Kitchener-Waterloo

7 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Waterloo region, no new deaths

The region saw seven new cases of COVID-19 in numbers released Thursday morning and no new deaths. As well, the number of resolved cases rose to 687.

Resolved cases rise to 687, total number of tests reach 14,577

Waterloo region has had 687 people with COVID-19 recover from the virus. There were no new deaths reported on Thursday. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 has jumped to 687, new numbers released by Region of Waterloo Public Health on Thursday show.

That's a jump of 12 cases from the 675 reported on Wednesday.

There were no new deaths reported by the region on Thursday. The number of confirmed or presumptive cases also rose by seven to 1,056.

Also reported Thursday:

  • 14,577 tests have been done in the region.
  • 33 people are in hospital. This does not include people moved from Forest Heights long-term care home into area hospitals.
  • 287 of people presumed or confirmed positive are health-care workers, making up 12 per cent of cases.
  • There are 12 active outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes in the region.

The numbers from public health are accurate as of 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Bulky item pickup to restart

The Region of Waterloo announced Thursday it will start picking up bulky items on people's regular waste collection days.

Kitchener and the townships can put bulky items out starting next week while Waterloo and Cambridge will be able to do so the week of June 1. The region notes there is a limit of three items per household.

GRCA to open more parks, trails

The Grand River Conservation Authority says it will open more parks and trails for hiking, walking and cycling on Saturday.

Conservation areas are still closed for camping and people also cannot use the beaches, washrooms or playgrounds.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph cases

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is reporting 355 cases of COVID-19 in its coverage area as of Thursday, an increase of just one case from Wednesday.

The number of resolved cases also ticked up one to 209. The number of deaths remains at 33 people.

There are nine people listed as being in the hospital with three in intensive care.

Long-term home outbreaks

There are currently 12 active outbreaks in long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region.

There were no changes in the number of cases in people living or working at homes on Thursday compared to what was reported on Wednesday.

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