With 2,357 new COVID-19 cases today, Ontario will enter province-wide lockdown on Boxing Day

Here is an update on COVID-19 cases in Ontario as well as the Greater Kawarthas Region.

Ontario reports 2,357 new cases today – with more than 2,000 cases for six consecutive days, bringing the seven-day average of daily cases by 91 to 2,250.

According to Global News, CTV News Toronto and 680 News, sources familiar with the matter say the Ontario government plans to implement a provincial lockdown starting at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24th. The lockdown is reported to remain in place for 28 days in southern Ontario and 14 days in northern Ontario.

If the lockdown is based on the current grayscale of Ontario’s coronavirus response framework, it would mean no indoor social gatherings with anyone outside of your household, the closure of non-essential retail stores and most fitness facilities, the restriction of restaurants and bars to only for Takeout and 50 percent capacity restrictions for major retailers.

According to sources, elementary school students would not return to school until Jan. 11 for home study for the first week of school of the new year, and high school students would not return to school at all during the lockdown.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to release details of the lockdown at a media conference in Queen’s Park on Monday afternoon.

In the Greater Kawarthas Region, 8 new cases are to be reported and 14 more cases resolved, with the number of active cases in the entire region decreasing by 6 to 96. However, those numbers exclude Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton as a health unit does not issue any updates on Sundays.

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Most of today’s new cases are in Toronto (486), Peel (468), York (326), Windsor-Essex (151), and Niagara (128).

There are double-digit increases in Halton (97), Waterloo (91), Hamilton (88), Durham (82), Middlesex-London (80), Simcoe Muskoka (62), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (48), Ottawa (38 ), Southwestern Public Health (25), Eastern Ontario Health Unit (22), Lambton (19), Huron Perth (14), Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington (13), Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (10 ) and Haldimand-Norfolk (10), with smaller increases in Gray Bruce (9), Thunder Bay (8), Timiskaming (7), Hastings Prince Edward (7) and Chatham-Kent (6).

The remaining 9 Health Units are reporting 5 or fewer new cases, with 3 Health Units (all in Northern Ontario) reporting no new cases at all.

Of today’s cases, 52% are in people aged 40 and older, with the highest number of cases (769) in people aged 20 to 39 years, followed by 704 cases in people aged 40 to 59 years. With 1,931 other cases resolved since yesterday, the proportion of resolved cases has decreased by 0.1% to 85.4%. The average positivity rate across Ontario is not available on weekends.

Ontario today reports 25 new COVID-19 deaths, including 18 in long-term care facilities. Hospital admissions fell by 20 to 875, even though over 10 percent of Ontario hospitals did not submit data for this report. There are 5 more patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units and 10 more patients on ventilators.

A total of 69,412 tests were completed yesterday, with the backlog of tested tests decreasing by 23,601 to 54,546.

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There are 8 new cases to be reported in the Greater Kawarthas Region, including 5 in Hastings Prince Edward and 3 in Peterborough. No reports are available for Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland or Haliburton on Sunday.

Another 14 cases were resolved, including 11 in Hastings Prince Edward and 3 in Peterborough.

There are currently 96 active cases in the Greater Kawarthas area, down 6 from yesterday, including 30 in Hastings Prince Edward (11 in Quinte West, 6 in Belleville, 8 in Prince Edward County, 2 in Tyendinaga & Deseronto, and 3 in.). Central Hastings), 40 in Northumberland, 24 in Peterborough and 2 in Kawartha Lakes. There are no active cases in Haliburton.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in the Greater Kawarthas region, there have been 270 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough region (241 resolved with 5 deaths), 219 in the town of Kawartha Lakes (198 with 32 resolved deaths), 193 in Northumberland County (152nd). resolved with 1 death), 27 in Haliburton County (27 resolved with no death), and 250 in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (215 resolved with 5 deaths). The last death was reported in Peterborough on November 23.

There were 155,930 confirmed cases across the province, an increase of 2,316 from yesterday, with 133,213 cases resolved (85.4% of all cases), an increase of 1,931 from yesterday. There have been 4,150 deaths, an increase of 25 from yesterday, with 2,564 deaths in long-term care homes, an increase of 18 from yesterday. Hospital admissions fell by 20 to 875, even though over 10 percent of Ontario hospitals did not provide data for this report. There are 5 more patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units and 10 more patients on ventilators. A total of 7,371,532 tests were completed, an increase of 69,412 from yesterday, with 54,546 tests being examined, a decrease of 23,601 from yesterday.

