Coronavirus: Public Health confirms 9th COVID-19 case in Waterloo Region

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Region of Waterloo Public Health says a man in his 20s has become the ninth confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Waterloo Region.

On its website, Public Health lists the man as having acquired the virus while travelling in the U.S. while also reporting that he is currently in self-isolation at home.

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The man is reported to be from the Muskoka area.

There were no new cases reported on Monday after four were reported in the region over the weekend.

The first confirmed case in Waterloo Region was announced by Public Health on Mar. 5. In that instance, a woman had returned from a trip to Italy.

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Since then, eight other cases were reported with all but two listed as being currently in isolation at home.

Both of those cases were initially reported to be in self-isolation but now a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s are listed as being in the hospital.

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