Region of Waterloo reports first COVID-19 death in over a month
Healthcare worker Patricio Candia takes a nasal swab sample from a man at a new coronavirus testing site, outside a supermarket in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, June 27, 2020.(AP / Esteban Felix)
KITCHENER -- Another person has died from COVID-19 in Waterloo Region.
The region's dashboard shows that there were no new cases reported on Friday, while the total number of positive cases to date dropped by two.
"The change is due to continuous data quality improvement as a result of moving to the new data system," a public health spokesperson said in an email.
The region recently moved its reporting system to match Ontario's.
It's not the first time: in one instance, the region said they had transferred a case to another public health unit. Earlier this week, the region said its ongoing cleaning found duplicate cases, and the changes reflected that.
There have been a total of 1,437 cases of COVID-19 in the region to date, including 1,279 resolved cases and the aforementioned deaths. That leaves 38 active cases, of which two people are hospitalized with the disease.
Across the province, there were 131 new cases of COVID-19 reported, though Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter that, because of the lapse in reporting on Thursday, Friday's number is "an overestimation of daily counts."
There have now been a total of 41,179 cases of the disease reported in Ontario, including 37,397 recoveries and 2,796 deaths.