49 new COVID-19 cases reported in the Waterloo region, the total rises to 20,833 | The Canadian News

Waterloo Public Health reported an additional 49 positive tests for coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region to 20,833.

This brings the seven-day average of new cases to 32.1, a number that stood at 29.7 a week earlier.

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Another 31 people were also cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases in the area to 20,276.

For the first time in three days, no new COVID-19-related deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 307, including the four victims in November.

This leaves the area with 248 active COVID-19 cases, 18 more than those reported Thursday and 29 more than last Friday.

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There are 11 people in area hospitals as a result of COVID-19, including four people who are in intensive care.

The area has again shrunk to 11 active COVID-19 outbreaks after one connected to the Floradale Public School has come to an end.

On the other side of the ledger, Waterloo Public Health reported that 918,694 vaccines have now been made in the region, 1,706 more than it reported Thursday.

That number should start to rise rapidly again on Monday, as the region began administering the vaccine to people between the ages of five and 11 on Friday.

A total of 453,381 area residents are now fully vaccinated, a number that is just 286 more than was announced 24 hours earlier.

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Ontario Reports 927 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 More Deaths

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 927 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as counts continue to climb week after week, topping 900 for the first time since early September. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 615,197.

For comparison, last Friday saw 793 new cases and the previous Friday 598. All three Fridays saw similar test volumes in the 30,000 range.

Of the 927 new cases registered, the data showed that 467 were unvaccinated, 27 were partially vaccinated, 378 were fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of 55 people was unknown.

According to friday report, 129 cases were recorded in Toronto, 73 in Simcoe Muskoka, 62 in Windsor-Essex, 54 in the Peel region, 53 in Ottawa and 52 in the York region. All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 9,991, as six more deaths were reported.

– with files from Gabby Rodrigues of Global News

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