Peterborough medical officer of health reports “very good job” of flattening the coronavirus curve – Peterborough

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Peterborough public health officer of health says local residents are doing “very good work” to smooth the curve of new coronavirus cases.

At a noon press conference on Wednesday, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra reported 45 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, for the jurisdiction of Peterborough Public Health. This is an increase of four cases since Salvaterra’s last press conference on Friday. However, this data was as of Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

However, late Wednesday afternoon at around 3:35 p.m., the health unit reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 51 in the region. Of the 51 cases, 14 have been resolved. Of the 1,093 people tested, 757 were confirmed negative and 285 remained under investigation.

The health unit represents Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

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“I am certainly encouraged by the results that I share with you today. It seems that the residents of Peterborough are doing very well in smoothing the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19, “she said. “We must continue this good work.”

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Salvaterra said the COVID-19 health unit case rate is around 28 per 100,000 people compared to an average of 31 per 100,000 people.

“It’s a significant slowdown in our rate of increase in the past two weeks,” she noted. “We doubled every four days, but we don’t see it now. It’s promising, but I’m not going to let my guard down. ”

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She said that the region’s distance from the Greater Toronto Area could contribute to the decline in the rate of transmission within the jurisdiction of the health unit.

“The rate in Peterborough is no different from the rate in the east and north of us,” she said. “I believe distance plays a role. “

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However, she said health officials are continuing to investigate whether cases “are missing” by examining past and current results. She also said the number of cases was “going in the right direction” and acknowledged that people practiced consistent physical distance and hand washing and stayed at home.

“They may be an early indication that our measures are having an effect, but they are early,” she said. “The slope of the curve has flattened. “

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“I would ask Peterborough not to give up … They are making a difference. “



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Of the 45 confirmed cases reported at noon, three are the result of local transmission (no connection to travel or contact another confirmed case) – about seven percent of the workload, she said. declared.

Outbreaks at St. Joseph’s in Fleming and Riverview Manor remain the status quo, said Salvaterra. There are four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Joseph and one confirmed case in Riverview Manor.

Masks

Salvaterra also said residents can wear a non-medical mask or face mask, but warns that it has not been proven to protect the wearer from infection.

However, she said a mask can be an additional measure to prevent the wearer’s respiratory droplets from infecting other people or landing on surfaces.

“The mask can reduce the risk of others coming into contact with your respiratory droplets,” she said. “Masks can also keep you from touching your nose or mouth.”

The health service has information on its website for face masks. Salvaterra stressed the importance of hand washing before putting on and taking off a mask, and recommended placing it in a washing machine after use. Masks should also not be shared.

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Swabs

Salvaterra also noted that the health unit has 270 test pads to cover the rest of the week and the weekend of the Easter holidays.

Andy Mitchell, chair of the health council and mayor of the Township of Selwyn, congratulated Salvaterra, healthcare workers, first responders and residents as they work together to fight the coronavirus pandemic. He encouraged people to avoid interaction during the Passover, Easter and Ramadan celebrations this month.

“It is not easy to practice physical distance, but we need to know that it makes a difference,” he said.

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