Local COVID-19 Risk Index Moves up to “High”

Written by Comms Team, September 28, 2022

Those Not Up-to-Date with Their COVID-19 Vaccines Are at Higher-Risk

Peterborough Public Health’s Local COVID-19 Risk Index has moved from “moderate” to “high” this week as COVID-19 transmission continues in our community. We are detecting an increase in all indicators including wastewater data, PCR test positivity, RAT count, case rate, and hospitalizations. In the last week, 4 COVID-19 related deaths were reported.

“We are seeing high rates of COVID-19 circulating in our community,” says Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “However, COVID-19 is not the only respiratory illness that has started to circulate. We know that COVID-19 measures can protect us against respiratory infections such as COVID-19 and influenza and it’s important that we get back to the basics to prevent further transmission”.

Residents are advised to use the Local COVID-19 Risk Index to make personal decisions about their health as we learn to live with fluctuating transmission levels. Current guidance recommended under the “high” level is to wear a mask for all interactions with people outside of your household, limit indoor social gatherings, and attendance at high-risk settings. Individuals who are at higher risk for complications related to COVID-19 should take additional precautions, such as those not up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines, older adults (60+), immunocompromised individuals or those with medical risk factors. These residents are encouraged to wear a mask when for all interactions with people outside of your household and avoid indoor social gatherings.

Residents are also encouraged to stay-up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. To find information on COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics please visit: www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/vaccineclinics.

The COVID-19 Community Risk Index is updated weekly on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and can be found on our website at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/covid-risk-index.


For further information, please contact:
Sarah Gill
A/ Communications Manager
705-743-1000, ext. 352