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Public Health reports 26 new cases of COVID-19
KITCHENER -- Region of Waterloo Public Health has reported another 26 cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the total to 58.
That number includes a total of 25 laboratory-confirmed cases, with another 33 presumptive positive cases.
The region first began reporting presumptive positive cases on their website on March 23.
Of the 58 cases to date, 11 are currently hospitalized. A total of 11 are being attributed to community transmission, while the transmission status for 16 cases are marked pending.
The ages of the new cases range greatly, with the first cases found in people under 20 to cases found in people in their 60s.
Officials added that two new cases are members of St. Mary's High School community.
Public Health says they'll no longer be reporting community exposure cases because they simply cannot keep up.
"The goal was to try to keep the community informed," said Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, acting Medical Officer of Health for the region. "Situations evolved rapidly and it no longer makes sense to maintain such a page."
On Monday, Public Health announced it would stop doing daily numbers updates, opting instead to post the latest cases on its website on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Acting Medical Officer Dr. Hsui-Li Wang said at the time that the presumptive cases were "very likely" to be laboratory-confirmed in the coming days.
On Wednesday, the Region of Waterloo and its municipalities declared a state of emergency in order to be able to react more quickly to the changing COVID-19 landscape.