Waterloo Public Health reported 99 new positive tests for the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 21,634.
This is the highest one-day total the agency has announced since April, when the region was slowly emerging from the fourth wave of the pandemic.
It also raises the area’s seven-day moving average of new cases to 58.4, a number that stood at 37.4 just seven days earlier.
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For the second day in a row, the agency also reported a new COVID-19 related death.
“Today we are reporting a death in our community related to COVID-19,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Health Officer.
“The individual was a woman in her 70s. I wish to express my condolences to the family and loved ones of this person. “
This brings the death toll in the area to 311, including the four victims reported this month.
Another 46 people were eliminated from the virus, bringing the number of resolved cases in the area to 20,834.
The region now has 483 active COVID-19 cases, the highest total reported since June.
This number includes 12 people who are in area hospitals as a result of COVID-19, four of whom are in need of intensive care.
The area now has 17 active COVID-19 outbreaks after new ones were declared at Saint Augustine Catholic School in Cambridge and St. Mary High School in Kitchener.
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The two outbreaks involving Cambridge hockey clubs have increased, the one involving the Cambridge Roadrunners increased from 20 to 22 cases and the other involving the Hespeler Shamrocks increased from 13 to 15 cases.
Waterloo Public Health reported that 966,640 vaccinations have now been made in the area, which is 3,792 more than it announced Tuesday.
This number appears to be driven primarily by those receiving a third dose of the vaccine, as 44,017 residents have done so now, which is 3,365 more than a day earlier.
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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 1,808 new COVID cases on Wednesday, the highest total in a day since May, as counts continue to climb. The total number of provincial cases now stands at 636,920.
By comparison, last Wednesday it saw 1,009 new cases and the previous Wednesday 780. During the last three days, 1,429 new cases were reported on Tuesday, 1,536 on Monday and 1,476 on Sunday. Wednesday’s count is the biggest increase since May 21, when 1,890 new cases were recorded.
However, as infections increase, COVID-19 patients in intensive care units have remained relatively stable and are down from the day before.
Of the 1,808 new cases registered, the data showed that 625 were unvaccinated, 39 were partially vaccinated, 1,046 were fully vaccinated, and the vaccination status of 98 people was unknown.
According to Wednesday report, 343 cases were recorded in Toronto, 149 in the York region, 134 in the Kingston area, 132 in the Peel region, 117 in Ottawa, 114 in Simcoe Muskoka and 112 in the Halton region. All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.
The death toll in the province has risen to 10,093, as nine more deaths were reported.
– with files from Gabby Rodrigues of Global News
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