Kitchener-Waterloo

77 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday, 3 more outbreaks in Waterloo region

Region of Waterloo Public health reports 77 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the number of total active case in the region to 561. 

561 active cases, 27 people in hospital with virus but no new deaths

While there have been no new deaths, there are 27 people in Waterloo region hospitals with COVID-19, with nine of those patients currently in the intensive care unit. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

Region of Waterloo Public Health reports 77 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the number of total active case in the region to 561. 

The rolling seven-day average of new cases, which smoothes out single day anomalies in the data, is now just over 75.

While there have been no new deaths, there are 27 people in Waterloo region hospitals with COVID-19, with nine of those patients currently in the intensive care unit, an increase of one since Monday.

The number of cases marked as resolved rose to 2,976, or 81 per cent.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 1,707 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, continuing a trend that began on Friday when a second bump was added to the curve of the second wave after a week-long plateauing of case numbers. 

Active outbreaks rise to 25

There are now 25 active outbreaks in Waterloo region. Two are at long-term care homes where one outbreak involves two staff members who have tested positive. The other outbreak is one staff member at another home. No one living at either home has tested positive for the virus.

The outbreak at Village Manor in St. Jacobs continues, with a total of 31 cases: 11 in staff members and 20 in residents of the assisted living facility. One person's death has been linked to that outbreak.

There is also an outbreak in the 5S medicine unit at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener and on the wing B level 4 medicine unit of Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

Other outbreaks are:

  • One at a congregate setting with one case.
  • One relating to a ice skating class with three cases.
  • One at an industrial equipment sales workplace with three cases.
  • One at a food and beverage workplace with three cases. 
  • One at a racquet sports-related facility with 24 cases.
  • One that is hockey related with nine cases.
  • One that is dance-class related with two cases.
  • One at a food and beverage service workplace with two cases.
  • Two outbreaks are at manufacturing workplaces: one with two cases and one with three cases.
  • One outbreak at a construction workplace with two cases.
  • One outbreak is at a food processing workplace with 10 cases.
  • One outbreak at a automobile sales and service workplace with three cases.
  • One outbreak at an industrial equipment sales workplace with nine cases.
  • One at a trades workplace with three cases.
  • One outbreak at a child care centre with two cases.

Waterloo region health officials do not name specific workplaces with outbreaks unless there is an associated risk to the general public who may have been at the location, such as in a restaurant or retail outlet where contact tracing cannot be done.

There are four outbreaks at schools:

  • William G. Davis Public School in Cambridge with two cases.
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener with two cases.
  • Centennial Public School in Waterloo with three cases.
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener with two cases.

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