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Waterloo region ends July with 2 days of no new COVID-19 cases

In the last week of July, Waterloo region saw three days where there were no new cases of COVID-19. Over the course of the month, there were 86 new cases, the lowest since the first case in March and a significant drop from the 194 cases in June.

'It’s encouraging to see but we have to be careful,' Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang says of fewer new cases

In the last week of July, there were three days where there were no new COVID-19 cases reported in Waterloo region. (Carmen Groleau/ CBC)

For the second day in a row, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region.

It's also the third day this week where there have been no new cases.

On Friday, the number of cases sat at 1,385. There were seven new cases reported this week: one on Wednesday and six on Monday morning, which includes numbers from last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The number of COVID-19 cases in July reached 86, a significant drop since June.

Previous month totals were:

  • June: 194 cases.
  • May: 354 cases.
  • April: 633 cases.
  • March: 118 cases.

There are 35 active cases as of Friday morning, Region of Waterloo Public Health reported on its dashboard.

More than 52,000 tests have been done in the region. The number of people who have died from the novel coronavirus in the region remains at 119. The number of resolved cases rose to 1,231, or 89 per cent of all cases.

There is currently one outbreak in a long-term care home in Waterloo where one staff member has tested positive.

'Cases continue to slow'

On Tuesday, the first day since March where the region didn't report any new cases, the region's acting medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said she was "quite happy" to see the region hit zero cases.

"I think it's a reflection overall that our cases continue to slow and we continue to head in the right direction," she said. "It looks like we're out of the first wave."

But she said people should expect case numbers will fluctuate as more businesses open up and people have more social interactions.

"It's encouraging to see but we have to be careful … that it doesn't lull us into a false sense of security that the virus is gone, because it's not," she said.

On Friday, acting associate medical officer of health Dr. Julie Emili said, "This week in particular has been encouraging."

"These numbers speak to the value and importance of public health measures, such as physical distancing, hand washing, staying home if you are sick and wearing a face covering in enclosed public places and on transit." 

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