WATERLOO REGION – The incidence rate of COVID-19 in the region has continued to decline and has now reached its lowest level since early November.
According to the latest figures released by Waterloo Region Public Health on Saturday, the seven-day moving average rate of cases per 100,000 population fell to 2.9 cases per 100,000 on Saturday. Although it is still nearly triple the provincial rate of one case per 100,000, the last time the region had such a low incidence rate was on November 2.
The incidence rate in the region remains one of the highest in Ontario, however, with only three of the province’s 24 regions – Porcupine, Hamilton and Gray-Bruce – posting higher rates.
The number of positive cases in the region has increased by 14, to a total of 18,271 since the start of the pandemic.
Other indicators also showed positive trends.
The number of active cases dropped overnight from nine to 134.
The number of households has increased from 11 to nine.
The number of people treated for COVID in hospital remained stable at 13, while the number of people who died from the virus also remained unchanged at 282. Thirteen people were being treated in intensive care, a decrease of three from the standby.
The number of variants of concern remained stable at 4,579.
As of Friday, 81.26% of the region’s residents over the age of 12 had received at least one dose, while 63.75% had been fully immunized. Another 5,311 people received a vaccine on Friday.
A total of 537,724 tests were performed in the region.