COVID-19 updates, Feb. 9 2021

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 38 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Waterloo region.

The total number of cases in the month of February is now 420, with 400 active cases, 31 people in hospital and 11 in intensive care units.

Ontario reported 1 022 cases, the fewest on a single day without data errors since November.

There are 33 active outbreaks throughout the region, including 19 in long-term care facilities: two on the fourth and fifth floors at St. Mary’s General Hospital and one at Conestoga Meats where there have been 163 cases.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported on either of the Wilfrid Laurier University campuses in Waterloo or Brantford in the past 14 days.

Laurier announced preparations for a return to campus in Fall 2021, with as many in-person undergraduate and graduate classes being held as possible in accordance with public health guidelines.

The province administered 12 462 more COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, Feb. 8.

Ontario’s vaccine rollout has been delayed due to continued lack of supply.

Stay-at-home orders have been extended to Feb.16 for Waterloo region and in Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County.

Premier Doug Ford expressed in a press conference on Monday the importance of staying home, especially with new, more transmittable variants of COVID-19 circulating, along with rising hospital numbers.

The province is planning on moving areas back into colour-coded designations that identify green, yellow, orange, red and grey lockdown stages.

Gradual reopenings and a potential “grey” stage are not expected to bring normalcy back to Waterloo region.

Local residents have been cautioned to remain diligent in order to keep cases under control in the coming weeks and months as more people are vaccinated.

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