The Peterborough area has recorded 86 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, with no new deaths, according to Wednesday’s weekly report.
Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Peterborough Public Health has recorded 8,311 cases and 92 deaths in the city, county, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.
There are currently 255 active cases.
Testing isn’t as common as it was at the start of the pandemic, so the health unit notes that results may be underrepresentative of actual numbers in the community.
Health workers are measuring the numbers in part by testing for COVID-19 in stool samples taken from local sewage at five locations – Havelock, Norwood, Lakefield, Peterborough and Millbrook.
“The data so far has mostly aligned with increases and decreases in COVID-19 cases and has proven to be a useful tool in detecting the presence of the virus,” says PPH. “Concentrations of COVID-19 in wastewater are not comparable between sampling sites due to differences in populations served and sanitation systems.”
The Community Risk Index is currently moderate, meaning masks are recommended for indoor public spaces and social gatherings should be limited to 25 people or fewer.
There are eight active institutional outbreaks in the region. These include Fairhaven, Kawartha Heights Retirement Living, Pleasant Meadow Manor, Riverview Manor and Springdale Country Manor long-term care homes. Other outbreaks are ongoing at the Peterborough Regional Health Center and two group residences in the city.
Institutional outbreaks are defined as two or more cases in a 14-day period where at least one case could have been acquired at the facility.
As of Wednesday, 367,651 doses of vaccine have been administered locally. Of these, 124,432 people received one dose, 120,215 received two, 80,897 received three and 27,736 received four.
Walk-in vaccinations are available in Peterborough Square Units 36 and 37 (lower level). The clinic is operated by Peterborough Public Health.
People who make an appointment will have priority service. Appointments can be booked online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.
Pediatric early dose walk-in clinics for children six months to five years old will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. .
Walk-in Pediatric Dose Clinics for children ages 5-11 are scheduled Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Walk-in clinics for ages 12 and up are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wearing a mask is compulsory in clinics.
Some local pharmacies also offer vaccinations by appointment.
The fourth dose is offered to all adults 18 years and older who received their third injection at least five months ago.