COVID-19: Peterborough Public Health reports 33 new cases on Saturday – Globalnews.ca

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Peterborough Public Health reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 as of early Saturday evening.
Case updates from the regional health unit are rarely issued on the weekends, however, the health unit said as of 5 p.m. there were 33 new cases since its last update issued around 4 p.m. Friday   — a new single day record. The previous single-day record for the health unit was 27 cases reported on April 14, 2021.
According to the health unit, there are 78 active cases in its jurisdiction (Peterborough, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation), up from 63 reported on Friday. A month ago on Nov. 18 there were 16 active cases.
The health unit did not indicate if there were any new cases of the Omicron variant. As of Friday’s update, there were four confirmed cases in the region.
Read more: Ontario announces new restrictions in response to Omicron COVID variant
Medical officer of health Dr. Thomas Piggott says residents are urged to reconsider social gatherings at this time to protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19.
“This abrupt rise in cases is a clear indication that the Omicron variant is circulating in our community,” he stated. “I am strongly recommending that residents reduce their close contacts and reconsider holiday plans to keep themselves safe and reduce the high transmission we are seeing.
“Even with the new provincial capacity limits, we anticipate there will be a significant increase in cases in the coming days.”
Piggott reminds residents to follow public health guidance this holiday season for the best prevention against the transmission of COVID-19.
“Staying safe against a COVID-19 infection does include layering up,” he said. “We layer up to go outdoors in the winter to protect us from the cold and we need to layer up our prevention to protect us from COVID-19.”
Piggott offered five tips to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 for the holiday season.
Rapid antigen tests were available Saturday morning at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market at the Morrow Building and on Saturday evening at the market, after initially being promoted at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. However, the  Ministry of Health shifted the distrbution back to the Morrow Building next to the arena due to fans also attending the Peterborough Petes’ OHL game.
Future dates for distribution of the tests by the province:
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