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1 more person has died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region

One more person has died from COVID-19 in the region and there are nine new confirmed or presumptive cases, according to new numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Saturday.

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Waterloo region on May 2

There are now 73 deaths and 782 presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region, according to Region of Waterloo Public Health. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

One more person has died from COVID-19 in Waterloo region and there are nine new confirmed or presumptive cases, according to new numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Saturday.

That brings the total number of deaths to 73 and the number of recorded cases to 782. The region reports 330 of those cases have been resolved. 

The death was not at one of the region's long-term care homes, which have been hit hard during the pandemic. According to public health, 60 per cent of cases in the region have been at long-term care homes. 

Since the pandemic began in March, the largest single-day increase for the death toll was on April 18, when Waterloo Region Public Health saw 75 new positive or presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus. 

Region of Waterloo Public Health officials have said that testing for the novel coronavirus is limited and that the region is following provincial guidelines to only test health-care workers, essential workers, their families, hospital patients and people living in long-term care homes.

The general public is not being tested for COVID-19 even if they show symptoms. Instead, people are being told to stay home and self-quarantine.

330 recovered

Forty-two per cent of the recorded cases (330 cases) have been resolved.  The numbers released Saturday also show:

  • There have been 6,795 tests done in the region.
  • 40 people are in hospital.
  • 250 of presumed or confirmed cases are healthcare workers, making up 32 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks at 12 long-term care and retirement homes.

As well, 23 per cent of people with the virus contracted it through community spread.

Public health officials say that means it's unclear how they got the virus and that they don't fall into one of the other three categories: travel, long-term care or retirement home outbreak or close contact.

24 deaths in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

The number of deaths in the region covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph health unit is now 24, up two people from Friday.

The health unit is reporting 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 111 have been marked as resolved.

Of the ongoing cases, 115 patients are self-isolating, eight are in hospital and four are in intensive care.

COVID-19 cases per 1000 in Waterloo region communities, May 2, 2020. (Region of Waterloo)

Active outbreaks 

There continue to be 12 active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region.

An outbreak is declared when just one person living at a home or working there tests positive for COVID-19.

Outbreaks have been declared over at nine long-term care and retirement homes.

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