COVID-19 cases on the rise; 26 new cases over weekend in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) is reporting 26 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region over the Aug. 20 to 23 weekend – two in Wellington County, nine in Dufferin County and 12 in Guelph.

While these figures don’t add up, public health as previously stated there is sometimes a lag in reporting.

But according to its numbers, that puts the active case count for the region at 55. A week prior – Aug. 16 – the health unit reported 47 active cases in the region.

That also puts the case rate at 17 – a rise from 11.5 a week ago and from 6.4 on Aug. 1. It’s a far cry from the peak in May when the case rate reached 96.8. But the upward trend is troubling.

The test positivity rate is also on the rise – 1.4% on Aug. 23, up from 1.3% on Aug. 5.

And the region’s reproductive number on Aug. 23 was 1.46%, up from 1.41% the week before. The reproductive number indicates the spread of the disease from a single case. Anything above one means cases will increase; below one means cases are declining.

There are no cases in intensive care units in the region and no facilities in outbreak.


Vaccination rates are slowing down as public health is closing its mass vaccination clinics, but shots are still available through doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and pop-up clinics.

As of Aug. 23, 83.3% of the eligible population has received one dose and 77.5% has received two shots.

The City of Guelph is leading the way with 83% of its eligible population fully vaccinated; Dufferin County has 73.2% fully-vaccinated and Wellington County has 71.3%.

At least 429,008 doses of vaccine have been administered in this region since vaccines have been available.