Guelph’s public health unit reported eight new COVID-19 cases on Friday as the city’s total case count rose to 5,050.

The latest data shows that active cases in Guelph increased by three from the day before to 20, with another five recoveries.

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The total of resolved cases amounted to 4,985 and the death toll from coronavirus in the city remained at 45.

In Wellington County, three new cases have been confirmed, with the case count there now at 1,999.

Active cases have dropped to 20 in the county and five new recoveries have been reported. The death toll in the county related to the new coronavirus remains at 38.

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In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, there are five cases that are treated in a hospital, including two in intensive care.

The school boards of the Catholic districts of Upper Grand and Wellington are reporting five cases in five schools in Guelph and Wellington counties.

There is also a school-wide outbreak at École élémentaire catholique Saint-René-Goupil on Scottsdale Drive, where 18 students and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health will include children who turn 12 in 2021 in its population eligible to receive a vaccine.

That means 83.4 percent of eligible residents are now considered fully vaccinated, while 87.3 percent have received a dose of the vaccine.

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In Guelph, 88.8% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated and 92.7% are partially vaccinated, while in Wellington County, 76.4% are fully vaccinated and 79.8% have received a dose.

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So far this week, around 3,000 vaccine injections have been administered, including just under 900 first doses, about 1,400 second doses and around 700 third doses.

Third doses are offered to specific high-risk groups, such as organ transplant recipients and residents of high-risk congregated settings.

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Public health is publishing COVID-19 vaccination rates within local high schools.

As of Friday, 78.6 percent of high school students on the Upper Grand District School Board have been fully vaccinated, while 81.1 percent have received two doses on the Wellington Catholic District School Board.

Upper Grand says 87.3 percent of its permanent employees have attested to be fully vaccinated as of Oct. 6, while Wellington Catholic says 88.3 percent have attested to be fully vaccinated as of Sept. 29.

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