Half of COVID-19 cases in Waterloo region marked as resolved

About half of the confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region have been marked as resolved, according to numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Saturday.

The health authority has reported 912 cases, up 15 from Friday, and 454 cases are now categorized as resolved.

But, the region’s death toll continues to rise. One more person has died from COVID-19, bringing the total of deaths in the region to 102.

Also reported on Saturday:

  • There have been 9,267 tests done in the region.
  • 41 people are in hospital. This does not include people moved from Forest Heights long-term care home into area hospitals.
  • 270 of people presumed or confirmed positive are health-care workers, making up 30 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks in 10 long-term care, group and retirement homes.

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.

Outbreaks at 10 long-term homes 

The outbreak at The Village of Winston Park has ended, bringing the total of outbreaks at long-term care homes in Waterloo region to 10.

An outbreak is declared when just one person living at a home or working there tests positive for COVID-19.

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.

See the full list of outbreaks.

323 cases in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

The number of COVID-19 cases marked as resolved in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph is also nearing 50 per cent, although not quite at that point.

Numbers released by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health on Saturday show there are now 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 151 cases have been identified as resolved.  The health unit is only reporting confirmed cases and not presumptive cases.

There are also 30 deaths in the area covered by the health unit: Eight of those deaths have been in Guelph, two in Wellington County and 20 in Dufferin County.

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

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