Coronavirus: Peterborough’s COVID-19 cases more than double over weekend to 28

The number of cases of the novel coronavirus in Peterborough more than doubled over the weekend to reach 28, according to the region’s health unit.

Peterborough Public Health announced at noon Monday that there have been 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Friday morning’s update of 13 cases. Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, medical officer of health, says four of the new cases remain under investigation to determine if there is any travel history or if there is any contact to an existing case. One is suspected to be an occupational exposure for a health-care worker who works outside the city.

Specific details on the cases were not provided during the media conference but are expected to be released by the province on its registry, Salvaterra said.

“We expect the numbers to grow,” she said.

Four of the 28 confirmed cases are hospitalized. Salvaterra noted three of the cases have been resolved. All other cases remain in self-isolation.

Salvaterra said she expects the number of cases to rise in its jurisdiction of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.

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“We are preparing our health-care teams,” she said.

To date, 673 people have been tested for COVID-19, she said, with 422 confirmed negative. Another 224 people are still awaiting test results.

With respect to the outbreak at the St. Joseph’s at Fleming long-term care facility, Salvaterra says it’s status quo with one resident testing positive for COVID-19 and three staff members remaining in self-isolation. No one is hospitalized.

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