Region of Waterloo Public Health reported another 52 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the total number in the region to 4,581.
On the same day, the death toll rose by two, from 135 reported on Monday to 137. Resolved cases in the region also rose to 3,975.
The number of active cases dropped by one to 468, while the number of those cases in hospital incresed from 27 to 35. That number includes 11 people who are being cared for in the ICU.
Six people have died in Waterloo Region from COVID-19 since Saturday. Officials say the deaths include a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 90s, a woman in her 40s, a man in his 80s, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 90s. Officials say they all had underlying conditions.
One person was a resident at the Village of Winston Park long-term care home in Kitchener.
“I wish to express my deep sympathy for the families and loved ones of each of these individuals,” a statement from Dr. Ryan Van Meer, Associate Medical Officer of Health, said in part. “We continue to see an elevated number of hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and a growing number of outbreaks in long-term care and retirement facilities. Hospitalizations and, sadly, deaths are lagging indicators which means we start to see increases in these areas a few weeks after we have a rapid acceleration of cases. These indicators are a reflection of COVID-19 across our community and they highlight the importance of protecting our vulnerable community members.”
Dr. Van Meer reminded people to help protect others by practicing physical distancing, not gathering with people outside your immediate household, wearing a mask and limiting non-essential trips.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, the region also updates its testing numbers. The total number of tests done rose by 8,518 on Tuesday, for an average of more than 2,100 per day. To date, 239,593 tests have been done in Waterloo Region.
The rolling seven-day average positivity rate rose on Tuesday as well, from 3.3 per cent to 3.6 per cent.
The region also reported that the number of outbreaks had risen to 30.
Another outbreak was reported at a long-term care home on Tuesday after being declared the day before at Columbia Forest LTC’s Breithaupt and Johnson units.
There were also five more outbreaks reported in workplace and business settings. Each one was declared on Dec. 14:
- Trades and related services: three cases
- Two manufacturing or industrial workplace: eight cases at one, four at the other
- Food processing workplace: three cases
- Construction setting: two cases
The region’s online COVID-19 dashboard showed some details in a 24-hour summary on its page, but the dashboard itself was experiencing a technological issue that caused it not to load properly.
The issue appeared to be resolved by about 3 p.m.