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Region confirms 69 new COVID cases Friday

Marking the third day in a row there has been an increase
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For a third straight day, the health department in Waterloo Region is reporting an increase in new COVID-19 cases. 69 new ones were confirmed on Friday, two of the cases were added to previous daily totals.

It compares with 63 cases on Thursday, and 57 on Wednesday.

The overall total is now at 16,470.

32 people are in a local hospital being treated for the virus --- 19 are in intensive care.

The active caseload is up to 405.

Over 385,000 residents of Waterloo Region (18+) have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which works out to over 70 per cent. 40,000 plus residents (8.58 per cent) have been fully vaccinated.

Here are some other updates from the region's dashboard: 

  • 3,411 cases have screened positive for variants of concern - 3,015 are the Alpha variant (first found in U.K.) - 8 are linked to the Beta variant (first detected in South Africa) - 19 are linked to the Delta strain (first located in India) - 60 are linked to the Gamma variant (first found in Brazil) - 309 cases where a mutation has been detected
  • The local death toll is at 258. No new deaths were reported Friday
  • 15,799 resolved cases (96 per cent)
  • Over 501,000 tests have been done

There are currently four active outbreaks in the region:

  • NEW General office setting 13 (5 cases)
  • Trillium Bilingual Montessori School Child Care (2 cases)
  • Waterloo Regional Police - Central Division (2 cases)
  • Congregate setting 42 - multiple locations (47 cases)

Meantime, the province reported 574 cases on Friday.

The rest of the provincial COVID-19 totals are posted below:

  • 1.53 million residents fully vaccinated --- 10.82 million doses have been administered
  • 538,651 total cases
  • 523,532 resolved cases
  • 489 people are in hospital - 440 are in intensive care - 292 are on a ventilator
  • 8,935 deaths (4 new)
  • 28,949 tests completed Thursday --- 15.51 million since January 15, 2020
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