4 new COVID-19 deaths, drop in new cases reported in Waterloo region
Number of new cases dropped from record high of 203 on Sunday to 164 on Monday
Four more people have died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths linked to the virus since last March to 179 in Waterloo region.
The people who died are a man in his 80s, a woman in her 90s, a man in his 90s and a woman who was more than 100 years old.
Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region's medical officer of health, offered her "deep sympathy" to the family and friends of those who died in an emailed statement.
Region of Waterloo Public Health also reported 164 new cases on Monday, a drop from the record high of 203 on Sunday. It brings the total number of cases so far in January to 1,604 and since March 2020 to 7,503.
The region reports there are 1,048 active cases with 27 people in hospital and 13 of those people in the intensive care unit.
Despite the drop in cases on Monday, Wang said the region continues to see an acceleration in the spread of COVID-19 in the community following the holiday season.
"Our active case load and case rates are the highest we have had to date in Waterloo region. We know that COVID-19 has the potential to cause serious illness, and sadly, death," Wang said.
"We cannot rely on the current measures alone, we all have a role to play to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all need to avoid social gatherings and stay home as much as possible, leaving only for essential reasons such as work, food or medical appointments."
Testing partners have done more than 284,000 tests since last March.
The province reported 3,338 more cases of COVID-19 on Monday and Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet are set to meet to discuss further measures to curb the spread of the virus. Those measures are expected to be announced Tuesday.
35 active outbreaks
There are 35 active outbreaks including 16 in long-term care or retirement homes in the region.
There are also six outbreaks in congregate settings. Those outbreaks include: One with 19 cases, one with 12 cases, one with eight cases and three with a single case at each location.
The region's dashboard also lists one food processor with 82 cases. The region has not named the company involved.
The outbreak also has an asterisk on the dashboard, which the region said "indicates most cases are likely community acquired." A public health official said there's a lot of connections between employees outside of the workplace.
The other outbreaks are:
- Six at manufacturing workplaces: One with 15 cases, one with six cases, one with four cases and three with two cases each.
- Three at food and beverage services workplaces: One with four cases and two with two cases each.
- One at a farm with four cases.
- One at Waterloo Regional Police Services with three cases.
- One at Grand River Hospital in the mental health unit.