21 new COVID-19 cases reported in Waterloo Region on Friday

Waterloo Public Health reported 21 more tests positive for the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in the region to 20,198.

This brings the rolling seven-day average number of new cases back down to 16.4.

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In addition, an additional 16 people were cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of cases resolved to 19,760.

And for the second straight year, no new COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in the region, bringing the death toll to 305, including two so far in November.

There are now 128 active COVID-19 cases in the region, including 10 people in local hospitals due to the virus, with three of those patients in need of intensive care.

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There are now nine active COVID-9 cases after one was reported at the École élémentaire L’Harmonie in Waterloo, where two people tested positive for the coronavirus.

On the other side of the ledger, Waterloo Public Health says the area has now had 899,027 vaccinations for COVID-19, an increase of 967 from Thursday’s number.

In addition, the agency says 446,481 residents of the area are now fully vaccinated, an increase from 428 from 24 hours earlier.

This means that 75.82 percent of area residents are now fully vaccinated, a number rising to 88.05 after subtracting those under 11 who are not eligible for vaccination.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 563 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the first time the number exceeded 500 in nearly four weeks. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 602,087.

For comparison: Last Friday there were 419 new cases and the previous Friday 492. All three Fridays had comparable test volumes in the range of 30,000. The last time the number of cases exceeded 500 was on October 10, when 535 new cases were registered.

Of the 563 newly recorded cases, the data showed 259 unvaccinated individuals, 15 partially vaccinated individuals, 249 fully vaccinated individuals, and 40 individuals had unknown vaccination status.

According to Friday’s report, 52 cases were recorded in the York region, 49 in Simcoe Muskoka, 44 each in Toronto, Peel region and Ottawa, 37 in Windsor-Essex, 29 in Southwestern and 28 in North Bay. All other local health authorities reported fewer than 25 new cases in the provincial report.

* With files from Gabby Rodrigues from Global News

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