Slowdown in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Peterborough area may be an early sign of success

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Public health nurse Simone Jackson wearing personal protective equipment as she prepares to open a swab to test a patient for COVID-19 at the Peterborough Public Health Clinic. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Public Health)
Public health nurse Simone Jackson wearing personal protective equipment as she prepares to open a swab to test a patient for COVID-19 at the Peterborough Public Health Clinic. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough Public Health)

Peterborough Public Health reports only four new cases of COVID-19 since last Friday (April 3) – on average one per day – in its watershed in the city and county of Peterborough and the Curve Lake and Hiawatha.

This is “a significant slowdown in our rate of increase,” according to Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, a medical officer of health in Peterborough.

At her weekly press conference on Wednesday April 8, Dr. Salvaterra noted that there have been 45 confirmed positive cases in the Peterborough area since the start of the epidemic – only three of which are the result of transmission community.

In addition, 1,055 COVID-19 tests were conducted locally, with results expected on 260 of them. Another 750 tests have returned negative, while 10 cases have now been resolved.

“Our case rate per 100,000 is 28, which is lower than the provincial case rate of almost 32 per 100,000,” notes Dr. Salvaterra.

“I would interpret the (low) number (of positive cases since April 3) as immediate feedback on how our measures work,” she said. “We asked people to give up a bit. The numbers are going in the right direction and may be an early indication that our measures are having an effect. “

“What I can tell you is that the slope of the curve has flattened. We doubled every four days. We do not see this doubling. If that were the case, our number (of positive cases) would be in the 80s. It is promising. “

However, Dr. Salvaterra warns that this is not the time for complacency.

“We cannot let our guard down. I shared these numbers to let people know “Wow, it works. I ask people to stay with us on this point and not give up, but instead they feel they are making a difference. “

Regarding previous outbreaks at St. Joseph’s in Fleming and Riverview, Dr. Salvaterra says the two are “contained” and that no cases have been reported in other local long-term care homes.



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