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Region adds 17 COVID-19 cases

Active cases have climbed to 150
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Region of Waterloo Public Health added 17 more coronavirus cases to its dashboard on Wednesday.

It means there have been 1,653 total cases here since March.

A majority of the new cases are the result of close contact with another positive case.

Here are some other updates from the region's COVID-19 summary:

  • 150 cases are active, but no one is currently receiving treatment in a local hospital
  • 1,383 resolved cases (84 per cent)
  • There are now ten outbreaks, three are in childcare centres - Inspiring Minds Early Learning Centre, YWCA KW St. Paul Childcare, and FunCare Learning Centre
  • 120 local deaths have been linked to the virus. No additional deaths have been reported since August 21
  • 85,365 tests have been done (positive results in 1.9 per cent)

There are also ten cases in students who attend the region's elementary and secondary schools - the latest were confirmed Tuesday at Cameron Heights Collegiate (two students), Preston High School (one student), and Forest Hill Public School (one student).

During a media briefing on Tuesday, the region's acting medical officer of health confirmed we are in the second wave of the coronavirus.

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said she expects cases and outbreaks will escalate for at least a few weeks, adding we must continue to follow the guidance of public health by keeping small social circles, physical distancing, wearing a face covering, and continuing to wash our hands often.

Below is the provincial COVID-19 breakdown for Wednesday:

  • 48,087 total cases (335 new)
  • 88 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus
  • 41,600 resolved cases (86.5 per cent)
  • 3.64 million tests have been completed
  • 2,835 deaths (three new)

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