Active outbreaks surge as Waterloo Region logs 50 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday
Waterloo Region logged 50 more COVID-19 cases Tuesday as active outbreaks of the disease jumped up to 18.
The new batch of cases comes at Waterloo Region hits a major milestone in its vaccine rollout, more with more than 75 per cent of adult residents having now received at least one dose.
Among the 50 new infections, 42 were dated for Tuesday, while the other eight were from previous reporting periods.
That brings Waterloo Regions cumulative caseload since the pandemic began to 17,139, including 16,331 resolved, 522 active and 260 deaths.
ACTIVE OUTBREAKS SPIKE
The number of active outbreaks in Waterloo Region rose by seven in the past 24 hours, with 18 outbreaks now confirmed.
The majority are workplace or facility outbreaks, while three current outbreaks are in congregate living settings.
There are currently 52 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Waterloo Region, with 21 of those people receiving care in area intensive care units.
POSITIVITY RATE DIPS SLIGHTLY
Health partners across the region completed another 3,812 COVID-19 tests since Friday. More than 511,142 tests have been processed since the pandemic began.
The region's positivity rate dropped slightly over the past few days, declining from 8.0 per cent on Friday to 6.4 per cent on Tuesday.
The reproductive rate of the virus also fell, dropping from 1.2 on Friday to 0.9 Tuesday.
The seven-day moving average rate of cases per 100,000 is 10.1. By comparison, the provincial case rate per 100,000 is 2.0.
VARIANTS OF CONCERN
Another two cases were confirmed as variants of concern in Tuesday's report, bringing the total number of variant cases to 3,567.
Health officials have confirmed the Delta variant is now the dominant strain in the community.
Waterloo Region's variant breakdown is as follows:
- 3,070 are the Alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom and originally known as B.1.1.7
- 11 are Beta variant, originally detected in South Africa and previously referred as B.1.315
- 61 are the Gamma variant, initially discovered in Brazil and labelled as P.1
- 116 are the Delta variant, first found in India and previous called B.1.617
- 309 cases have had a mutation detected, but have not yet had a variant strain confirmed
Another 7,302 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered on Monday, bringing the total number of jabs in arms in Waterloo Region to 474,314.
About 75.17 per cent of adults in the region have now received at least one dose, while 20.16 per cent of residents 18 and older are fully vaccinated.
As of Wednesday, residents who received their first shot of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30 are eligible to book an earlier second dose appointment. The Region of Waterloo is also launching an update booking portal on Wedensday.
Ontario reported 296 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday, bringing the province's cumulative caseload to 542,764, including 9,082 deaths and 530,434 recoveries.
Health officials reported 60 more COVID-19-related deaths, however, 54 of those are from previous months. A data clean-up is behind the reporting delay.
The seven-day rolling average for the number of cases reported in Ontario sits at 334. Last week, that number was 478.
With files from CTV Toronto.
Kitchener Top Stories
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
After the most expensive election in Canadian history resulted in little change politically, many are asking whether it was worth the $610-million price tag and where else that money could have been spent.
Inside hospitals across Saskatchewan, which has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, health-care workers are reporting a worsening crisis, with record-breaking COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing the health-care system to the brink.
Long-term care outbreaks are rising, and provinces have different strategies for keeping COVID-19 out
As the fourth wave continues across Canada and community spread climbs, outbreaks are also on the rise inside Canada’s long-term care homes, leading experts to stress the importance of staff being vaccinated — an issue which varies province to province.
The boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, was charged with unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continued looking for him Thursday in Florida swampland.
British actor Tom Felton, known for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy in the 'Harry Potter' movies, collapsed while playing a celebrity golf exhibition Thursday at the Ryder Cup.
Canadian fashion model Linda Evangelista says she's been left 'permanently deformed' from a cosmetic procedure that she had approximately five years ago.
The corporate entities of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and SNC-Lavalin International Inc., as well as two former senior executives of the Quebec-based firms have been charged with a series of fraud and forgery offences by the RCMP.
