Region of Waterloo posts largest increase in coronavirus cases


The Waterloo region experienced its biggest jump in a day in the total number of new coronavirus cases to date, while Public Health confirmed 17 more on Friday.

The agency reports that 148 people in the region have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus outbreaks reported in 3 other long-term care homes in the Waterloo region

The jump of 17 people exceeds the 15 new cases announced Thursday, a brand that also occurred on March 23.

As we find that cases continue to increase across Ontario, we should expect that we will also continue to have new ones in the Waterloo region for some time. ” Waterloo Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, the region’s acting medical health officer, said Friday morning at a media availability. “So we should expect to see more cases, more hospitalizations, more patients who will need ICU care.”

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Initially, the agency’s website said that there were no new cases in long-term care homes, but soon after, it was updated to note that a third resident had been infected at High View Residences, as well as a second Sunnyside Home employee and a staff member from Chartwell Westmount.

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Given what we have seen elsewhere in the province, we should expect to see the number of homes affected by the epidemic and the number of cases increasing here also locally, “said Wang.

Wang says she does not believe we are on the verge of an end to the pandemic, although she believes the measures in place have had a positive effect.

“This does not mean that our efforts as a community to date have had no impact,” she said. “I believe it is and it has prevented many cases, hospitalizations and deaths that we would have otherwise seen. ”

The agency updates its website on weekdays and Friday’s update shows that no cases have been resolved since the previous one.

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Thirty-six of the 148 cases concern people working in the health field. Of the 119 unresolved cases, 22 are currently hospitalized.

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To date, the region has completed a total of 2,242 tests. A total of 427 tests are still awaiting results while 1 667 returned negative.

The province confirmed 462 new cases on Friday, bringing Ontario’s total to 3,255.

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