Waterloo Region Adds 61 New COVID-19 Cases Monday As Hospitalizations And Outbreaks Rise – .

Waterloo Region Adds 61 New COVID-19 Cases Monday As Hospitalizations And Outbreaks Rise – .

WATERLOO – Waterloo region health officials recorded 61 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, continuing the trend of an alarming increase in cases and hospitalizations in the community.

The new batch of cases brings the region’s total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 17,089, with 16,275 considered resolved, 530 considered active and 260 deaths.

A new death from COVID-19 was confirmed last weekend, with a woman in her 90s living in a long-term care home. The woman had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to health officials.

Hospitalizations have also increased in the past 24 hours, from three to 57. Of these, 22 people are receiving care in intensive care units in the region.

There are now 11 active COVID-19 outbreaks in the Waterloo region, most of which are workplace or facility outbreaks. On Monday, health officials announced an outbreak at the inpatient adult mental health unit at Grand River Hospital on the KW campus.


Three more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as variants of concern in Monday’s update, bringing the total number of variant cases to 3,565.

Confirmed cases of the Delta variant continue to grow in the Waterloo region, with health officials confirming late last week that Delta is now the dominant strain in the community.

The distribution of the Waterloo Region variants is as follows:

  • 3,069 are the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK and originally known as B.1.1.7
  • 11 are beta variants, originally detected in South Africa and previously referred to as B.1.315
  • 61 are the Gamma variant, initially discovered in Brazil and labeled P.1
  • 115 are the Delta variant, first found in India and previously referred to as B.1.617
  • 309 cases have had a mutation detected, but have not yet confirmed a variant strain


Meanwhile, Waterloo Region health partners administered an additional 5,730 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday. More than 466,994 jabs have been armed since the start of the vaccine deployment.

More than 74.9% of adults have now received at least one dose, while 18.98% of residents aged 18 and over are fully immunized.


Across Ontario, health officials recorded the smallest daily increase in COVID-19 infections since mid-September, adding 270 cases.

The province also recorded three more deaths in the past day, bringing the total death toll to 9,022.

Outside of Waterloo region, most new cases were in Peel, with 42, and Toronto with 47.

Monday’s new infections bring the total number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario to 542,469, including deaths and recoveries.

With files from CTV Toronto.


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