COVID-19 outbreaks declared at church in Kitchener, daycare in Elmira

Waterloo Public Health announced new COVID-19 outbreaks at a Kitchener church and daycare center in Elmira on Thursday.

There are five cases linked to the Apostolic Faith Mission outbreak, which crosses the threshold for Waterloo Public Health to identify the location of an outbreak.

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There are two cases related to the outbreak in the Jacob Hespeler childcare facility in Elmira – all daycare centers or schools that have outbreaks are named.

There are still 12 in the area, however, as others have run out of steam at an unnamed gym and Blair Road Public School.

Waterloo Public Health also announced a new COVID-19 death for the second straight day, bringing the death toll in the area to 307 people.

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“Today we are reporting a death in our community related to COVID-19,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, health officer. “The person was a man in his fifties.”

A man in his 70s was involved in Wednesday’s death.

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“I want to express my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of these people,” said Wang.

Waterloo Public Health reported an additional 24 tests positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 20,784.

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This brings the rolling seven-day average new cases in the region to 30.7. A week ago that number was 29.3.

Another 24 people were also cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases in the region to 20,245.

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This leaves the area with 230 active COVID-19 cases, two fewer than reported on Wednesday.

Waterloo Public Health reports that the area has now had 916,788 COVID-19 vaccinations, 1,425 more than reported on Wednesday.

A large chunk of it appears to have been people getting their third dose, as there were now 17,600 residents who did, 1,138 more than 24 hours previously announced.

From Friday there will be a moratorium on the third dose as the focus is on vaccinating children between the ages of five and eleven.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 748 new COVID-19 cases as the number continues to grow from week to week. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 614,270.

By comparison, there were 711 new cases last Thursday and 642 the previous Thursday. Similar test volumes in the range of 30,000 were recorded on all three Thursdays.

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Of the 748 newly recorded cases, the data showed that 356 were unvaccinated, 19 were partially vaccinated, 329 were fully vaccinated, and 44 people had unknown vaccination status.

According to Thursday’s report, 77 cases were recorded in Toronto, 57 in Windsor-Essex, 55 in Simcoe Muskoka, 48 in the Peel region, 45 in Ottawa and 43 in the York region. All other local health authorities reported fewer than 40 new cases in the provincial report.

The province’s death toll rose to 9,985 as four more deaths were reported.

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