Kitchener-Waterloo

1 death, 46 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region Tuesday

Public health reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region on Tuesday. There was also one COVID-related death of a woman in her 80s.

Now 115 variant cases in community with 10 confirmed to be B117

Waterloo region reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The number of variant cases also rose to 115. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

There were 46 new cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region on Tuesday and one additional death related to the virus.

The new cases bring the two-day total in March to 88 and since last March to 10,790. Of all the cases, 10,129 cases have been marked as resolved.

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region's medical officer of health, identified the person who died as a woman in her 80s.

The region's dashboard shows the woman's death is linked to an outbreak at Court at Laurelwood Retirement Residence, considered to be an independent living facility. The outbreak at the Waterloo residence has seen 13 cases in people living at the home, three in staff members and two deaths.

"I wish to express my deep sympathy to the family and loved ones of the individual," Wang said in an email.

The death brings the total number of COVID-related deaths since March 2020 to 228.

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 419 active cases, up 12 from Monday. There are also 40 people in hospital with six in the intensive care unit.

The region also reports there are now 115 variant cases in the community: 10 are known to be the variant B117 which was first detected in the U.K., while the other 105 require further testing.

Ontario reported another 966 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

28 active outbreaks

There are 28 active outbreaks in the region, with six in long-term care and retirement homes.

There are four outbreaks in schools:

  • 12 cases at St. John Catholic Elementary School in Kitchener.
  • Six cases at St. Agnes Catholic Elementary School in Waterloo.
  • Four cases at Monsignor Doyle Catholic Secondary School in Cambridge.
  • Two cases at Howard Robertson Public School in Kitchener.

The St. John Catholic Elementary School is currently closed and students are taking part in remote learning. The school says the plan is to reopen on Monday.

The other outbreaks are:

  • Eight in congregate settings: One with 121 cases over multiple locations, one with 36 cases, one with 21 cases, one with seven cases and three with a single case each.
  • Two in hospitals: One at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and one at Grand River Hospital.
  • One at Court at Laurelwood Retirement Residence with 13 cases in people living there, three in staff members and two deaths.
  • One at EduKids Childcare Centre with four cases.
  • Three at manufacturing workplaces: One with three cases, two with two cases each.
  • One at a food processor with five cases.
  • One at a food and beverage services business with two cases.

There is also an outbreak at a place of worship with 11 cases. The region has declined to name the place of worship.

Dr. Rabia Bana, an associate medical officer of health for the region, said in an emailed statement that public health is "working closely with the facility to ensure appropriate infection prevention and control practices are in place and that they have the necessary support."

"All high risk contacts of confirmed cases who are required to self-isolate and seek testing are being contacted directly. Disclosing the name of the facility is only necessary if we are unable to identify and provide direction to high risk contacts through case and contact management and the facility," Bana said.

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