Hospitals in Waterloo Region-Wellington have released their weekly update on the COVID-19 patients they are caring for.
As of Thursday morning, St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener had five infectious COVID patients.
But the hospital is also treating 12 other former COVID patients who are no longer infectious.
One patient is being treated at Grand River Hospital, and Cambridge Memorial has one COVID patient in intensive care. Guelph General Hospital also has two patients being treated for the virus.
The regional lead of the COVID-19 response says the majority of patients they are treating are either unvaccinated, or have received just one dose of the vaccine.
"What this tells us is that the vaccines work and when accompanied by public safety measures, are the key to preventing hospitalizations amongst those who do contract COVID. Watching what is happening in other provinces underscores why measures like masking and distancing continue to be important." said Lee Fairclough, president of St. Mary's General Hospital.
Fairclough says on top of COVID patients, hospitals are seeing record numbers of ER and other admissions. "By supporting all the public health measures in the community, it will help us continue to meet these increasing demands for both COVID and non-COVID care.”— Erin Anderson (@erinbailey_a) September 16, 2021