Coronavirus: 2 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brings Peterborough-area total to 7

Peterborough Public Health says two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to seven.

During a press conference, Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Peterborough’s chief medical officer of health, noted one case is a 65-year-old woman who is a resident of the city. The case was reported to the health unit on Tuesday evening.

The medical officer of health noted the woman’s exposure to the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is associated with her work as an employee at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon, which has three confirmed cases of COVID-19 which were reported last Friday.

However, because she is a Peterborough resident, the case is the responsibility of Peterborough Public Health, not the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge, District Health Unit.

“She has one close contact,” Salvaterra said.

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The second new case confirmed Wednesday morning is a man in his 20s. Salvaterra said the man was a contact of another case from outside of Peterborough.

“Both are home and are self-isolating,” Salvaterra said.

All seven cases of COVID-19 in the health unit’s jurisdiction remain in self-isolation at home, Salvaterra said. The health unit is responsible for the city of Peterborough, Peterborough County and the First Nations of Curve Lake and Hiawatha.

“We don’t have any cases yet where we can’t figure out where they were exposed,” she said. “They’re all residents of the city and county.”

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the health unit reported 455 people have been tested for COVID-19 and confirmed 186 negative results, with another 282 still awaiting test results, which can take four to five days to process.

The health unit will be receiving an additional 200 test swabs on Wednesday, to complement the 63 swaps still in inventory.

“That will see us through a good week,” said Salvaterra.

She also noted new terminology going forward of “physical distancing” as opposed to “social distancing” as recommended by the World Health Organization to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Andy Mitchell, chairman of Peterborough Public Health, praised the efforts of Salvaterra, her team, emergency responders and healthcare workers to keep people safe and informed.

“Their services are very much appreciated,” he said.

More to come.

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