Waterloo Region will not enter Step 2 of reopening on June 30

According to Dr. Wang, the Waterloo area will be better able to provide a more accurate date for an anticipated transition to Step 2 in the coming weeks

PRESS RELEASE
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The Waterloo region will delay the transition to step 2 of the framework for reopening the province

Waterloo Region – Based on the current data and the local distribution of the Delta variant, the Waterloo Region will delay the transition to step 2 of the framework for the reopening of the province for the time being.

“To give our residents more time to vaccinate, to avoid stepping back, and based on our current situation, I expect the Waterloo area to move to stage 2 in mid-July,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, health officer. “This approach gives us the best chance of keeping the profits we have made.”

Dr. Wang added that in the coming weeks the Waterloo area will be better able to provide a more accurate date for an anticipated move to Step 2.

“I fully understand that interrupting our move to Step 2 will have a profound impact on many in our community,” said Regional President Karen Redman. “We are at one of the most critical stages of the pandemic on the ground and this decision is made with the health and safety of our entire community.”

Over 75% of residents aged 18 and over receive at least one dose of the vaccine and over 21% receive a second dose. Many more in the Waterloo area will receive their first and second doses by mid-July.

“Without the power of the vaccine and without thousands and thousands of our residents who get vaccinated in our clinics, pharmacies and general practitioners – our COVID-19 numbers would have grown exponentially in the last few weeks due to the Delta variant. “continued Dr. Wang.

“Maximizing the number of our residents who receive a first and then a second dose is our way out, and I urge all residents to have their first and second doses as soon as they are available. In addition to having regional clinics we have over 123 pharmacies in our region dispense vaccines and many general practitioners’ practices do the same. “

TO UPDATE:

Due to the high number of cases and the high hospital admission rates due to the spread of the delta variant, the Waterloo region is delaying the transition to stage 2 of the provincial framework.

Due to the variant, the region is recording more cases, including at work, at social gatherings and in the context of gatherings. There are currently 17 outbreaks in the Waterloo area, nine of which are related to workplace outbreaks.

Today 61 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 in the Waterloo area, including 24 in intensive care.

“This is the right decision for our health care system in the Waterloo area,” said Lee Fairclough, President of St. Mary’s General Hospital. “Hospitals are starting to send patients overseas due to a lack of local capacity, and this is a precarious situation. We want to protect our health system, resume urgently needed, delayed care and protect the health of our residents. Delaying a move to step 2 gives us the best opportunity to do so. “

“We are in a race against time and a race against the Delta variant,” said Karen Redman, Regional Chair. “The province has provided additional vaccines and we need the coming weeks not only to give the residents the first and second dose, but to use this time to build up immunity. These coming weeks will be crucial in the fight against COVID-19. “

“While the Waterloo Region remains under Step 1, it is recommended that all residents of the Waterloo Region limit all non-essential travel to communities outside the Waterloo Region,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health. “We also ask the residents to limit all close contacts exclusively to their household members or to another household.”

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