Waterloo region reports another COVID-19 death as death toll reaches 321 | The Canadian News

For the third time in four days, Waterloo Public Health is reporting a COVID-19-related death in the region, bringing the death toll in the area to 321, including eight victims this month.

“Today we are reporting a death in our community related to COVID-19. The individual was a female in her 90s,” said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, a medical officer of health.

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“I wish to express my deepest condolences to the family of this individual.”

The victim was a resident of Nithview Home in New Hamburg, where an outbreak of COVID-19 was declared on January 5, which has been linked to 10 staff members and six residents.

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It is one of 64 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the area, with 32 currently connected to long-term care homes, 26 connected to congregate settings, and the remaining six in effect in hospitals.

There are also currently 99 patients in area hospitals suffering from COVID-19, including 15 who need intensive care.

Waterloo Public Health also announced another 583 positive tests for the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the area to 33,232.

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This brings the seven-day moving average number of new daily cases to 556.

The agency warns that due to the availability of testing, the case counts on its dashboard are likely to be lower than the actual number of cases in the Waterloo region.

Another 94 people were also cleared of the virus, bringing the total number of resolved cases in the area to 25,383.

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This means there are now 7,277 active cases of COVID-19 in the Waterloo region, up 480 from Wednesday as it heads to another all-time high.

Meanwhile, Waterloo Public Health reports that 1,166,259 COVID-19 vaccinations have now been performed in the area, which is an increase of 7,213 from Wednesday.

A good chunk of them still involve people getting a booster shot, with the number of people getting three doses rising by 6,732 to 220,993.

Additionally, another 459 area residents received a second dose bringing the total number to 465,237, meaning 76.87 percent of area residents are now fully vaccinated.

Elsewhere, Ontario reported Thursday that 3,630 people are hospitalized with COVID, though just over half of them were initially admitted due to complications with the virus.

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The Ontario government recently released data this week differentiating between those who were admitted to hospital due to COVID-related illness and incidental admissions.

Of the 3,630 people in hospital with COVID-19, which is an increase of 182 since yesterday, about 54 percent of them were admitted because of the virus, while about 46 percent were admitted for other reasons but tested positive. by COVID-19.

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Of the hospitalizations, the province also reported, there are 500 people in the ICU, five less than the previous day. Some 82 per cent of people in intensive care were admitted for COVID, while around 18 per cent were admitted for other reasons.

Hospitalizations of people with COVID in Ontario have reached an all-time high, up from 2,279 reported last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Ontario also reported 9,909 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, though that is an underestimate of the true widespread transmission of the virus due to recent testing restrictions. Total provincial cases now stand at 915,940.

The death toll in the province has risen to 10,480 as 35 more virus-related deaths were added in the past month.

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