Region reports 6 new COVID-related deaths

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The Region of Waterloo is reporting six additional deaths over the past week related to COVID-19, bringing the region’s death toll to 450 since the start of the pandemic.

This is the first update for the region in several weeks which has seen an increase in the number of weekly deaths recorded. The previous three dashboard updates have all shown four new deaths each week.

Meanwhile, the number of active cases fell by 31 to 485 from the 516 the region recorded last week.

The number of active outbreaks in high-risk settings also fell by five.

Currently, there are 25 active outbreaks, including 14 in long-term care homes or retirement homes, one outbreak in a hospital and 10 in congregate settings – a category that includes shelters, group homes and correctional institutions.

The number of COVID-related hospitalizations has dropped in the region with 14 fewer people hospitalized. There are still 40 people in hospital linked to COVID.

The number of patients in intensive care has also decreased, with three fewer people in intensive care linked to COVID. This is down three since the last update on August 12.

The seven-day rolling average positivity is currently 19%.

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