There are now 23 people who have died of COVID-19 in Waterloo region, including 15 who resided in long-term care homes.
The total number of confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases has also increased to 474, according to Region of Waterloo Public Health. Of those cases, 148 have been marked as resolved.
The long-term care home deaths reported Saturday happened at Forest Heights Revera, where there have been 79 COVID-19 cases among patients, 39 cases among staff and seven deaths in total. It’s the largest outbreak at a long-term care home in the region.
Public health said the outbreaks at Chartwell Westmount LTC and Sunnyside Home are now over.
According to public health, long-term care and retirement home outbreaks are now the primary form of transmission for COVID-19 in the area, representing 50 per cent of cases. Second is community transmission, at 26 per cent and then close contact with someone already diagnosed with the virus, at 17 per cent.
In Waterloo region, women make up 65 per cent of the COVID-19 cases, men make up 33 per cent and two per cent of the cases are pending to determine sex, according to public health.
- There have been 3,971 tests done for COVID-19.
- 22 people are in hospital.
- 155 cases have involved health-care workers.
- 148 cases have been marked as resolved.
- There are outbreaks at 13 long-term care facilities.
12 deaths in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph
There are now 192 presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, according to WDG Public Health. Of the total number of cases, 49 have been marked as resolved.
Public health breaks down the numbers based on the three areas it covers:
- There have been 82 cases in Guelph with 21 marked as resolved and four deaths. Six people are in hospital, two of which are in intensive care.
- There have been 27 cases in Wellington County with nine marked as resolved and one death. Two people are in intensive care.
- There have been 64 cases in Dufferin County with 16 marked as resolved and five deaths. Three people are in hospital and none are in intensive care.
The public health unit also said the outbreak declared at St. Joseph’s Health Centre is over. It was declared in the hospital’s Apple Blossom Unit on March 31.
Outbreaks continue at:
- Caressant Care in Fergus.
- Dufferin Oaks in Shelburne.
- Headwaters Health Centre in Orangeville.
- Homewood Health Centre in Guelph.
- Norfolk Manor in Guelph.
- Shelburne Residence in Shelburne.
- Wellington Terrace in Fergus.
Outbreak at St. Mary’s General Hospital
There’s been an outbreak of COVID-19 in two units of St. Mary’s General hospital, according to the hospital.
“St. Mary’s is immediately taking additional safety measures, including enhanced cleaning of the areas, and closing its third floor unit to new admissions,” said the hospital’s news release.
One patient tested positive for COVID-19 on the third floor after what’s believed to be patient-to-patient transmission, according to the hospital.
A staff member also tested positive in the unit after they potentially contracted the infection while caring for the first patient, the hospital said.
Meanwhile, the hospital said an investigation into a “small cluster” of COVID-19 positive staff on the sixth floor showed staff-to-staff transmission.
“It has been determined that this transmission occurred in a common space and not in a direct patient care area,” the release said. “There is no evidence of staff-to-patient or patient-to-staff transmission.”
Admissions of patients to the unit on the sixth floor will continue, according to the hospital.