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

Waterloo Public Health reported another 36 positive tests for the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region to 20,400.

With a significant increase in the number of positive tests in the past week, the rolling 7-day average number of new cases rose to 27.6. A week ago it was 16.4.

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Another 24 people were also cleared of the virus as the number of solved cases in the region rose to 19,874.

It has been more than a week since Waterloo Public Health reported a new COVID-19 death, bringing the death toll in the region to 305, including two victims in November.

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There are now 219 active COVID-19 cases in the region, a number down from 128 a week earlier.

There are also 12 people in the surrounding hospitals suffering from COVID-19, including six in need of intensive care.

The area also now has 13 active COVID-19 outbreaks after one was declared at Preston Public School in Cambridge and another at a meeting place, while a third was declared at an unnamed place of worship.

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On the other end of the spectrum, Waterloo Public Health says the region has now had 905,652 vaccinations for COVID-19, up from 887 since Thursday’s report.

In addition, 449,242 residents of the area are now fully vaccinated, an increase of 389 from the previous 24 hours.

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That means 76.29 percent of the residents of the Waterloo area are now fully vaccinated, a number that increases to 88.59 percent if the ineligible people are factored out.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 598 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as the number of cases continues to grow from week to week. The total number of cases in the province now stands at 605,846.

By comparison, there were 563 new cases last Friday and 419 the previous Friday. There were similar test volumes in the range of 30,000 on all three Fridays.

Of the 598 newly recorded cases, the data showed 298 unvaccinated people, 24 partially vaccinated people, 222 fully vaccinated people, and 54 people had unknown vaccination status.

According to Friday’s report, 63 cases were recorded in Toronto, 55 in Simcoe Muskoka, 43 each in the Peel region and Windsor-Essex, 37 each in the Ottawa and Durham regions, 35 in Southwestern, 32 in the York region . All other local health authorities reported fewer than 30 new cases in the provincial report.

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The province’s death toll rose to 9,921 as five more deaths were recorded.

–With files from Gabby Rodrigues from Global News

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