COVID-19 trends ‘relatively stable’ in Waterloo Region, top doc says

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For the second day in a row, Waterloo Public Health is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total number of cases in the area to 18,874.

This lifts the rolling seven day average number of new cases in the area back up to 19.4.

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“Our local trends have remained relatively stable to date, although we can expect our case rates may rise, so we will need to remain vigilant,” Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu Li Wang told reporters on Friday morning.

She says residents are becoming more social which will cause rates to rise.

“We are seeing in our case and contact investigations, greater social interactions among residents so this would not be unexpected,” Wang said.

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Waterloo Public Health said that another 15 people have been cleared of the virus, lifting the total number of resolved cases in the area to 18,422.

It has been over a week since there have been any new COVID-19-related deaths reported, leaving the death toll at 288 including six people this month.

The number of active COVID-19 cases is on the rise again as that number is back up to 160 with six of those people being in area hospitals with four of those patients requiring intensive care.

We are back up to four active COVID-19 outbreaks after one was declared at Mooregate Crescent Apartments, an independent living facility in Kitchener where a staff member has tested positive.

On the flip side of things, the region’s vaccine task force reports there have now been 817,250 vaccinations in the area, which is an increase of 1,434 over Thursday’s numbers.

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In addition, 396,408 residents are now fully vaccinated which is an increase of 947 from 24 hours earlier.

A total of 67.32 per cent of area residents are now fully vaccinated, a number which climbs to 78.17 when you discount people who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

We have now seen 73.48 per cent of the population receive at least one dose of a vaccine, a number which moves to 85.33 per cent when only including those over the age of 11.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 781 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest one-day count since early June. The provincial case total now stands at 562,756.

Of the 781 new cases recorded, the data showed 485 were unvaccinated people, 83 were partially vaccinated people, 147 were fully vaccinated people and for 66 people the vaccination status was unknown.

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According to Friday’s report, 185 cases were recorded in Toronto, 96 in Peel Region, 93 in York Region, 67 in Windsor-Essex, 66 in Hamilton and 40 in Durham Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 40 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,489 as 17 new deaths were recorded. However, the ministry of health said 14 of the deaths occurred more than two months ago. Three of the deaths are new.

*With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues


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