Waterloo region reports more than 11K COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 56 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 47 more on Sunday.

The region has surpassed more than 11,000 positive cases since March 2020. About 10,391 have been marked as resolved. 

There have been four more hospitalizations and one COVID-related death reported over the weekend. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 233 people since the start of the pandemic.

Thirty-seven people are in hospital with six in the intensive care unit.

There are 369 active cases in Waterloo region.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 1,299 new confirmed cases on Sunday and 15 more deaths across the province.

Variant cases

There is a total of 143 identified cases involving variant strains. Public health said 11 of those cases are confirmed as the B.1.1.7 UK variant. The remaining 132 are undergoing further testing to determine the exact strain.

25 outbreaks

There are 25 active outbreaks in the region including seven in long-term care and retirement facilities. The most recent declared Saturday at St. Andrew’s Terrance long-term care (Beech Grove) with at least one case in a staff member.

There are also seven outbreaks in congregate settings in the region: One that has multiple locations with 124 cases, one with 36 cases, one with 11 cases, two with two cases each and two with one case each.

Other outbreaks:

  • At EduKids Childcare Centre with nine cases.
  • At Cambridge Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Unit.
  • At Grand River Hospital Unit 5 A.
  • At Grand River Hospital (5 North/5 South).
  • At Court at Laurelwood Retirement Residence with 17 cases: 14 in non-staff and three in staff. 
  • At St. John Catholic Elementary School with a dozen cases.
  • Two at places of worship: One related to a wedding with five cases and another with six cases.
  • Three at manufacturing/industrial facilities: One with three cases and two with two cases each.

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