Coronavirus: Evidence of community transmission found in Peterborough, COVID-19 cases remain at 28

No new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported Tuesday for the Peterborough area, however, evidence of community transmission of the virus has been found, according to the region’s health unit.

Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Peterborough Public Health’s medical officer of health, said Tuesday the number of cases in the region remains at 28. The health unit’s jurisdiction includes the city of Peterborough, Peterborough County, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.

Four of the 28 cases remain hospitalized while three people have been reported as recovered.

Salvaterra said for one of the confirmed cases of COVID-19, health officials have not been able to identify a clear link with travel or exposure to another known or suspected case.

“We concluded it must have been transmitted locally,” said Salvaterra. “That is our evidence for local transmission.”

One other case may also be linked to community transmission but test results are pending, Salvaterra said.

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“We’ve always known positive cases are just the tip of the iceberg and that they don’t reflect all of the COVID-19 activity for the area,” she said.

Salvaterra says evidence of community transmission should serve as a “stronger reminder” that everyone needs to keep practising physical distancing (at least a 2-metre distance), stay at home as much as possible and wash hands regularly and thoroughly.

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