Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted that Waterloo region outperforms both Toronto region and Peel region. While citing 95 new cases of COVID-19, the Region of Waterloo Public Health has reported 63.
This is because the province uses a different reporting template than our community. Both represent 24-hour periods, but data from Waterloo Region Public Health is the most up-to-date.
Regardless, Thursday’s figure was still higher than Toronto’s number of 35, and Peel Region only saw 20 reported cases.
Ontario also announced Thursday that most of the province will move to Stage 2 of the reopening on June 30.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Hsiu-Li Wang said the Waterloo region would not follow due to COVID-19 trends and the worrying Delta variant circulation.
She said we need more time to get more vaccines up and running and Waterloo Region should be able to move to Stage 2 by mid-July.
Premier Doug Ford made a written statement Thursday afternoon. He insisted that the province is doing everything possible to support the Waterloo region, including providing more vaccine doses and mobile teams.
You can read the full statement below.
“Today, I spoke with Regional President Karen Redman and Waterloo Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Wang, about the challenges Waterloo Region faces, particularly their struggle with the Delta Variant.
The province is doing everything it can to support the Waterloo region at this time and has allocated more than 44,000 additional vaccines to the region. We also provide a mobile team capable of administering more than 500 doses per day in high priority areas.
We will continue to be there for the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and provide the local public health unit with additional vaccines and resources if needed.
Each day Ontario moves closer and closer to defeating this virus, and we will not rest until every corner of our province can reopen and resume life as we knew it before COVID-19. “
In an update late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Premier Ford said that in addition to the mobile team mentioned in the above statement, another team will be deployed to the region of Waterloo early next week.