1 new death, total COVID-19 cases rise to 940 in Waterloo region

One more person in Waterloo region has died of COVID-19, bringing the local death toll to 103.

The person was living at Trinity Village, a long-term care home in Kitchener, numbers released Monday morning by Region of Waterloo Public Health showed. The home has now had 15 of the region’s deaths.

Two long-term care homes were also added to the list of active outbreaks: PeopleCare Hilltop Manor in Cambridge where two staff members tested positive for the virus and Chartwell Westmount in Kitchener, where one person living at the home tested positive.

This is the second outbreak for Chartwell Westmount. The first, which saw one person who worked at the home test positive, was declared over April 17.

Cases rise to 940

The number of cases rose to 940, an uptick of eight cases over what was reported Sunday.

As well, 493 people have recovered from the virus, and increase from 479 on Sunday.

The province added 308 new novel coronavirus cases on Monday. Some MPPs are expected to meet Tuesday at Queen’s Park to vote on a government motion to extend the provincial state of emergency until June 2. The provincial state of emergency is currently set to expire on May 19.

Also reported on Monday:

  • 9,618 tests have been done in the region.
  • 45 people are in hospital. This does not include people moved from Forest Heights long-term care home into area hospitals.
  • 275 of people presumed or confirmed positive are health-care workers, making up 29 per cent of cases.

Not everyone with symptoms is being tested for the virus. There are priority groups including health-care workers, frontline workers, their families and people living in long-term care, group and retirement homes.

Active outbreaks at long-term care homes 

There are 12 active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region. An outbreak is declared when just one person living at a home or working there tests positive for COVID-19.

Two long-term care homes were added to the list on Monday: PeopleCare Hilltop Manor in Cambridge and Chartwell Westmount in Kitchener. This is the second outbreak for Chartwell Westmount.

There is still an active outbreak at St. Mary’s General Hospital on the fifth floor medicine unit. All other outbreaks at hospitals have been declared over.

There are also two outbreaks at “congregate settings” in the region.

See a full list of outbreaks.

328 cases in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

COVID-19 cases in the area covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health ticked up by three, bringing the total number of cases to 328 on Monday.

The number of deaths remained unchanged at 30. The number of cases marked as resolved sat at 152 on Monday, also unchanged from Sunday.

There are eight people listed as being in the hospital in the region and four in intensive care.

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Chart: Outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes

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