96 per cent of students (up one per cent) and 97 per cent of employees (unchanged) are fully vaccinated and three per cent of students and zero per cent of staff are partially vaccinated, both unchanged.

Fleming College has not reported any cases at its Peterborough campus. The college will resume in-person classes and services in January 2022.

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Vaccination

The health unit releases its weekly vaccination rate data on Wednesdays. The latest data can be found in this Global News Peterborough story.

Read more: COVID-19: 97% of Peterborough city employees compliant with vaccination policy

Upcoming vaccination clinics include:

  • Nov. 22-26: Healthy Planet Arena on Monaghan Rd. in Peterborough, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

All testing and medical assessments for COVID-19 in Peterborough are now consolidated at Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s assessment centre at 1 Hospital Dr. Appointments must be booked online.

A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to eligible recipients. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario government’s website.

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