Peterborough Public Health's

local COVID tracker

New Cases by Reported Date

Total Cases by Onset Date



Cases by Age

Most Likely Source of COVID-19 Exposure


Residents Tested:

Testing Rate:

How many cases are in the hospital now?

Peterborough Public Health does not report on the number of people with COVID-19 that are currently in hospital.

You can find information about the number of patients with COVID-19 at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) by checking the PRHC's website here.

How are hospitalizations counted?

Any person who lives in the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation or Hiawatha First Nation who has ever been admitted to a hospital with COVID-19 is counted.

  • This includes any local people who were were admitted to hospitals outside of Peterborough.
  • People who live outside of our area who have been admitted to the hospital in Peterborough aren't counted.
  • People with COVID-19 who are admittled to a hospital more than once are counted only once.

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    Outbreak Related Cases

    Local cases linked to any COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario

    There may be cases in schools not related to an outbreak.
    Please click here for a list of cases in schools.

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    COVID-19 Outbreaks

    at local facilities

    Peterborough Public Health's

    COVID-19 Vaccination

    About the Data

    This website tracks COVID-19 among people living in the area that Peterborough Public Health serves: the City and County of Peterborough and Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations.

    When does this website get updated?

    Peterborough Public Health is updating the information on this website every business day.

  • On Mondays information will be updated by 12:00 noon.
  • From Tuesdays to Fridays information will be updated between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. each day.
  • The local COVID tracker is not updated on Saturdays, Sundays or statutory holidays.

    The time of the last update is always shown in the top right corner of the webpage.

    Who is counted as a case?

    Peterborough Public Health reports lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people who live in the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation or Hiawatha First Nation. That means the numbers only include people who have had a test that detected the virus that causes COVID-19. People who have had symptoms of COVID-19, but who didn't test positive for the virus aren't included in our counts. This data does not include individuals that have been transferred here from out of region for medical care.

    What is a Variant of Concern?

    Viruses are known to mutate over time. The new strains that develop can be different from the original virus. To be considered a variant of concern (VOC), the new strain of the virus must have clinical or public health significance that affects one or more of the following: transmissibility (how quickly it spreads), severity of disease, vaccine effectiveness, and/or diagnostic testing.

    • Who is tested for a VOC?
      • When a person tests positive for COVID-19, the sample may also be screened for known VOC mutations. Screening tells us that a sample has a mutation that is common for a known variant of concern, screened (+). However, only through sequencing are samples confirmed as a VOC, sequenced (+), this tells us the specific variant lineage. As of March 18th 2021, only samples screened and found to have E484K or E484K and N501Y mutations will be sequenced. All samples screened positive for just N501Y mutations are presumed linage B.1.1.7 VOC. Please see PHO screening link for more information.
    • VOC FAQ
    • VOC Screening

    What is an Active Case?

    Active cases of COVID-19 are people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have active infections of the virus. A person who is an active case of COVID-19 is able to spread the virus to other people. All active cases of COVID-19 are required to be in self-isolation and are regularly being monitored by Public Health. This data does not include individuals that have been transferred here from out of region for medical care.

    What is a Close Contact?

    A Close Contact is a person who is known to have had close contact with someone who was infected with COVID-19. People who are Close Contacts are at high risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

    People who are Close Contacts have to self-isolate for 14 days from the last time they had contact with a person infected with COVID-19. Peterborough Public Health follows up with every person who is a Close Contact and who is staying in our area while they are self-isolating.

    What does resolved mean?

    A person who had COVID-19 is considered to be resolved when they are no longer infectious (they can't spread the virus to others). People who have been infected with COVID-19 may still have symptoms or side effects of COVID-19 after they are considered resolved. Most people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 will be considered resolved 10 days after their symptoms began.

    How are deaths counted?

    Public health agencies in Ontario keep track of all deaths of people with active COVID-19 infections. When someone who was a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 dies, the death is attributed to COVID-19 unless there is a clear alternative cause of death, such as trauma, poisoning, or drug overdose. However, based on the information available, a Medical Officer of Health, relevant public health authority, or coroner may use their discretion when determining if a death was due to COVID-19, and their judgement will supersede the above-mentioned criteria. A death due to COVID-19 may be attributed when COVID-19 is the cause of death or is a contributing factor.

    How are COVID-19 tests counted?

    Peterborough Public Health is counting the number of people who live in our area who have ever been tested for COVID-19. Each person is only counted once, no matter how many times they are tested.

    When a person gets tested the sample has to get shipped to a lab, it gets processed and analyzed for the virus and then the results get entered into a database. It can take a few days from when a person goes for testing to when Peterborough Public Health can see the results in the database and count a person as having been tested for COVID-19.

    What are the different types of exposures?

    • Community spread
      • A person is said to have acquired COVID-19 from community spread if public health isn't able to pinpoint how the person acquired the virus. When public health can link a case to a known source of the virus, it is assumed that the person picked up the virus somewhere in the community.

    • Travel
      • A person who likely acquired COVID-19 from travelling outside of Ontario.

    • Close Contact
      • A person who had close contact with a known case.

    Who is counted as an outbreak related case?

    Outbreak related cases include people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 who:

    • live in the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, Curve Lake First Nation, or Hiawatha First Nation, and
    • are linked to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Ontario

    A person is linked to an outbreak if they got COVID-19 because of an outbreak or if they spread COVID-19 to others and started an outbreak.