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Waterloo region tops 800 COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths reported Sunday

As of Sunday morning there are 801 cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region. There are also 81 deaths reported in the region, 13 outbreaks and long-term care and retirement homes and 345 cases have been marked as resolved.
A person rides her bicycle past fenced off cherry blossoms at a park during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday. In Waterloo region on Sunday, cases topped 800 and there were new eight new deaths reported by Region of Waterloo Public Health. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

There are 801 cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo region, new numbers released Sunday morning show.

That's up from 782 reported on Saturday.

A total of 81 people have died from the virus in the region. That number is up from 73 reported Saturday.

The eight new deaths were all people who lived in long-term care homes: four lived at Forest Heights Revera, two were at A. R. Goudie and there was one each at Trinity Village and Victoria Place.

Of the region's deaths, 66 have been in long-term care or retirement homes.

The numbers also showed 345 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus, up from 330 reported on Saturday.

Also reported on Sunday:

  • There have been 7,046 tests done in the region.
  • 40 people are in hospital.
  • 256 of presumed or confirmed cases are health-care workers, making up 32 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks in 13 long-term care, group and retirement homes.
  • 22 per cent of people contracted the virus through community spread.

Public health officials say when a person is listed as getting the virus through community spread, it 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.

The numbers are accurate as of 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Long-term home outbreaks

There are 13 active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region. That's up one from Saturday. 

Golden Years, a long-term care home in Cambridge, has been added to the list with one staff case. 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 11 long-term care and retirement homes.

See the full list of outbreaks.

Cases top 300 in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

The number of cases in the area covered by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has reached 304, numbers released Sunday show. That's a rise from 299 reported on Saturday.

There have been 24 deaths in the area, which is the same number reported on Saturday. Six of those deaths have happened in Guelph, two in Wellington County and 16 in Dufferin County.

As well, 114 people across the health unit have recovered from the virus, a rise from 111 on Saturday.

Guelph changing pedestrian crossings again

Guelph had changed its pedestrian crossings so people did not need to press the call button to cross, but that will in the coming days.

Mayor Cam Guthrie put out a tweet saying he's received "1,367,302 emails" in regards to the automated pedestrian crossings and the city will now be "reverting these back to normal."

Guthrie said now that the province is reopening some businesses, the measure is no longer needed.

Read more from today:

Chart: Long-term care home outbreaks

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