There have now been 1,636 cases of COVID-19 in the region, including 1,374 resolved cases and 120 deaths. This leaves 142 known active cases in the region, a number which also continues to climb; as of September 1, there were only 42 active cases in the region.
Waterloo Region’s top doctor told a news conference on Tuesday that it was the start of Waterloo Region’s second wave.
“We have launched a new wave of COVID-19 in our community,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Hsiu-Li Wang said during the briefing.
“I expect our cases and epidemics to continue to escalate for at least a few weeks. ”
Among the active cases, there are none in the hospital. To date, 251 people have been hospitalized with the disease at any given time, including 60 who required ICU care.
Public health officials also declared another outbreak at an area long-term care home after a member of staff in the village of Winston Park tested positive for the disease.
There are still seven other active outbreaks in the region:
- Lanark Heights LTC, reported on September 19, two cases in staff
Village of University Gates LTC, declared on September 5, a case in the staff
Two gathering places, with two active cases in staff
A gymnasium, where three cases have been reported
A food and beverage service, where two cases have been reported
Along with the increase in cases, there has also been an increase in testing. The region reported that 3,699 more tests had been carried out since Friday, for an average of about 925 per day. There have been 85,365 tests carried out in the region since the start of the pandemic.
Province-wide, the number of new cases rose to 478, the largest single-day increase in Ontario since May 2, when 511 cases were reported.
Minister of Health Christine Elliott said in a tweet 153 of the new cases were identified in Toronto, including 95 in Peel Region and 90 in Ottawa.
Elliott said 32,400 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours. By comparison, the number of tests processed by Ontario on May 2 was about half that number, or 16,305.