Three charged for 100-person house party in Waterloo as COVID-19 cases rise
KITCHENER -- Three people have been charged after more than 100 students had to be dispersed from a party in Waterloo.
In a news release, police said they were called to a Hickory Street West address at about 10 p.m. on Monday. By-law officers charged three people under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act as a result.
Bylaw officials with the City of Waterloo said there were around 150 people on the property.
"Total with all costs included, it's $880 per person," said Shayne Turner, director of municipal enforcement services.
Student Allison Chavez said she thinks the fine should be bigger.
"It's really scary because we're in the middle of a pandemic, but that's going to be really hard if people don't follow social distance protocols," she said.
News of the charges comes as Region of Waterloo Public Health officials reported five more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang addressed the party during a Tuesday morning media briefing, and suggested there may have been others as more university students return to the region.
"I was disappointed to learn about the large gatherings that were happening over the weekend in the university district," Dr. Wang said.
Still, she acknowledged that most people have been responsible throughout the pandemic. She pointed to the St. Patrick's Day party on Ezra Avenue back in March and how most people stayed away from it.
There have now been 1,475 positive cases in the region, including 1,323 resolved ones and 120 deaths.
That leaves 32 active cases, up five from the region's update on Monday. None of those cases are in hospitalized, but 251 have been hospitalized with the disease at some point.
There are still three active outbreaks in Waterloo Region, as well.
At the Village of University Gates long-term care home, one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. It's the same story at Conestoga Lodge retirement home.
A. R. Goudie long-term care home has also reported one case, but theirs was in a resident of the home.
More than 72,000 tests for COVID-19 have been done since the pandemic began.
Across the province, the number of cases continued to rise, as well. Over the last two days, nearly 400 new cases were reported in Ontario.
The number of cases includes 190 infections logged, but not released, on Monday as well as another 185 recorded on Tuesday.
The last time the daily infection case count neared the 200 mark was back on July 24.
Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Tuesday that 48 of Tuesday's cases were in Toronto, 42 were in Peel Region and 37 in Ottawa.
The province processed nearly 45,000 tests over the past two days, she said.