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Another 41 people in Waterloo Region, Guelph hospitals recovering from COVID-19: SMGH

St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener says there are a lot more people in area hospitals as a result of COVID-19 than are being reported.

The hospital says there are currently 52 patients in hospitals in Guelph and Waterloo Region as a result of COVID-19, with only 11 patients who are currently infectious.

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“Across the region, there were 41 patients who were COVID-19 resolved,” SMGH president Lee Fairclough stated.

“Many of these patients were admitted with COVID-19 and need ongoing care beyond their infectious window.”

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Waterloo Public Health provides a daily update with numbers provided by the province, but that only includes patients who are still considered infectious.

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“We share this number to illustrate the toll that COVID-19 is still having on our hospitals no matter how many infectious COVID-19 patients are in our care,” the hospital said in a statement.

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The 11 patients who are currently infectious is the lowest the area has experienced in a while.

“At St. Mary’s General Hospital, the number is as low as it has been in recent memory; however our regional partners are still experiencing fluctuations in patients with COVID-19 who are infectious,” Fairclough said.

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