A good change of pace when it comes to daily COVID-19 cases in our region.
Region of Waterloo Public Health is reporting five new cases of the virus, with no additional cases added to any previous day.
It's the first non-double digit daily increase reported since September 16, and the first time the active case count has dropped since September 4.
All the new cases reported are under the age of 40.
There have now been 1,676 cases of the virus reported since March, with 1,407 (83.9 per cent) resolved.
There are 149 cases active, and there has been no new COVID-19 related deaths in over a month, with that figure staying at 120 for another day.
Our region's hospitals are still dealing with no COVID-19 patients.
One new case is a staff member at a congregate setting home that is currently in outbreak. And two more cases are connected to an outbreak at a food and beverage service facility.
There are still nine outbreaks declared in the region, including three childcare centres.
Just over 2,200 tests were added to the dashboard, bringing the region's total to 87,576 since the start of the pandemic.
That's a positive test rate of 1.9 per cent.
Below is the provincial COVID-19 breakdown for Friday:
- 48,905 total cases (409 new)
- 87 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus
- 42,169 resolved cases (86.2 per cent)
- 3.72 million tests have been completed
- 2,837 deaths (one new)
The provincial health minister says 204 of the new cases are in Toronto, and 65 per cent of all new cases are under the age of 40.