The news comes as two of Waterloo region’s three hospitals have had to send patients to London, Windsor and Hamilton to ease the pressure caused by a high number of people admitted with COVID-19. Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore announced on Friday that the province would further lift COVID-19 restrictions on July 16, five days earlier than originally planned.
“The plan is to move forward with the province. The measures I was looking for to start moving forward were stabilizing our situation and increasing vaccination rates and that is what we are seeing now, ”Wang said at a press briefing on Friday.
“We will continue to evaluate, but the plan is to keep moving forward. “
In a weekly email update, St. Mary’s General Hospital President Lee Fairclough said St. Mary’s had to send four patients out of the area while Grand River Hospital had to send two.
From Thursday :
- St. Mary’s General had 14 COVID-19 positive patients, including three in the intensive care unit.
- Cambridge Memorial Hospital had six COVID patients including five in intensive care.
- Grand River Hospital has reported seven COVID patients with fewer than five in intensive care.
- Guelph General Hospital has reported three COVID patients, including two in intensive care.
There are also additional patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 who remain in the hospital, although they are no longer infectious and were not included in the figures.
“Hospitals are still in a precarious position,” Fairclough said in a statement.
The Waterloo Region Public Health Scoreboard on Friday showed a drop in hospitalizations. There were 30 people hospitalized, a drop of 12 from Thursday, with 20 people in intensive care.
Wang said if case rates decline in the region, hospitalizations will also decrease.
“It is not unexpected what we are seeing in our hospitals right now, which is the pressure in our hospitals due to cases that have already happened and continue to come in,” Wang said.
She noted that the “big picture” was showing signs of stabilization and improvement.
Go to step 2
The area’s medical officer of health, Dr Hsiu-Li Wang, announced Thursday that the community will move to step 2 of the provincial reopening plan starting Monday at 12:01 am.
When asked why it was acceptable to move to Stage 2 given the high number of hospitalizations, Wang said the number of cases had stabilized.
“We will continue to have pressure in our hospital system for a while and the case rate will not go down right away,” she said. “There will be delta cases, clusters and outbreaks, but we are pushing back hard. “
Fairclough said hospitals “are hopeful that rising vaccination rates will soon begin to impact our daily count and our cases.”
80% of adults have the 1st dose
The region’s vaccine dashboard reported on Friday that 80% of people aged 18 and over in the region received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, 48 percent of people 18 years and older received two doses.
Still, the region hopes to see more weapon doses this weekend. The region has scheduled a vaccination clinic at the hockey center in Bingemans this weekend, where officials hope 20,000 people will receive their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Shirley Hilton, deputy chief of the Waterloo Regional Police Department and head of the immunization task force, said the weekend clinic in Bingemans is in addition to other regional clinics that will also be open, as well as pharmacies and to primary care physicians who deliver the vaccine.
Hilton said if the region continues to immunize people at the current rate, anyone who wants and can should be able to receive their second dose by the end of July.
46 new cases, 2 deaths
The region reported 46 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. There have also been two deaths linked to the virus: a man in his 60s and a man in his 80s.
There were 307 active cases.
There were 21 active households in the region:
- Workplaces: 10.
- Long-term care or retirement homes: Five.
- Hospitals: Three.
- Gathering settings: two.
- Independent living facilities: One.