No new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday as Ontario reports a slight increase
A health-care worker performs a test at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
KITCHENER -- After months of daily COVID-19 increases, Region of Waterloo Public Health officials have reported no cases of COVID-19 for the fourth time this week.
On Monday, the region reported no new cases for the first time since mid-March.
With just a single new travel-related case reported on Wednesday, it means that there have been no reported community transmissions of the virus since the weekend.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Waterloo Region remains at 1,385, including 1,231 resolved cases and 119 deaths.
That leaves 35 known active cases in Waterloo Region. Twelve of those cases are in hospital, the region's COVID-19 dashboard shows.
There is also one long-term care home that remains in outbreak: Columbia Forest LTC declared their outbreak on July 23 after a staff member tested positive for the virus.
On Friday, the region also updated its testing numbers, something it does on Tuesdays and Fridays.
To date, 52,326 COVID-19 tests have been done in the region. That's an increase of about 2,120 since Tuesday, or an average of about 706 per day.
COVID-19 cases trending down since region entered Stage 3
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Waterloo Region have trended down since the region entered Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan.
In the two weeks before the region entered Stage 3 on July 17, there were 39 cases of the virus, for an average of 2.78 cases per day.
The two weeks after July 17, the region reported 34 cases of the virus, for an average of 2.42 cases per day.
Since reopening, the region has seen its highest and lowest numbers of cases reported. Last week, there were days when officials reported six and nine cases. This week, on the other hand, there has been just one case of COVID-19, and it was not the result of community transmission.
Notably, the number of active cases has dropped from 52 to 39 since the region reported nine new cases on July 23.
Ontario sees uptick but overall numbers encouraging
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted on Friday morning that the province as a whole had reported 134 cases of COVID-19.
"While a slight uptick over the past two days, 38 of 34 PHUs (public health units) are reporting five or fewer cases, with 16 of them reporting no new cases," her tweet reads in part.
Fifty of the new cases were reported in Ottawa and Windsor-Essex, with 26 in the former. Elliott also reported that Ontario processed more than 30,000 tests for the virus.
Ontario also reported 168 more resolved cases on Friday, bringing down the number of active cases by 34.
There have now been a total of 39,209 cases of COVID-19 in the province, including 35,074 recovered cases and 2,775 deaths.