Waterloo Region officials report 54 new COVID-19 cases
KITCHENER -- Health officials in Waterloo Region reported another 54 COVID-19 cases on Friday.
That brings the total number of cases in the region to 14,621 to date. That includes 13,853 recoveries and 253 deaths, the region's COVID-19 dashboard shows.
So far, 2,262 cases have screened positive for a variant of concern, including 1,973 confirmed as the B.1.1.7 variant, two as the B.1.351 variant and 16 as the P.1 variant.
There are 498 active COVID-19 cases in the region.
As of Friday, there are 52 people receiving treatment for COVID-19 in hospital, including 37 in the ICU.
There are 13 active outbreaks in the region.
Regional partners have performed 471,802 COVID-19 tests to date.
The region's positivity rate sits at 5.7 per cent, and the reproductive rate is listed at 0.8.
Ontario reported 3,166 COVID-19 cases on Friday, but provincial officials said the data may be underreported. The province said there was a "technical issue" with data from Central East, Central West and Toronto.
So far, Ontario officials have reported 486,223 COVID-19 cases, including 444,342 recoveries and 8,236 deaths.