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More than 400 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Waterloo region

More than 400 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Waterloo region, new numbers released Thursday show.

Region of Waterloo Public Health’s numbers revealed 418 cases have been marked as resolved. That’s up from 395 reported on Wednesday.

But the region’s death toll also continues to rise: 98 people in the region have died from COVID-19. Two of the new deaths reported Thursday were people who lived in long-term care homes.

The number of cases reported on Wednesday morning also rose to 887, up from 871 on Wednesday.

Also reported on Thursday:

  • There have been 8,166 tests done in the region.
  • 40 people are in hospital. This does not include people moved from Forest Heights long-term care home into area hospitals.
  • 269 of people presumed or confirmed positive are health-care workers, making up 30 per cent of cases.
  • There are active outbreaks in 12 long-term care, group and retirement homes.

Not everyone with symptoms is being tested for the virus. There are priority groups including health-care workers, frontline workers, their families and people living in long-term care, group and retirement homes.

The numbers are accurate as of 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Long-term home outbreaks

There are 12 active outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Waterloo region. An outbreak is declared when just one person living at a home or working there tests positive for COVID-19.

There is also one active outbreak at St. Mary’s General Hospital in the fifth floor medicine unit. All other outbreaks at hospitals have been declared over.

Outbreaks have been declared over at two more long-term care homes as of Wednesday: Chartwell Elmira and Highland Place retirement home in Kitchener.

See the full list of outbreaks.

Read more from today:

Chart: Long-term care and retirement home outbreaks

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