COVID-19: Possible Omicon exposure at American Eagle store at Peterborough mall –

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Peterborough Public Health is advising of a potential exposure of the Omicron COVID-19 variant at an American Eagle store in the city last week.
On Thursday afternoon, the health unit advised recent patrons to get a PCR test and self-isolate. It’s believed the exposure to the variant occurred at the store at Lansdowne Place mall from Friday, Dec. 10 to Saturday, Dec. 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. both days.
“Peterborough Public Health is asking anyone who visited this store during these times to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from the date of exposure. If symptoms develop, get a PCR test immediately and isolate until you have received your results,” the health unit stated.
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The health unit says all high-risk contacts have already been identified and will receive further instruction.
On Tuesday, the health unit reported its first two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in its jurisdiction which includes Peterborough, Peterborough County, Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.
Two additional cases were reported on Thursday.
The advisement came prior the health unit reporting nine new cases on Thursday. Its COVID tracker update, issued around 4:53 p.m., shows 58 active cases of COVID-19, down from 59 reported on Wednesday.
The health unit reports the following two active outbreaks on Thursday:
The outbreak declared Dec. 2 with the Student Transportation of Canada bus route 627 in Peterborough was lifted on Thursday.
The health unit has had 367 cases associated with 64 outbreaks since the pandemic was declared — 26 cases in the past 30 days.
Other data on Thursday:
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board as of 11:35 a.m. Thursday reported 15 active cases among its schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction. All schools with cases remain open (school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff):
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The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday reported eight active cases at schools within the health unit’s jurisdiction (school board does not indicate if cases involve students or staff. All schools remain open):
Trent University reported three active case at its Peterborough campus as of 4:20 p.m. Thursday and none at its Durham campus. The university reports that 96 per cent of students and 97 per cent of employees are fully vaccinated and zero per cent of students and zero per cent of staff are partially vaccinated.
Fleming College has not reported any cases at its Peterborough campus. The college will resume in-person classes and services in January 2022.
The health unit releases its weekly vaccination rates on Wednesday. The latest data can be found in this Global News Peterborough article.
The health unit will host a number of vaccination clinics for children at several Peterborough County schools. All clinics will be held outside of school hours. Clinics include:
Bookings for children ages five to 11 to receive a COVID-19 vaccine are available as well as third-dose/booster vaccinations. All appointments have to be booked on Ontario’s online portal or by calling the provincial vaccine booking call centre at 1-833-943-3900.
All testing and medical assessments for COVID-19 in Peterborough are now consolidated at Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s assessment centre at 1 Hospital Dr.
A number of Peterborough and area pharmacies offer vaccinations to eligible recipients. Appointments are required and can be made by calling the respective pharmacies or visiting the Ontario government’s website.
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