New COVID-19 outbreak declared at Waterloo long-term care home

There's a new COVID-19 outbreak at a long-term care home in Waterloo, public health reported Friday. There were also nine new cases of the virus for a total of 52 active cases in the region.

There are 9 new cases in Waterloo region, public health says

Waterloo region reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and one new outbreak in a long term care home in Waterloo. (Carmen Groleau/ CBC)

A long-term care home in Waterloo has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported Columbia Forest had a case of COVID-19 on Friday. That means there are two long term care homes currently dealing with outbreak, which is declared after a single positive case at a care home.

The other is PeopleCare Hilltop Manor in Cambridge, which was declared in outbreak on July 13 after one staff member tested positive. 

No one living at either home has tested positive for COVID-19.

The region also saw nine new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the number of active cases to 52 and raising the total number of cases since March to 1,378. The region also reports 1,207, or 88 per cent, of cases have been marked as resolved. 

There are 12 people in hospital.

Of the nine new cases, four are age 39 or younger, three are between the ages of 50 and 59, and there are one case each in the age ranges of 60 to 69 and 70 to 79.

The region has seen a total of 119 people die from COVID-19.


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