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6 new deaths from COVID-19 in Waterloo region, majority at long-term care homes

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported five new deaths on Saturday at long-term care homes as well as one death not connected to a long-term care home.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Waterloo region on April 25

The number of confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the region is now 634, according to Region of Waterloo Public Heatlh. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 at long-term care homes in Waterloo region continues to rise.  Region of Waterloo Public Health reported five new deaths on Saturday as well as one death not connected to a long-term care home.

That brings the number of people who have died of the novel coronavirus in Waterloo region to 51.

Forest Heights Rivera, which has the largest outbreak at a long-term care home in the region, has two new deaths and six new confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases.

But the number of long-term care homes where an outbreak has been declared has dropped by one. The outbreak at Granite Landing, which saw one staff member test positive, has ended, according to public health.

The region's acting medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu Li Wang has said when it comes to cases and deaths at long-term care homes, "we're still on the upswing of the situation."

The number of confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the region is now 634, an increase of 30. And there are also now 232 resolved cases, up from 216 resolved cases reported on Friday.

The numbers also showed:

  •  5,325 tests have been done.
  •  24 people are in hospital.
  • 194 confirmed or presumptive cases are healthcare workers, making up 31 per cent of all cases.
  • There are active outbreaks at nine long-term care facilities.

239 cases in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reported 239 positive cases of COVID-19 in its area on Saturday, an increase of nine cases. The health unit is only reporting lab confirmed cases and not presumptive cases.

The number of deaths remains at 15. There are nine people in hospital and five in intensive care. Of the total number of cases, 87 have been marked as resolved.

Outbreaks continue at:

  • Caressant Care in Fergus, where one resident has tested positive.
  • Dufferin Oaks, where four residents and five staff have tested positive.
  • Headwaters Health Care Centre, where five residents and 18 staff have tested positive.
  • Norfolk Manor, where 22 residents and four staff have tested positive.
  • Royal Terrace, where one resident has tested positive.
  • Shelburne Residence, where 27 residents and six staff have tested positive.
  • St. Joseph's Health Centre, Apple Blossom Unit, where one resident and six staff have tested positive.
  • Stone Lodge, where one resident has tested positive.

Outbreaks have been resolved at Guelph General Hospital, Homewood Health Centre, St. Joseph's — Rosewood Unit and Wellington Terrace, according to public health.

23 cases in Stratford

The number of cases in Stratford has risen by one case to 23, Huron-Perth Public Health reported Saturday. Three people have died in the city and 15 people have recovered.

Huron-Perth Public Health also tracks the number of cases at long-term care homes in the region. There are six residents and eight staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 at Greenwood Court in Stratford.

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