66 new cases of COVID-19, 1 death reported in Waterloo region on Thursday

There were 66 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region on Thursday.

That brought the total in April to 451, which is more than was seen in the first eight days of March (359 cases) or Febrary (382 cases). 

It was still below January, when there were 1,104 cases reported in the first eight days of the month.

Since the start of the pandemic 12,399 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 11,717 cases have been marked as resolved.

There was one death of a person with the virus reported Thursday, bringing the total number of COVID-related deaths in the region to 244.

Public health reported 426 active cases on Thursday. There were 19 people in the hospital with five of those people in the intensive care unit.

The region also reported 671 cases have screened positive for a variant of concern, up from 620 on Wednesday. Of the 51 cases with a variant, 39 were confirmed to be the B117 variant first detected in the U.K.

Ontario reported another 3,295 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

13 active outbreaks

There were 13 active outbreaks including one at a long-term care home where one staff member has tested positive for the virus.

There were four outbreaks linked to schools, including:

  • Three outbreaks at Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo with three cases in one outbreak, and two cases in each of the other two outbreaks. The school is currently closed to in-person learning.
  • One at St. Luke Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo with two cases.

The other outbreaks include:

  • One at a daycare with two cases.
  • One at St. Mary’s General Hospital.
  • One at the University of Waterloo with 37 cases.
  • One at a manufacturing workplace with seven cases.
  • Two at construction sites: One with six cases, one with three cases.
  • One at an optometrist office with three cases.
  • One at a place of worship with two cases.

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