Another 20 new COVID-19 cases reported in Waterloo Region on Thursday

Waterloo Public Health reported 20 new positive tests for COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 20,057.

This is the highest announced one-day increase in over two weeks, bringing the seven-day rolling average of new daily cases to 13.6.

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The agency also reported that an additional 10 people were cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of cases resolved to 19,646.

No new COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday after one was revealed on Wednesday to a woman in her 40s, keeping the death toll at 303, including four victims this month.


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This means the area now has 107 active COVID-19 cases after that number dropped to 96 on Wednesday.

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Eleven of the people infected with COVID-19 are currently in nearby hospitals, three of these patients currently require intensive care.

Up to five active COVID-19 outbreaks have returned in the area after one was reported at the Galt Collegiate Institute in Cambridge, which involved two people. Two of the other four outbreaks are also related to schools in the area.

According to Waterloo Public Health, the region has now had 893,423 COVID-19 vaccinations, 804 more than reported on Wednesday.

In addition, 443,105 residents in the area are now fully vaccinated, 586 more than announced 24 hours earlier.

This means that 75.25 percent of all residents of the area are fully vaccinated, a number that increases to 87.38 percent if you subtract those who are not eligible for the vaccination.

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Ontario reports 409 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 409 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the province’s total to 598,840.

Of the 409 newly recorded cases, the data showed 220 unvaccinated individuals, 16 partially vaccinated individuals, 144 fully vaccinated individuals, and in 29 individuals the vaccination status was unknown.

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According to Thursday’s report, 54 cases were recorded in Toronto, 45 in the Peel region, 25 in the York region, 27 in Ottawa and 26 in Sudbury.

All other local health authorities reported 25 or fewer new cases in the provincial report.

The province’s death toll rose to 9,865 as three new deaths were recorded.

—With files from Jessica Patton of Global News

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