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Waterloo region back down to 36 active COVID-19 cases

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Waterloo Public Health says the region is back down to 36 active COVID-19 cases, including 11 people who remain in hospital as a result of contracting the coronavirus.

The agency says that four more people have been cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 1,240.

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There were no new positive tests for the novel coronavirus announced leaving the total number of cases from the region at 1,395.

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This is the fourth time in the last two weeks that there have been no new cases announced by the region.

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There are still active outbreaks at A.R. Goudie in Kitchener, where a resident tested positive over the weekend, and Columbia Forest in Waterloo, where a staff member tested positive on July 23.

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Ontario reported 86 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 39,714.

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This is the third day in a row Ontario has seen case counts lower than 100.

The death toll in the province remains the same at 2,782 cases as no new deaths were reported.