Waterloo Public Health reports another COVID-19 death in as many days – Kitchener

For the second time in as many days, Waterloo Public Health reports a COVID-19-related death in the region.

“Today, we report a death in our community related to COVID-19. The person was a man in his 70s,” said Dr. Julie Emili, associate health worker.

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“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the individual’s family and loved ones.”

There have now been 305 COVID-19-related deaths in the area since the pandemic began, including the two during the first three days of November. Only four victims were announced last month.

Waterloo Public Health also reported a further 16 positive tests for coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the area to 20,163.

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This raises the rolling seven-day average number of new daily cases to 18. One week ago, the figure was 12.

A further 21 people were also cleared of the virus, pushing the total number of resolved cases up to 19,730.

This leaves the area with 127 active COVID-19 cases, down from 140 on Monday.

The area’s hospitals have nine patients suffering from COVID-19, two of whom are in need of intensive care.

The region still has eight active COVID-19 outbreaks after one was declared at Cedar Creek Public School in Ayr, while another has ended up at Breslau Public School.

On the other hand, Waterloo Public Health says that 897,205 COVID-19 vaccinations have now been carried out in the region, which is 669 more than was reported on Tuesday.

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In addition, 445,549 people are now fully vaccinated, which is an increase of 384 compared to what was reported 24 hours earlier.

This means that 75.66 percent of the residents in the area are now fully vaccinated, a figure that rises to 87.86 percent when answering those under 12 who are not eligible to be vaccinated.

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Ontario reports 378 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more deaths

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 378 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a slight increase from a week ago. The total provincial case is now at 601,086.

Of the 378 newly registered cases, the data showed that 186 were unvaccinated persons, 12 were partially vaccinated, 142 were fully vaccinated and for 41 persons vaccination status was unknown.

According to Wednesday’s report, 64 cases were recorded in Toronto, 41 in the York region, 32 in Niagara, 26 in Simcoe Muskoka, 23 in Hamilton, 21 in Windsor-Essex and 20 in Ottawa. All other local public health units reported fewer than 20 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,886 when five new deaths were recorded.

—With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

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