As of Monday, July 5, 35 new COVID-19 cases were logged by health officials, bringing the total active case number to 357. None of these cases were variants of concern, and the total number that had been confirmed as variants of concern is 3,929 cases.

There are currently 18 active COVID-19 outbreaks across the region, with the majority of them being in workplace/facility settings. 

The daily case count has “hovered” between 35 and 67 for the past two weeks, meaning COVID-19 is “still circulating in the community.”

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped by four to a total of 46, with 24 of them in intensive care units. No new deaths were reported in the region and the total number of COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began is 272

Over the weekend, 31,401 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered within Waterloo region. More than 79.4 per cent of adults have now received at least one dose, and 41.57 per cent have received both doses. 

First doses are available to be received at any clinic in the region without an appointment, but second doses still require a booked appointment.

In Ontario, 170 new COVID-19 infections were logged by health officials on Monday and one COVID-19 related death.

This is the second time the province has had fewer than 200 new infections in a one-week period. There are 1,967 active cases in the province with 155 receiving treatment at hospitals. Additionally, the number of fully vaccinated people in Ontario reached 5,687,477 on Monday.

As the rest of Ontario moved forward into Step 2 of the COVID-19 reopening plan last Wednesday with restrictions easing up province-wide, Waterloo region remains in Step 1 with no date set for Step 2.

As vaccination rates increase in the region, it is imperative to responsibly follow Public Health Guidelines until the region is permitted to progress in the reopening plan.

More information to come.

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