15 new COVID-19 cases reported in the Waterloo region on Wednesday | The Canadian News

Waterloo Public Health reported 15 new positive tests for the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the area to 19,286.

The agency says 12 of those cases are from Monday, while another three are from earlier days.

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This is the lowest number of new cases reported in the area in three weeks, and it reduces the average number of new cases from seven days to 24.4.

For the second day in a row, no new COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the area, leaving the death toll at 292, including three victims this month.

Another 28 people were also cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases to 18,802.

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This leaves the area with 189 active COVID-19 cases, a big drop from the 202 reported on Monday.

Thirteen of those cases are people who are in area hospitals as a result of COVID-19, a number that includes nine patients who are in intensive care.

There are now six active outbreaks after one was declared at a construction site involving two people.

At the other end of things, the number of COVID-19 vaccines being carried out in the Waterloo region continues to decline.

The region’s vaccines task force says 840,486 vaccinations have now taken place in the area, 1,179 more than it announced Monday.

The agency says there are 411,458 residents who are now fully vaccinated, which is 980 more than it reported Monday.

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It says 69.87 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated, a number that rises to 81.14 percent when only those who are eligible are included.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 577 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 575,796.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said that of the new cases, 452 are in people who are not fully vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status, while 125 are in fully vaccinated people.

For comparison, last Tuesday 564 cases were reported.

Seven additional deaths were also announced on September 14, bringing the number of provincial deaths related to the virus to 9,624. Authorities said six of the deaths occurred in the past month, while one occurred more than a month ago and was added due to a data cleanup.

A total of 560,069 coronavirus cases are considered resolved, representing an increase of 683.

* With files from Ryan Rocca of Global News

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