The health unit representing Central Ontario reported new cases of the new coronavirus in the Lake City of Kawartha and Northumberland County on Thursday.
In a statement released at 3:40 pm, Haliburton, Kawartha, the Pine Ridge District Health Unit stated that there are now 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its jurisdiction.
A new case announced Thursday was a man in his fifties who contracted the virus from close contact. It is self-insulating.
The other case is a woman in her sixties who recently traveled to Egypt. It is also self-insulating.
Cases increase the number of confirmed cases to 21 in the Lake City of Kawartha and six in Northumberland County. However, the health unit did not specify which areas the new cases are associated with.
“Given the growing number of confirmed cases and the time required to verify the details of case management calls and contacts, the health unit will now report the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the area of our health unit,” said Chandra. Tremblay, head of the corporate services health unit. “These numbers will be based on the data we receive via IPHIS (Integrated Public Health Information System) by 4:30 pm the previous day.”
Of the 21 cases in the city of Kawartha lakes, one resulted in the death of a man from the Kawartha lakes in his 1980s. The health unit said the man had no known travel or contact history and died at Lindsay’s Ross Memorial Hospital on Sunday of COVID-19 and pneumonia.
Thirteen of the cases are associated with the Pine Crest nursing home in Bobcaygeon, which currently has three isolated residents in the facility and 10 employees of the Kawartha Lakes area in solitary confinement (women between 30 and 70 years old). An eleventh employee is from Peterborough and is also self-isolated, but it is a case of Peterborough Public Health.
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In Northumberland County, there are now six confirmed cases of COVID-19. All six are currently at home in self-isolation, reports the health unit.
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