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Region reports 27 new COVID cases Saturday

One new outbreak has been declared today at an unnamed trades & related services workplace, while another outbreak has been declared over at a food processing workplace
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For the third straight day, new COVID-19 cases in Waterloo Region are 20 or above, with 27 new cases reported by the health department on Saturday. It raises the overall total to 18,391.

The active caseload is up to 142.

Hospitalizations have increased to 16 --- 11 are in intensive care.

Over 82 per cent of residents 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which works out to over 770,000 doses. Over 69 per cent of residents 12 and over have been fully vaccinated.

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

  • 4,750 cases have screened positive for variants of concern - 3,122 are the Alpha variant (first found in U.K.) - 21 are linked to the Beta variant (first detected in South Africa) - 1,253 are linked to the Delta strain (first located in India) - 96 are linked to the Gamma variant (first found in Brazil) - 258 cases where a mutation has been detected
  • The local death toll remains at 282. No new deaths were reported Saturday
  • 17,957 resolved cases (98 per cent)
  • Over 541,000 tests have been done

There are currently six active outbreaks in the region. Two are in workplaces:

  • NEW Trades and Related Services 21 (2 cases)
  • St. Mary's General Hospital - Fourth floor
  • Adventure 4 Change day camp - multiple cohorts (8 cases)
  • Manufacturing/industrial 40 (3 cases)
  • Grand River Hospital - 6 South
  • Congregate setting 5 (2 cases)

Meantime, the province reported 258 new cases on Saturday.

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

  • 8.98 million residents fully vaccinated --- 19.45 million doses have been administered
  • 550,436 total cases
  • 539,485 resolved cases
  • 105 people are in hospital - 112 are in intensive care (***This number includes patients who are in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) levels 2 and 3 flex, neonatal, pediatric and adult. It includes people who are on ventilators and people who are not***) - 83 are on a ventilator
  • 9,345 deaths (6 new)
  • 19,112 tests completed Friday --- Over 16.57 million since January 15, 2020
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