The provincial data in this report comes from Ontario’s Integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) at 12:00 noon the previous day. The data from the local health units is more up-to-date and is usually reflected in the provincial data the next day. There may be discrepancies between the Ontario data reported today (yesterday) and the data reported today by the local health station (today).

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Peterborough Public Health Peter

Peterborough Public Health’s service area is the city and county of Peterborough and the Hiawatha and Curve Lake First Nations.

The health department produces daily reports, including on weekends.

Confirmed positively: 270 (increase from 3)
Current cases: 24 (no change)
Close contacts: 105 (increase from 39)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Fixed: 241 (increase from 3)
Hospital stays (total so far): 12 (no change) *
Total number of tests completed: Over 38,450 (up 150)
Institutional outbreaks: Fairhaven in Peterborough (no change)

* The Peterborough Regional Health Center reports that as of December 18, there is currently 1 patient with COVID-19 in an inpatient unit.

Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge County Health Department

The Haliburton County Health Unit coverage area, Kawartha, Pine Ridge is the city of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland County and Haliburton Counties.

The health department prepares reports Monday through Saturday, excluding public holidays. These figures are from December 19.

Confirmed positively: 439, of which 219 in Kawartha Lakes, 193 in Northumberland, 27 in Haliburton (up 10 in Northumberland)
Current cases: 42, of which 7 in Kawartha Lakes and 40 in Northumberland (down from 10, of which 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 5 in Northumberland)
Probable cases: 0 (no change)
High Risk Contacts: 311, of which 24 in Kawartha Lakes, 165 in Northumberland and 5 in Haliburton (net 6) *
Hospital stays (total so far): 18, of which 11 in Kawartha Lakes, 6 in Northumberland and 1 in Haliburton (no change)
Deaths: 33 (no change)
Fixed: 377, of which 198 in Kawartha Lakes, 152 in Northumberland, 27 in Haliburton (increase of 20, of which 5 in Kawartha Lakes and 15 in Northumberland)
Institutional outbreaks: Extendicare Kawartha Lakes in Lindsay, Case Manor Care Community in Bobcaygeon (no change)

* This total includes 117 high risk contacts who were directly tracked through Public Health Ontario’s contact tracing process and are missing the district of contacts.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

The Hastings Prince Edward Public Health coverage area is Hastings County (including Bancroft) and Prince Edward Counties.

The health department prepares daily reports, excluding public holidays.

Confirmed positively: 250 (increase by 5)
Current cases: 30 (decrease of 6)
Deaths: 5 (no change)
Currently in the hospital: 2 (no change)
Currently hospitalized and in intensive care: 0 (no change)
Currently in the hospital and in the intensive care unit with a ventilator (all in all so far): 0 (no change)
Fixed: 215 (increase by 11)
Completed tradeoffs: 15,867 (no change)
Institutional outbreaks: Seasons Dufferin Center in Quinte West (no change)

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Ontario Province

Confirmed positively: 155,930 (increase of 2,316)
Fixed: 133,213 (increase of 1,931, 85.4% of all cases)
Hospitalization: 875 (down 20) *
In the hospital and intensive care unit: 261 (increase from 5)
In the hospital and in the intensive care unit on the ventilator: 156 (increase by 10)
Deaths: 4,150 (increase by 25)
Deaths of residents in nursing homes: 2,564 (up 18)
Total number of tests completed: 7,371,532 (increase of 69,412)
Tests examined: 54,546 (decrease by 23,601)

* Over 10 percent of Ontario hospitals did not submit data for this report.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario from November 19 to December 19, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of the new cases.  (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)COVID-19 cases in Ontario from November 19 to December 19, 2020. The red line is the number of new cases reported daily and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of the new cases. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)
Ontario COVID-19 testing completed November 19 through December 19, 2020.  The red line is the number of tests completed each day and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed.  (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)Ontario COVID-19 testing completed November 19 through December 19, 2020. The red line is the number of tests completed each day and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of tests completed. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW.com)

For more information on COVID-19 in Ontario, visit covid-19.ontario.ca.

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