WELLINGTON COUNTY – Confirmed COVID-19 cases across the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region have decreased significantly for third straight week, while hospitalizations are down slightly.
As of Jan. 25, there are 136 confirmed active cases in the region, down 21 per cent from 173 a week ago.
This marks the third week in a row that case counts have decreased, following a massive increase in cases over the Christmas holidays (there were 230 confirmed cases on Jan. 4).
In Wellington County, there are 44 known active cases, down from 52 on Jan. 18.
In Dufferin County there are 14 active cases (down from 27) and in Guelph there are 74 (down from 86).
Health experts have previously stated the actual number of cases circulating in a community is at least five times higher than the confirmed case count due to changes in reporting/testing criteria.
Hospital data, which has been updated for the first time in a month on the public health COVID-19 dashboard, shows there are 16 people with COVID-19 in hospitals across the region as of Jan. 23.
That’s down from 18 on Jan. 18.
There is one COVID patient in intensive care unit – unchanged from Jan. 18.
On Jan. 25 public health considered 26.8% of the local population up to date with vaccination, which it defines as having received a vaccine in the last six months.
It recommends an additional dose for 60.1% of area residents, noting they are eligible for another dose and six months has passed since their previous dose.
That leaves 13.1% without a dose.
In Wellington County the figures were 26.9, 58 and 15.1% respectively.
As of Jan. 25, the WDGPH dashboard shows a total of 197 deaths across the region have been attributed to COVID-19.
That’s up one from 196 on Jan. 18.
Wellington County residents account for 62 of the regional COVID-19 deaths, up from 61 a week ago.
WDGPH officials have confirmed the latest death is a county woman aged 70 to 79.
As of Jan. 23, there were active COVID-19 outbreaks at the following health care facilities:
- Village of Arbour Trails in Guelph (retirement home, Williamsburg and Becker units), declared Dec. 15; and
- Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home in Aboyne (Cedar Gorge), declared on Jan. 4.