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COVID-19 outbreak declared at retailer in Waterloo Region

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Waterloo Public Health says a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a retailer in the region after three recent novel coronavirus cases were connected to the workplace.

Officials did not provide any further details about the retailer in Friday’s update.

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Two other people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 1,191.

The rolling seven-day average for the region has dropped slightly to 7 new cases per day.

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Nine more residents in the region have been cleared of the virus, pushing the total number of resolved cases to 994.

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Waterloo Public Health says the region is down to 102 active cases, including 14 people who remain hospitalized. That number is down for the first time in a week.

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The death toll in the region remains at 115, including 95 residents of long-term care or retirement facilities.

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There have now been 22,653 coronavirus tests conducted in Waterloo Region, 173 more than Wednesday’s update.