Recent cases of COVID-19 linked to travel, youth

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The local COVID-19 workload has remained stable over the past few weeks, but Waterloo Region Public Health has noticed a new trend in recent cases.In July alone, travel-related cases accounted for 18% of new confirmed coronavirus cases in the region.

Speaking to Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, Dr Ryan Van Meer said this serves as an important reminder of the risk associated with travel outside of Canada.

The most frequented country was the United States, according to the doctor, with seven people confirming the return of the virus to Canada. Five other cases involved individuals returning from India, and only one case involved an individual returning from the United Kingdom, Nicaragua and Pakistan.

Another trend that public health has noticed in the region is that new cases are mostly those 29 and under.

Dr Van Meer says that while the number of local cases has remained stable and low, he advises residents not to let go.

“As we continue to see encouraging trends in the community, the experience of other jurisdictions indicates that we must remain vigilant in our daily practices to avoid a further sudden increase in cases,” he said.

People are again reminded to wear face masks indoors or in crowded places, at a physical distance and to wash their hands with soap.

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