Peterborough Public Health reports three new cases of COVID 19 in its service area, including a resident of the Riverview Manor long-term care home who is now self-contained at the Water Street facility.
At a press conference Friday, April 3, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, a medical officer of health in Peterborough, noted that there are now 41 positive cases in the city and county of Peterborough, Curve Lake and Hiawatha. Six of these cases have since been resolved, including one of a member of the Peterborough Police Service who tested positive on March 27 after returning home after traveling abroad.
According to the Peterborough Police Service, the member completed the self-assessment questionnaire upon return from home and immediately isolated himself before contacting the Peterborough Public Health Service for a test followed by a car. -continuous insulation. The member, who has had no interaction with co-workers or the public, is now awaiting approval to return to work.
To date, 842 COVID-19 tests have been performed locally and results are expected on 267 of them. Another 534 cases were confirmed negative.
Regarding the situation at Riverview Manor, Dr. Salvaterra said that COVID-19 tests on three other residents came back negative with test results on five other residents on hold. In addition, five employees were tested and one negative result was reported for one.
“There is a lot of activity and interaction (involving long-term care and residences for the elderly),” said Dr. Salvaterra when asked if lessons were learned from tragedies in other Ontario homes, including Pinecrest in Bobcaygeon where 15 residents have now died from COVID-19-related illness.
“We established a community of practice with all of our long-term care facilities and our retirement homes a few weeks ago. We are committed to them. We met them virtually. We share the advice. In fact, an inspector has established a checklist with all of our long-term care homes to make sure they fully comply with infection prevention and control measures. This is a very active area of our work and we have dedicated some of our best employees to working with these partners. “
Dr. Salvaterra also spoke of the brutal message from Queen’s Park on Friday afternoon (April 3) which was as clear as alarming: if Ontarians continue to follow physical distance and other measures in place to mitigate effects of COVID-19, 3,000 to 15,000 will die from the virus.
However, warned Dr. Adalsteinn Brown of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, if Ontarians drop their guard and stop following public health measures, that number could reach 100,000 before the pandemic does not take place, which, according to Dr. Peter Donnelly, Director of Public Health Ontario, could take 18 months to two years.
“This data paints a picture of the value of what we do, the importance of what we do and the impact of what we do … we save lives,” she said.
“We are also trying to protect our health care system so that we have enough capacity to care for those who fall ill.”
Dr. Brown, Dr. Donnelly and Dr. Matthew Anderson, Chief of the Ontario Health Branch, spoke to the media, based their forecasts on the modeling and projection data compiled to date, and been thoroughly analyzed in accordance with Premier Doug Ford’s directives that the province should be as transparent as possible about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its anticipated outcome.
As for the area served by the other Kawarthas health unit (Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, which includes Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton), the latest figures for Friday (April 3) indicate that There have been 65 positive reported cases and 17 deaths (including 15 associated with the Pinecrest nursing home epidemic). Of the total number of positive cases, 50 are in the city of Kawartha Lakes, 14 in the county of Northumberland and one in the county of Haliburton.
For the most current information on COVID-19 in Ontario and the Peterborough area, visit ontario.ca/coronavirus or peterboroughpublichealth.ca.
The Peterborough Regional Health Center also provides news, updates, information and resources on its website at prhc.on.ca/cms/covid-19-novel-coronavirus.