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Over 90% of eligible Waterloo Region residents have had 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine – 915thebeat.com

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Waterloo Public Health reported that 90.04 per cent of eligible Waterloo Region residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This number falls to 77.53 per cent when including those who are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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The agency says that 85.79 per cent of all residents have had two jabs of vaccine, which drops to 73.88 per cent of the population when the ineligible are included.

Waterloo Public Health says that 435,053 residents are now fully vaccinated, 847 more than it reported on Wednesday.

Once another 21,328 residents are fully vaccinated, the region will reach the 90 per cent mark.

On the flip side, there were another 14 positive tests reported in Waterloo Region, lifting the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 19,875.

This drops the rolling seven-day average number of new cases to 12.9.

Another 20 people were also cleared of the virus, lifting the total number of resolved cases in the area to 19,461.

There has not been a new COVID-19-related death reported in the area since Oct. 3, with the death toll remaining at 300, including one victim in October.

This leaves the area with 111 active COVID-19 vases, which is also the lowest total that has been reported since July.

Seven of those people are in area hospitals as a result of the virus, including three patients who are in intensive care.

There are now six active COVID-19 outbreaks after one was declared at Sir John A Macdonald Secondary School in Waterloo, while others came to an end at J F Carmichael Public School in Kitchener and Woodland Christian High School in Breslau.

Of the six remaining outbreaks, four involve schools while another involves a daycare.

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Ontario reports 306 new COVID-19 cases, as seven-day average continues to drop

Elsewhere, Ontario reported 306 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the smallest daily increase since early August. The provincial case total now stands at 593,020.

Wednesday’s case count is the lowest seen since Aug. 5 when 213 new cases were recorded.

Of the new cases recorded, the data showed 177 were unvaccinated people, 14 were partially vaccinated people, 104 were fully vaccinated people and for 11 people, the vaccination status was unknown.

According to Wednesday’s report, 68 cases were recorded in Toronto, 32 in Windsor-Essex, 29 in York Region, 20 in Ottawa, 18 in Peel Region, and 17 in Niagara Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 15 new cases in the provincial report.

— with files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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RELEASE: COVID concerns at Signal Brewery – Quinte News

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Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) is advising individuals who attended Signal Brewery (Corbyville) between November 19 – December 4 that they may have had an exposure to COVID-19. HPEPH is in the process of investigating multiple cases of COVID-19 that were present at the restaurant during this time frame. Signal Brewery has closed voluntarily while the investigation is underway.

All individuals who attended Signal Brewery between November 19 – December 4 are:

  • Advised to seek testing immediately for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms.
    • Book an appointment online for the Belleville or Trenton testing centre. You can also call 613-961-5544).
    • For other testing options, please visit hpepublichealth.ca/getting-tested-for-covid-19/
    • When seeking testing, please provide investigation number 2238-2021-51372 to the testing centre.
  • Monitor closely for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If symptoms develop, even mild ones such as a runny nose or sore throat, isolate at home and away from others, and seek testing again, even if you were negative the first time.

While HPEPH does not typically disclose the location of COVID-19 cases in order to protect individuals’ privacy, this information is disclosed when needed to meet public health objectives such as prompt notification of potential contacts and reducing the risk of further transmission. HPEPH is in the process of contacting identified high-risk contacts related to these cases. All high-risk contacts will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested.

“I am urging individuals who attended Signal Brewery on these dates to seek testing, even if they do not have symptoms, in order to protect those around them,” says Dr. Ethan Toumishey, Acting Medical Officer of Health at HPEPH. “All residents are asked to remain vigilant and protect one another – and this includes getting tested if advised, staying home and getting tested if you have symptoms, and limiting your close contacts. If you are not vaccinated, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

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WECHU issues additional COVID-19 measures | CTV News – CTV News Windsor

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has issued a letter of instruction, aiming to address a surge in COVID-19 cases.

With cases of COVID-19 climbing steadily in the past month, local health officials say they are once again putting in place restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to the health unit, the updated letter addresses the key settings associated with COVID-19 transmission identified through ongoing case investigations, which have identified social gatherings as an area of significant concern.

In particular, the revised Letter of Instruction contains the following additional measures:

  • Social gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors.
  • Added measures for wedding receptions and the social events tied to funerals and religious services.
  • Limiting indoor capacity for bars and restaurants to 50% of their total occupancy.
  • Strict adherence to face covering requirements in all public settings.

Without further intervention, WECHU Medical Officer of Health Dr. Shanker Nesathurai believes cases can reach levels similar to those seen at the same time last year.

“We are very worried that we are already seeing this surge of cases in advance of the holiday season and its associated social gatherings,” said Nesathurai. “Immediate action needs to be taken by all residents to address the known sources of transmission which are social gatherings, both in homes and in the community.”

The updated changes go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. 

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