COVID-19 cases down across region; hospitalizations up slightly

Public health recommends additional vaccine dose for two-thirds of local residents

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region are down this week, while hospitalizations are up slightly.

And according to a revamped vaccination dashboard on its website, public health officials say two-thirds of area residents are not up-to-date with vaccinations.


As of Oct. 5, there are 152 confirmed active cases in the region, down from 171 on Sept. 28.

In Wellington County, there are 35 known active cases, down from 43 a week ago.

In Dufferin County there are 34 active cases (up from 20 on Sept. 28) and in Guelph there are 79 (down from 107).

Many health officials have previously suggested actual case numbers are five times the reported figures.

WDGPH COVID-19 case data from Oct. 5, 2022.


As of Oct. 3, there are 14 people hospitalized across the region who tested positive for COVID-19, up from nine on Sept. 22.

Just one COVID-positive individual was admitted to an ICU (steady since Sept. 14).


As of Oct. 5, WDGPH is changing the way it presents COVID-19 vaccination information on its website, “based on the latest provincial vaccination recommendations.”

Instead of including percentages for those who have received one, two and three doses, the dashboard now classifies residents as “up to date” with vaccination, “additional dose recommended” or “initiate population” (those who have not yet received any vaccinations).

Public health considers 20.1% 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 66.7% of area residents, noting they are eligible for another dose and six months has passed since their previous dose.

That leaves 13.2% of the population that have not yet received a dose.

In Wellington County the figures are 20, 64.8 and 15.2% respectively.

WDGPH vaccination status data as of Oct. 5, 2022.



As of Oct. 5, a total of 181 deaths across the WDGPH region have been attributed to COVID-19 (up from 180 a week ago), including 58 in Wellington County (unchanged).

Facility outbreak

As of Sept. 27, there is one active COVID-19 outbreak at the Elliott Community retirement home in Guelph, declared Sept. 18.