WELLINGTON COUNTY – Confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have remained steady in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region over the last week.
There are 273 confirmed active cases in the region as of Aug. 10, down four from last week’s total of 277.
Recent numbers seem to indicate the seventh wave of the pandemic may be levelling off locally following a huge increase in July, when cases essentially doubled.
That was preceded by a steady decline in cases in May and June.
In Wellington County, there are 76 known active cases as of Aug. 10, essentially unchanged over the last two weeks (75 on Aug. 3 and 76 on July 27).
In Dufferin County there are 50 active cases (up from 36 a week ago) and in Guelph there are 131 (down from 144).
Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore stated earlier this summer that actual case counts across the province are likely five times the reported numbers.
Seventeen people were hospitalized with COVID-19 across the region as of Aug. 3, with none in intensive care units (ICU) – down from 23 two weeks ago (one in an ICU).
However, hospitalizations have increased significantly since the end of May, when there were five people hospitalized with the virus (none in an ICU).
As of Aug. 10, across the WDGPH region 59.9% of residents aged 12 and older have received at least three vaccine doses, while 89% of those five and older have received two doses and 91.5% have received a single dose.
At the county level, as of Wednesday, 60.8% of Wellington residents aged 12 and older have received at least three vaccine doses, 87.5% of those five and older have had two doses, and 89.7% have received a single dose.
Fourth doses are now available for all Ontarians aged 18 to 59, as are Moderna vaccines for those aged six months to five years.
There were two new COVID-19 deaths in the region this week: a Wellington County man aged 60 to 69, and a Guelph man aged 80-plus.
As of Aug. 10, a total of 167 deaths across the WDGPH region have been attributed to COVID-19, including 56 in Wellington County.
As of Aug. 5, there were eight active COVID-19 outbreaks at health care facilities in the region, including the following in Guelph and Wellington:
- Village of Riverside Glen retirement and long-term care homes (various units) in Guelph, declared July 9 and 24;
- Chartwell Royal and Wellington Park retirement homes in Guelph, declared July 21 and 26;
- Morriston Park retirement home in Puslinch, declared July 22;
- Strathcona long-term care home (second floor) in Mount Forest, declared July 28.