Kitchener-Waterloo

2 new deaths reported in long-term care homes from COVID-19

Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region, bringing the total number of deaths to 108. That's according to numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health, which are accurate as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Waterloo region on May 14

So far, 550 people in Waterloo region who have tested positive for COVID-19 are now considered "resolved cases." (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Three more people have died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region, bringing the region's total number of deaths to 108. 

Two of the deaths were at long-term care homes in the region. One person was a resident at the Trinity Village Long-Term Care Home, and one was a resident at the Westhill Retirement Home.

The total number of cases in the region rose by 10 Thursday, numbers released by public health show. There are a total of 973 positive cases of COVID-19 in the region.

There are currently 11 active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region. 

550 cases resolved

Also reported Thursday: 

  • 10,594 tests have been done in the region.
  • 44 people are in hospital. This does not include people moved from Forest Heights long-term care home into area hospitals.
  • 279 of the people presumed or confirmed positive are health-care workers, making up 29 per cent of cases.

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.

The number of people who have recovered from the novel coronavirus has also increased. So far, 550 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 22 people from Wednesday.

The numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health are accurate as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

You can play catch again, region says

People can once again play catch, throw Frisbees and fly kites in their local parks, the region said in a statement Thursday.

The move is part of a gradual relaxing of some restrictive measures at parks, trails and open spaces. People can also bring their own chairs and blankets to local parks to sit in as well as perform solo exercises and exercise routines.

Still, many rules remain in place. 

The region still discourages people from traveling to parks, trails and open spaces outside of their neighbourhoods. Park amenities will remain closed, including play structures, washrooms, picnic tables, tennis courts and dog parks. 

Bylaw officers will also continue to monitor for people who are gathering in groups of more than five people, walking their dogs off-leash or using closed park amenities, the region said.

"Residents should assume COVID-19 transmission can occur anywhere in Waterloo region," the region said in a statement.

People going to parks should wash and sanitize their hands, avoid crowds, leash their dogs and practice physical distancing, the region said. 

32 deaths in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Another person in the area covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph public health has died, bringing the total number of deaths to 32. 

Eight people are in hospital and four are in intensive care.

The numbers released by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph public health are accurate as of Thursday morning.

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