Canada saw only a slight increase in the volume of foreign nationals entering the country in the first week after the border opened to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
An Ontario mother, who had been holding a one-woman protest for the past week to try to get help with her son's autism care, will finally have her file looked at after a call from the social services minister.
Between flooded roads and flooded basements, London and surrounding regions were left drenched after a significant rain event rolled through the area.
The province has been alerted to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases detected among children in London and Middlesex County.
About 3,500 people tucked away their pandemic blues and hit the mud-soaked Delaware Speedway for Road to Rock the Park Thursday night.
One small business is battling crime hiller trying to stay afloat amidst the pandemic.
A fourth person has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Windsor, Ont. man whose remains were found on Walpole Island First Nation.
Several ageing or low-volume traffic signals across the City of Windsor have been recommended for removal.
One person suffered serious injuries following a collision in Springwater Thursday evening.
Significant rainfall has dampened the progress made in a Barrie community ravaged by an EF-2 tornado nearly two months ago.
Emergency crews are at the scene of a train derailment in McDougall, just north of Parry Sound, Thursday.
An investigation into the shooting of a white cow moose in northern Ontario last fall has been closed and officials say no charges will be laid.
A 17-year-old from Greater Sudbury has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing of a woman downtown last week.
CTV News has learned Timmins police have a suspect in custody after one person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Schumacher overnight.
Officers were sent to the home on Rue Dunkerque in Aylmer, Que. just after 2 p.m. Wednesday to carry out a "well-being check."
The hospital has announced that starting Monday, it will require proof of vaccination for visitors entering the hospital.
As of Wednesday, 95 per cent of employees at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre have met the first dose requirement.
An Ontario man who had a faulty gas metre and racked up at $1,000 bill says was shocked when the was told he would still have to pay the bill.
Someone in Ontario won more than $21 million in Wednesday’s LOTTO 6/49 draw but has yet to check their ticket.
Unvaccinated MPPs could be prevented from entering Queen’s Park when the legislature resumes in October unless they get tested for COVID-19.
After just a few hours of debate, Quebec's National Assembly voted unanimously Thursday evening to pass a new bill that would prohibit anti-vaccine protesters from demonstrating near schools, daycares, and hospitals -- an offence punishable by a fine of up to $12,000.
Quebec kids were at the heart of a heated exchange Thursday over language laws -- specifically, English-speaking kids and whether they're really leaving school with functional French.
Amid major staff shortages, Quebec will cut large cheques to health-care workers in a bid to strengthen a public network put under serious pressure by the pandemic.
The first twenty-four hours following New Brunswick's rollout of new pandemic restrictions have been rocky for some of the businesses tasked with enforcing the new rules.
Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting the province’s 95th death related to COVID-19, along with 41 new cases and 20 recoveries on Thursday, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 147.
Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with 35 recoveries, as the number of active cases in the province rises to 574.
A Manitoba critical care doctor and infectious diseases specialist remains cautiously optimistic when it comes to the impact of the fourth wave in Manitoba.
A multi-car crash on a Manitoba highway on Wednesday resulted in police arresting a driver on impaired driving and weapon charges.
Five businesses in Manitoba received tickets last week for not following public health orders.
Alberta reported 1,660 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths on Thursday.
Alberta Health is investigating whether an Edson party advertising itself as a “get COVID” event to build up natural immunity to the virus actually happened.
Some Calgary businesses say while the new city vaccination bylaw doesn't change what they do, it does ease some of the pressure on front line staff.
Alberta reported 1,660 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 new deaths on Thursday.
Two men were rushed to hospital after an apparent drive-by shooting in south Edmonton Thursday night.
While five front-running mayoral candidates faced off in a forum Thursday afternoon, the other candidate, Mike Nickel, was serving hot dogs in the parking lot of his campaign office.
A possible loophole in B.C.’s vaccine card registration system is making the rounds on social media.
The Vancouver Canucks are banking on the capacity limits at Rogers Arena being lifted in time for the regular season home opener.
In a significant upset, the long-time Conservative incumbent in Richmond Centre has lost her seat to a political newcomer, according to the CTV News Decision Desk.