Two new deaths from COVID-19 in Peterborough and a new epidemic

Two new deaths from COVID-19 as well as a new outbreak were reported Thursday by Peterborough Public Health.

One death was an unvaccinated man in her 90s while the other was a vaccinated woman in her 90s.

There have now been 32 COVID-19-related deaths in the jurisdiction since the pandemic began in March 2020.

There have been six other deaths in the past month as the Omicron variant spread to Ontario: a man in his forties who was not vaccinated, a man in his forties who received two doses and a problem with underlying health, a woman in her 60s who was vaccinated, an 80-year-old man who received two doses, a 90-year-old woman who was not vaccinated and a 90-year-old woman who was vaccinated.

The new outbreak takes place in an unnamed community living facility in the city of Peterborough.

Ongoing outbreaks continue at three other uninhabited community living facilities in the city, as well as the Peterborough Regional Health Center, Rubidge Retirement Residence, St. Joseph’s at Fleming, Fairhaven (which has one resident case and 13 member cases of the staff), Riverview Manor and Extendicare Lakefield.

Peterborough Regional Health Center admitted 18 patients with the virus on Thursday, up from 17. The hospital reported it was facing two separate outbreaks, including one in Unit A5.

Another 101 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Thursday while 57 cases were resolved, resulting in 1,153 active cases, up from 1,111 on Wednesday.

The totals now under-represent the total number of cases now that only people in high-risk settings in the province are eligible for PCR testing.

The jurisdiction of the City and County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation now has 3,757 cumulative confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with 2,572 resolved and 32 death.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue at the Healthy Planet Arena at 911 Monaghan Road. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and resumption from Monday to January 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The clinic, located in the community hall of the arena, is open to walk-in people for the first and second doses, but booster shots for the third dose are by appointment only.

Pediatric dose clinics for children ages 5 to 11, by appointment only, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Healthy Planet Arena.

Appointments can be made online through the provincial vaccine reservation portal at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Accelerated doses for children 5 to 11 years old can only be booked by phone.

The health unit recommends that people continue to check the portal for available appointments, as you can move to an appointment earlier.

The Havelock Community Center at 39 George Street E. in Havelock will host a clinic Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all people 12 years of age and over eligible for a first or second dose (walk-in) or third booster dose. (by appointment only), offering Pfizer for those 12 to 29 and Moderna for anyone 30 or older.

Many local pharmacies also offer COVID-19 injections by appointment and some will have appointments available earlier than mass vaccination clinics.

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