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Waterloo Region reports 35 new COVID-19 cases, active ones drop to lowest since mid-November – CTV Toronto

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KITCHENER —
Region of Waterloo Public Health reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the number of active ones continued to drop.

According to the region’s online COVID-19 dashboard, there are now 316 active cases in the region. That’s the lowest number since Nov. 12 when public health officials reported there were 287.

The latest update brings the total number of positive cases in Waterloo Region to 10,182, including 9,642 resolved cases and 218 deaths.

Of the region’s active cases there are still 21 people in hospital with COVID-19, including seven in the intensive care unit.

Public health officials also reported one more outbreak on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active outbreaks to 28.

That number includes 16 in retirement and long-term care homes, six in workplaces, five in congregate settings, two in hospitals and one each in child-care settings, independent living facilities and schools.

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Across Ontario, public health officials reported fewer than 900 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

That’s the lowest single-day total since October, with one exception on Feb. 2 when an “underestimation” from a data issue caused officials to report 745 cases.

The province has now seen 288,583 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,729 deaths and 270,869 recoveries.

Health officials also say that 195,366 people have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and are now immunized against the disease.

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New COVID-19 measures take effect in 9 Ontario regions, 2 move into lockdown – CityNews Toronto

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New public health measures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 went into effect across nine Ontario regions Monday, including two that are heading into lockdown due to rising case counts.

The Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka health units have seen infections rising in recent days, driven in part by transmission of more infectious variants of the virus.

The province activated what it describes as an “emergency break” for those districts, moving them to the grey tier of Ontario’s colour-coded pandemic response plan.

The move will impose a variety of more stringent public health measures in those regions, including capping most indoor gatherings at 10 people, closing restaurants to in-person service and forcing non-essential retailers to operate at 25-per-cent capacity.


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Seven other public health units will be easing restrictions as they move down a level in the provincial framework.

The Niagara Region is now classified as red, the Chatham-Kent, Middlesex-London and Southwestern units all move to the orange tier, Haldimand-Norfolk and Huron Perth transition to the yellow level, and Grey Bruce will become a green zone with the least restrictive measures in place.

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Update: Quebec opens vaccination appointments for 70+ in Montreal and Laval – Montreal Gazette

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The Quebec government said it would prioritize the Montreal health region because it is hardest hit by the pandemic.

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Nine areas of Ontario move into new tiers of coronavirus framework today; two go into lockdown – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Published Monday, March 1, 2021 5:41AM EST


Last Updated Monday, March 1, 2021 6:31AM EST

TORONTO — New public health measures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19 went into effect across nine Ontario regions today, including two that are heading into lockdown due to rising case counts.

The Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka health units have seen infections rising in recent days, driven in part by transmission of more infectious variants of the virus.

The province activated what it describes as an “emergency brake” for those districts, moving them to the grey tier of Ontario’s colour-coded pandemic response plan.

The move will impose a variety of more stringent public health measures in those regions, including capping most indoor gatherings at 10 people, closing restaurants to in-person service and forcing non-essential retailers to operate at 25-per-cent capacity.

Seven other public health units will be easing restrictions as they move down a level in the provincial framework.

The Niagara Region is now classified as red, the Chatham-Kent, Middlesex-London and Southwestern units all move to the orange tier, Haldimand-Norfolk and Huron Perth transition to the yellow level, and Grey Bruce will become a green zone with the least restrictive measures in place.

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