Kitchener-Waterloo

Half of Waterloo region's COVID hospitalization patients are in ICU

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and no new deaths. There are 30 people in hospital currently with 15 of those individuals in the intensive care unit.

133 new cases reported in region on Wednesday

Waterloo region reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Waterloo region saw 133 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Wednesday and no new deaths.

That brings the number of cases this month to 1,891 and since March to 7,790.

There are 1,055 active cases of the virus in the region with 30 people in hospital and 15 of those individuals in the intensive care unit.

Of all the cases since March, 6,550 have been marked as resolved.

Too early to say 'trend'

Daily case numbers have dropped since a record high of 203 on Sunday. The region's medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang says it's too early to say if this is a trend.

"We will need to monitor for a few days still," Wang said in an emailed statement.

"The new measures announced yesterday and the continued commitment of Waterloo region residents to do everything we can to support those measures will be critical to our community's ability to slow the spread," she said.

"In the coming weeks we will see if our actions and the enhanced measures are working to bring COVID-19 under control."

Across the province, 2,961 new cases of COVID-19 and 74 more deaths of people with the illness were reported Wednesday.

40 active outbreaks

There are 40 active outbreaks, 18 of which are on long-term care or retirement homes.

An outbreak at Conestoga Meats has risen to 88 cases, although public health has said the majority of cases at the food processor are resolved.

There are five outbreaks at manufacturing workplaces: One with 17 cases, one with eight cases, one with six cases, one with three cases and one with two cases.

Other outbreaks include:

  • Seven outbreaks at congregate settings: One with 19 cases, one with 13 cases, one with eight cases and four with a single case each.
  • Three are at food and beverage service businesses: One with four cases, one with three cases and one with two cases.
  • One at a farm with four cases.
  • One at Waterloo Regional Police Service with three cases.
  • One at a trades business with two cases.
  • One at a retail business with two cases.
  • One outbreak at Shamrock Independent Living Centre in Kitchener with one case in a staff member.
  • One at Grand River Hospital in the mental health unit.

Outbreak among paramedics

An additional outbreak, which was not reported on the region's reporting dashboard, was declared Wednesday at Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services' north division.

The region says the outbreak was declared after three employees tested positive for COVID-19 "and have an epidemiological link in the workplace setting."

As well, two other cases have been found at north division, but there's no identifiable epidemiological link to the workplace, the region said.

"Most are experiencing relatively minor symptoms and are all recovering in isolation at home," Chief Stephen Van Valkenburg said in a release, adding after an investigation and contact tracing, the service is "confident there is no risk to the public or any impact on our ability to safely respond to 911 calls and provide care." 

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