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Region adds 63 new COVID cases Thursday

70 per cent of adults in the region have also now received at least one dose of the vaccine
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Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 63 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. That compares with 57 on Wednesday.

It puts the overall total at 16,401.

The active caseload has also climbed to 383.

34 people are receiving treatment in hospital --- 23 are in intensive care.

Over 379,000 residents of Waterloo Region (18+) have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which works out to over 70 per cent. 36,000 plus residents (7.81 per cent) have been fully vaccinated.

Here are some other updates from the region's dashboard: 

  • 3,403 cases have screened positive for variants of concern - 3,012 are the Alpha variant (first found in U.K.) - seven are linked to the Beta variant (first detected in South Africa) - 14 are linked to the Delta strain (first located in India) - 60 are linked to the Gamma variant (first found in Brazil) - 310 cases where a mutation has been detected
  • The local death toll is at 258. No new deaths were reported Thursday
  • 15,751 resolved cases (96 per cent)
  • Over 497,000 tests have been done

There are currently five active outbreaks in the region:

  • NEW Trillium Bilingual Montessori School Child Care (two cases)
  • Waterloo Regional Police - Central Division (two cases)
  • Congregate setting 42 - multiple locations (36 cases)
  • Food and beverage services 18 (two cases)
  • Forest Heights long-term care - Hewson Unit (two cases in residents, five in staff)

Meantime, the province reported 590 cases on Thursday.

The rest of the provincial COVID-19 totals are posted below:

  • 1.39 million vaccinations have been completed - 10.62 million doses have been administered
  • 538,077 total cases
  • 522,682 resolved cases
  • 516 people are in hospital - 450 are in intensive care - 291 are on a ventilator
  • 8,931 deaths (11 new)
  • 31,423 tests completed Wednesday - 15.48 million since January 15, 2020
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