Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Sunday.
This brings the two-day total for the weekend to 108 cases. A total of 47 cases were reported on Saturday, while 39 were reported on Friday.
There are currently 341 active cases with 21 people in hospital.
Of the 3,019 positive cases recorded in the region since March, 2,555, or 85 per cent, have been marked as resolved. The number of people who have died from the virus increased by one to 123.
24 active outbreaks
There are 24 active outbreaks in the region, three of which are at long-term care homes.
There are six outbreaks at congregate settings, such as group homes, including one outbreak with 21 cases.
Other outbreaks include office settings, construction sites, food and beverage services and manufacturing workplaces.
Region moving to COVID-19 ‘red zone’ on Monday
Waterloo will move into the ‘red zone’ category of the provincial framework at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.
This will mean stricter gathering limits, impacts to sports and recreation, increased screening at businesses and more.
According to Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, “The spread and circulation of COVID-19 has significantly increased in the community. In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a significant growth in the number of cases and outbreaks across Waterloo Region.”
Wang is recommending that all residents stay home and only leave for essential purposes such as:
- Going to work.
- Going to school.
- Groceries or take-out.
- Medical appointments
- Exercising, preferably outdoors.
“I appreciate that new restrictions and recommendations are difficult but these are the steps we must take if we are to get COVID-19 under control,” Wang said.
“If we all work together to protect each other and our loved ones, our collective efforts will make a difference in Waterloo region. We are stronger when we work together.”
On Sunday Ontario reported 1,534 new cases of COVID-19 along with 14 new deaths.