4 new deaths caused by COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region long-term care homes

Region of Waterloo Public Health reported four new deaths on Sunday and all were people who lived in long-term care homes.
A man walks through downtown Guelph, Ont., wearing a mask on Friday, April 24, 2020. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of four more people in the Waterloo region, Region of Waterloo Public Health reported on Sunday. 

All of them were residents in long-term care homes.

There were two more deaths at Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener which brings the total number of people who have died at the facility because of the virus to 27.

There was also one death at Trinity Village in Kitchener, bringing the total to four at that home and one at Lanark Heights in Kitchener, bringing the total there to two.

There are now 677 confirmed or presumptive cases in the region, up from 632 on Saturday. A presumptive case is a test that was positive at a lab but still needs to be verified by a reference lab. 

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're showing symptoms. Instead, people are being told to stay home and self quarantine.

The numbers released Sunday also show:

  • There have been 5,457 tests have been done in the region.
  • 31 people are in hospital.
  • 203 of presumed or confirmed cases are healthcare workers, making up 30 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks at nine long-term care and retirement homes.

The numbers also show 248 people have recovered from COVID-19, up from 232 reported on Saturday.

9 active outbreaks at long-term care home

There are nine active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region.

Six homes have had people die from the virus:

  • Forest Heights Revera in Kitchener has 133 cases in residents, 48 cases in staff and 27 deaths.
  • Trinity Village in Kitchener has 31 cases in residents, 27 cases in staff and four deaths.
  • Highview Residences in Kitchener has 14 cases in residents, 11 cases in staff and seven deaths.
  • A.R. Goudie in Kitchener has 16 cases in residents, 12 cases in staff and two deaths.
  • Lanark Heights in Kitchener has eight cases in residents, six cases in staff and two deaths.
  • Victoria Place in Kitchener has 23 cases in residents, four cases in staff and one death.

There are also outbreaks at Briarfield Gardens in Kitchener, The Village of Winston Park in Kitchener and Marian Residence in Cambridge.

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

See the full list of outbreaks.

Don't drive to parks, gather in parking lots

The regional municipalities were reminding people this weekend to not drive to parks or trails to enjoy some time outside.

As well, Cambridge said bylaw officers would be patrolling parking lots after receiving complaints that people were gathering in parking lots.

2 more deaths in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

Two more people have died from COVID-19 in the area covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. There are now 17 people who have died from the virus in the city of Guelph and counties of Wellington and Dufferin.

The number of confirmed cases also rose to 248 on Sunday, up from 239 reported Saturday. The health unit is only reporting confirmed cases and not presumptive cases.

Nine people are listed as being in hospital and five people in intensive care.

There are 87 cases marked as resolved.

Read more from today:

Chart: Long-term care home outbreaks in Waterloo region


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