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Local COVID-19 rates still in line with red zone: Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang says Waterloo Region is in a precarious situation
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COVID-19 rates in Waterloo Region remain firmly in line with the 'Red-Control' level of the province's reopening framework.

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, made the remarks at a virtual Board of Health meeting on Wednesday. 

"Weekly incidence is up slightly again and sits between 55 and 60 cases per 100,000 population. Throughout the month of February, the incidence rate has fluctuated between 45 and 60 cases per 100,000 population per week."

Dr. Wang said while that is 'somewhat stable', it's still a high rate. 

She added local variant of concern trends are increasing. 

"Between February 22 and 28, based on interim data, our weekly percent positivity in our area is approximately 20 per cent. So the growth of variants, both provincially and locally, is in line with what provincial modelling had projected, so the takeaway is that they will continue to grow."

Dr. Wang said the situation in Waterloo Region is very precarious, but we can slow the growth by working together and following public health guidelines. 

"Our individual actions matter, and we each play an important role in protecting ourselves and one another."

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