Waterloo region records COVID-19 death, 12 cases Tuesday as active infections decline – .

Waterloo region records COVID-19 death, 12 cases Tuesday as active infections decline – .

WATERLOO – Waterloo region health officials recorded one death from COVID-19 and 12 new cases on Tuesday.

Public health said the latest death was a man in his 50s.

Meanwhile, active cases and hospitalizations in the area have declined over the past 24 hours.

There are now 164 active cases of COVID-19 in the Waterloo region.

In the region, 23 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 27 on Monday. There are also three fewer people receiving treatment in the region’s intensive care units, up to 13.

The latest cases in Tuesday’s report bring Waterloo region’s cumulative caseload to 18,211, with 17,756 resolved infections and 281 deaths.

Two more active outbreaks have been reported in the past day, now up to 12.

In Tuesday’s update, health officials confirmed more than 100 COVID-19 infections as variant cases of concern, with most being the Delta variant, bringing the total number of variant cases to 4,507.

There are now over 1,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of the Delta variant in the Waterloo region.

The distribution of the variants in the region is as follows:

  • 3,122 are the Alpha variant, first identified in the UK and originally known as B.1.1.7
  • 21 are the beta variant, originally detected in South Africa and previously referred to as B.1.315
  • 96 are the Gamma variant, initially discovered in Brazil and labeled P.1
  • 1,009 are the Delta variant, first found in India and previously referred to as B.1.617
  • 259 cases have had a mutation detected, but have not yet confirmed a variant strain

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have processed 535,717 COVID-19 tests. The Waterloo region’s positivity rate on Tuesday stood at 2.7%. The reproduction rate of the virus is 0.8.

The seven-day moving average rate of cases per 100,000 is 3.7.

Health partners in the region administered an additional 5,172 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, bringing the total number of gun shots to 708,992.

Over 59.7% of the eligible population is fully immunized, while 80.7% of residents 12 years and older have received at least one dose.

Across Ontario, two deaths and 127 cases were reported on Tuesday.

The seven-day moving average now stands at 152, down from 170 a week ago.

The province-wide positivity rate stands at 0.9%, according to the Department of Health.

There are now 1,354 active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.

With files from CTV Toronto.


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